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Main Idea & Details Games & Activities

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Students need to be able to extract the main idea and supporting details from a text. These classroom games and activities will help them learn how to do that.

Main Ideas & Details Games and Activities

Nonfiction articles and publications often have some fundamental similarities in structure. A paragraph will often begin by introducing a particular topic, presenting its so-called main idea. It will then continue to justify that idea with a series of supporting details like explanations, facts, and statistics. Students need to be able to identify the main idea in a piece, and then list the supporting details that back up that idea. To help them practice this process, we can use fun games and activities like the ones outlined in this lesson.

Main Idea Pictures

When young students are first introduced to main ideas and supporting details, it can be helpful to start with something easier before delving into dense articles and texts. We can give them this opportunity by having them work in groups to analyze main idea pictures. These are images that tell a story.

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