Central Idea and Details PowerPoint, Informational Texts, & Graphic Organizers


Helping your students master the central idea and details of a just got a whole lot easier with this no-prep, action-packed mini-lesson! With this complete resource, you’ll get an editable slide deck, three original informational text passages with paired reading comprehension questions, and central idea graphic organizers to help your students get to the heart of a text. The passages explore the fascinating world of bees and would pair well with any science unit on ecology, ecosystems, and the food chain.


These standards-aligned informational text activities are perfect for mastering RI.6.3 and the central idea and details. Use it as a whole class, in stations, or with small intervention groups.

In this resource, students will be asked to:

  • Determine the central idea of a text
  • Identify key details that support the central idea
  • Describe the author’s purpose in writing the text
  • Determine the main idea of subsections
  • Identify textual evidence to support their answers

What’s Included?

  • Editable Instructional Slide Deck (one with central idea verbiage and one with main idea verbiage)
  • 3 Informational Texts & Paired Question Sets
  • Central Idea Graphic Organizers

Nonfiction Text Passage Topics:

  • Bees: A Critical Link
  • A Bee For Every Job
  • The Buzz About Honey

These informational text passages and central idea worksheets also make great test prep or last-minute substitute plans. The resource contains complete audio files of each passage so that assisting your below-grade level readers is a breeze. Plus, everything is provided in digital and print formats, so you can use it no matter how you may be teaching.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Taylor said, “This was a great resource! I went over the “notes” portion the day before I was absent, and I left the reading/answering portion for my students to complete when they had a sub. It was a great way for them to perform a close read and give evidence to support their answers.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Laura said, “This is a fantastic resource and the slides are a wonderful visual for my students! It makes teaching Main Idea & Key Details that much easier! The non-fiction articles and question sets are also fantastic, thanks so much!”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Donna said, “Love this resource! Students were able to learn to focus on finding the main idea through the variety of slides and topics. They were engaged and stayed on task. Teacher and student friendly!”


Supports Common Core Standards (CCSS):

RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.3

RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.3

RI.7.1, RI.7.2, RI.7.3


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