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Reading Skills: Main Idea and Supporting Details

These sites focus on the reading comprehension skills of finding main ideas and supporting details. There are lesson plans, online quizzes, and printable worksheets for practicing reading comprehension skills. There are links to eThemes Resources on Teaching Tips: Reading Comprehension Strategies, Reading Skills: Context Clues, Reading Skills: Sight Words, Reading Skills: Inference for Elementary School Students, and Reading Strategies for Elementary Students.


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This lesson plan provides ideas for teachers to teach students about differences between main ideas and details and outlining strategies. Note: This site includes ads.
This lesson helps students to practice about using details to support main ideas. Note: This site includes ads.
This lesson plan helps students to learn about main idea of a story by writing a title and drawing a picture that goes with the title. Note: This site includes ads.
Here are printable worksheets that can be used for practicing reading comprehension.
Find a sentence that does not support the main idea.
This page suggests using a story map in helping students to identify the main idea.
These sites offer various strategies to improve reading comprehension for students at all grade levels. Includes many online stories and questions to test reading comprehension. There is a reading comprehension inventory and research articles on this topic. Many pages can be printed out and used in the classroom. Some of the tips include KWL charts, story maps, word maps, and story pyramids. There are also links to eThemes Resources on graphic organizers, guided reading, and literature circles.
These sites focus on using contextual clues to determine the meaning of unknown words. The sites introduce different types of contextual clues and strategies on using the clues. Exercises, lesson plans, and a song are included. There are links to eThemes resources on Text Structures, Teaching Tips for Decoding Strategies, Synonyms and Antonyms, and Prefixes and Suffixes.
These websites have lists and activities that will help students learn sight words. There are many quizzes and games. Also learn why it is so important that students learn sight words.
These websites can help elementary students learn how to infer while reading. There are activities, graphic organizers, and short lessons on inference. Includes a link on inference for middle school students.
These websites contain reading strategies to help elementary school students become good readers. Some websites simply list strategies and some include activities to help students learn. One website compares good reading with poor reading. Some websites are written for students who are having trouble learning to read.

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