Main Idea Fourth Grade Unit 2 Week 5 Created by Kristi Waltke
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 tosay 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
There are bad things about being President. Main Idea The President always has to be dressed up. Supporting Detail
Someone once threw a cabbage at William Howard Taft. Supporting Detail People get mad at the President. Main Idea
If you want to be President, your size doesn’t matter. Main Idea James Madison was only one hundred pounds. Supporting Detail
They even had a Shetland pony called Algonquin. Supporting Detail Theodore Roosevelt’s children practically ran a zoo. Main Idea
Almost any job can lead to the White House. Main Idea Ronald Reagan was a movie actor. Supporting Detail
Being President can be wanting to serve your country. Main Idea George Washington left his Virginia plantation three times to lead and serve the country he loved. Supporting Detail
John Kennedy sent Peace Corps volunteers around the globe to teach and help others. Supporting Detail Some Presidents do things to make the world a better place. Main Idea