In a few words, what is a key idea or detail?
"Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers"
Key Ideas and Details are the main ideas and important facts in a text. When reading a text, look for clues to help identify Key Ideas and Details. These clues can be words, phrases, and sentences that help you understand the text.
Key Ideas and Details
Main Idea: This is the most important concept in a text. It is the author’s most important point or message. Supporting Details: These are facts, examples, or descriptions that are used to explain and support the main idea. Summary: A summary is a brief restatement of the main idea and important details of the text.
The ability to identify key ideas and details is a critical skill for 3rd grade students because it allows them to better comprehend and interpret texts. In 3rd grade, students are expected to go beyond identifying the main idea of a text and begin to identify the key details that support the main idea. In 3rd grade, students are expected to identify the meaning of specific words and phrases in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
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Work together in pairs: What is one key idea from the text that you can recall and explain to a friend?
What was the main idea of the story we read today?
Work together in pairs: Q. What are the two main ways to identify the key ideas and details in a text?
Brain break: Draw a banana playing tennis against a strawberry
What is the main idea of the story?
- The importance of friendship
- Learning to ride a bike
- How to bake cookies
- A trip to the zoo
Who is the main character in the story?
What happened first in the story?
- They had a picnic at the park
- The sun rose in the morning