Main Idea

Finding the main idea isn’t always a piece of cake. In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby will show you how to figure out the main point of a piece of writing, whether it’s an essay, article, or paragraph. You’ll also discover things like what a topic is and what details are, including why they’re useful in determining the main idea. Plus, you’ll get some helpful hints to keep in mind when you’re reading any passage. Get the idea?

Main Idea Lesson Plan: It’s a Real Life Skill!

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-8, students use BrainPOP Jr. and/or BrainPOP resources to explore main idea. Students will practice finding the main idea of popular movies, music videos, books, and/or articles and complete a graphic organizer to analyze the main idea of a piece of media they select. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Main Idea Background Information for Teachers and Parents

This page contains information to support educators and families in teaching K-3 students about the concept of the main idea in reading and writing. The information is designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. movie Main Idea. It explains the type of content covered in the movie, provides ideas for how teachers and parents can develop related understandings, and suggests how other BrainPOP Jr. resources can be used to scaffold and extend student learning. See more »

Main Idea Activities for Kids

In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about finding the main idea of a paragraph, story or other reading passage. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Main Idea topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more. See more »