Ms. Smarty Pants : Main Idea This is a great, to-the-point anchor chart Can redo for nonfiction. Look at the title and photographs and headings. Use text instead of story. There's not really a main idea in a story.
This chart focuses on the Main Idea of a reading. The supporting details are the legs that hope up the table which is the main idea. This is a great activity to help students see how details in the story connect to a main idea. It is a nice visual for students.
Free Main Idea vs. Theme Sort! Determining the main idea of a story is tricky, but throw in theme, and things get even more muddled. Help your students see the difference between theme and main idea with this free and quick sort.
Main Idea & Details Game - Students identify the main idea in a group of sentences that are mixed up inside an envelope! For a quick assessment, students record the main idea on a separate sheet of paper.