Main Idea and Key Details – Slides, Nonfiction Passages and Question Sets – RI.6.3


Make teaching main idea and key details easy with this no-prep minilesson! With this complete resource, you’ll get an editable slide deck, three original nonfiction text passages with paired reading comprehension questions, graphic organizers, and more to help your students identify the central idea and supporting details. 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 nonfiction text activities are perfect for reviewing the main idea and key details as a whole class, in stations, or with small intervention groups. These nonfiction text passages and worksheets also make great test prep or last-minute substitute plans. The resource contains complete audio files of each passage and is provided in digital and print format so you can use them no matter how you may be teaching.

In this resource, students will be asked to:

  • Determine the main idea of a text
  • Identify key details that support the main 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
  • 3 Informational Texts & Paired Question Sets
  • Main Idea Graphic Organizers

Nonfiction Text Passage Topics:

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



⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 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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