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What is the Main Idea


In this video, students learn how to identify what the main idea of a story is.  The central point of something (such as a story or book) is called its “main idea”. For example, if you want to summarize this sentence: “I love reading books about dinosaurs” – then the main idea would be that I like reading about dinosaurs. There are opportunities for students to practice identifying the main idea throughout the video with sample stories. The most important part about knowing the main idea of a sentence or paragraph is that it helps increase reading comprehension and enjoyment! When children are learning to read, it can be difficult for them to identify the main idea. This video will help your student figure out the main ideas in stories and books by providing practice opportunities with sample stories that they’ll try.

IAS supported: 3.RN.2.2: Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.


CCSS aligned: RI.3.2: Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.