Main Ideas and Supporting Details


In this lesson, students will learn how to identify the main idea and supporting details in material presented orally. They will use a graphic organizer to take notes and record supporting details. They will learn a strategy to find the main idea. This lesson will help students understand and remember information more effectively.

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Introduce your students to finding the main idea and supporting details in oral presentations with this lesson plan. The lesson provides a structure for students to improve their listening skills and learn to actively take notes. The activity is a great listening exercise, and the practice can easily be read aloud for additional listening skills practice. Your students will be able to identify the main idea of a passage after completing this lesson!

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3rd Grade


Language Arts

State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.