Main Idea and Supporting Details | Mystery Bags | Reading Comprehension


Main idea mysteries, reading comprehension, small group activities, and more! These 1st & 2nd grade main idea activities are sure to be a hit!


Use these main idea and supporting details reading comprehension mystery bags, graphic organizers, and literacy centers to teach how to identify the main topic and retell key details of a text. Students will also learn how to identify the main topic of a multi-paragraph text and the focus of specific paragraphs within the text!

This resource comes in both print and digital (Google Slides & Seesaw) versions.

**SEESAW USERS: The Seesaw activities are already preloaded to the platform. You will simply click each activity to add them to your Seesaw library!

Included in this Main Idea resource:

  • Main topic anchor chart
  • Main idea anchor chart
  • Main idea OR main topic mystery bags activity: put clues into a TOP SECRET mystery bag or envelope, and students use the clues to figure out the main idea or main topic
  • Sentence Strips: cut apart sentence strips and have students put them into a paragraph where the main idea is listed first… You can also make this into a race between groups or tables of students!
  • Main Idea Puzzles – cut apart puzzles for students to put together and find the main idea
  • Main Idea Scrambles – cut & paste worksheets for finding the main idea
  • Reading Passages: four one paragraph passages with differentiated options for writing main idea and details (Option 1: cut and paste. Option 2: write it out.)
  • Lesson ideas & organizers to go with The Important Book mentor text
  • Seven Printables: different organizers to work on main idea and supporting details (4 various flip flap books)


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