Main Idea and Details gray pink lime colors tan purple Which word tells you what all the words are about?
Main Idea When you read a paragraph, the sentences are all related to one another. Very often the main idea is stated in the first sentence.
Details The other sentences in the paragraph tell more about the main idea A detail might be a fact about the main idea or tells about it. The details make the paragraph more interesting.
Main Idea & Details Dolphins are good learners. They learn to play games. They learn to do tricks. Trainers have taught dolphins how to save lives. One trainer even taught his dolphins to clean their tank. For each piece of trash they brought him, he gave them a fish.
Main Idea & Details This paragraph is mainly about… One detail about the main idea is… Another detail about the main idea is… The details help me understand the main idea because they…
Main Idea & Details The first U.S. zoo opened in Philadelphia in 1874. Visitors were thrilled to see animals from all over the world. The zoo had six giraffes, an elephant named Jennie, and many colorful birds. It also had some animals from Australia. People were amazed at the kangaroos, wombats and dingoes.
Main Idea Particia Polacco often writes books that recall he childhood. Chicken Soup is based on some neighbors. The books Thunder Cake and Meteor take place on her grandparent’s farm. What is the main idea? a. neighbors b. books about Polacco’s childhood c. grandparent’s farm
Main Idea You might see animals in a African jungle. You might ride the big waves in a pool. You can visit the future too. Theme parks offer many different thrills. What is the main idea? a. big waves b. the future c. theme park thrills
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