Main Idea Fourth Grade Unit 2 Week 5 Created by Kristi Waltke Main Idea



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Main Idea

Main Idea

  • The focus of a paragraph or an article—what it is all about—is the topic.

Main Idea

  • The most important thing the author has to say about the topic is the main idea.

Main Idea

  • Small pieces of information that tell more about the main idea are supporting details.
  • Main Idea
  • Supporting
  • Detail
  • Supporting
  • Detail
  • Supporting
  • Detail

Think about the story statements that follow. Decide which is a main idea and which is a supporting detail.

  • Main Idea
  • Supporting
  • Detail
  • Main Idea
  • Supporting Detail
  • The President always has to be dressed up.
  • Main Idea
  • Supporting Detail
  • Someone once threw a cabbage at William Howard Taft.
  • People get mad at the President.
  • Main Idea
  • Supporting Detail
  • James Madison was only one hundred pounds.
  • Main Idea
  • Supporting Detail
  • They even had a Shetland pony called Algonquin.
  • Theodore Roosevelt’s children practically ran a zoo.
  • Main Idea
  • Supporting Detail
  • Almost any job can lead to the White House.
  • Ronald Reagan was a movie actor.
  • Main Idea
  • Supporting Detail
  • Being President can be wanting to serve your country.
  • George Washington left his Virginia plantation three times to lead and serve the country he loved.
  • Main Idea
  • Supporting Detail
  • John Kennedy sent Peace Corps volunteers around the globe to teach and help others.
  • Some Presidents do things to make the world a better place.
  • Remember to identify main ideas and supporting details as you read!



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