What's the Main Idea?

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Here's a fishbone graphic organizer that will help primary and intermediate grade leaners of informational text identify the main idea and supporting details in an article. Readers record the main idea on the spine of the fish and supporting details on the other bones.

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Instructional Ideas

  • For skills practice exercises, collect age-appropriate articles in a variety of subject areas

  • In addition to the template and directions for the teacher, primary and intermediate grade examples are included in the packet
  • The format also helps users identify extraneous information
  • The template can also be used as a prewriting activity

  • No practice articles are included in the packet