Summarising

Main Idea / Summarising Worksheets

Summarising requires the reader to evaluate the information and determine what is most important. These summarising worksheets and text passages help to teach children to separate the main idea/s from the supporting detail. A number of our graphic organisers are also designed to help children practise identifying the main idea.

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Sea Turtle Main Idea- Easier

Read the text and work out the main idea and supporting details.

Sea Turtle Main Idea- Harder

Read the text and work out the main idea and supporting details.

History of Candy Canes Main Idea

History of Candy Canes Main Idea (Easier)

Find the main idea of short text about the history of the candy cane.

 

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Read the text and determine the main idea and supporting details.

main idea summarising worksheetsRead the text and determine the main idea.

 

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The Mess! What is the Main Idea? (Fiction)

Read the text, write the main idea and create a headline to match.

Sport: What is the Main Idea? (Non-Fiction)

Read the text, write the main idea and create a headline to match.

Homework: What is the Main Idea? (Non-Fiction)

Read the text, write the main idea and create a headline to match.

 

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How Animals Change: What is the Main Idea? (Non-Fiction)

Read the text, write the main idea and create a headline to match.

Beach: What is the Main Idea? (Fiction)

Read the text, write the main idea and create a headline to match.

Dogs: What is the Main Idea? (Non-Fiction)

Read the text, write the main idea and create a headline to match.

 

Summarising Graphic Organisers

 

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Main Idea Concept Map

Organise and identify the main idea and the supporting details. Write or draw.

 

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Main Idea/Summary Chart

This graphic organiser is designed to help readers identify the main idea and supporting details of a text.

 

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Main Idea/Supporting Ideas

Identify the main idea and supporting ideas of a page/chapter/text.

 

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Story Board

Map out the events of a text. Draw or write. Great for retells and summarising.

 

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Story Sequence Organiser

Use this story map to order the events of a story. Great for retells and summarising.

 

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Summarising:
Beginning, Middle, End

Summarise a text by writing and drawing. What happened in the beginning? Middle? End?

 

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Summarising:
Who, What, When, Where, Why, How

Organise a summary of a text using the 6 headings: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How.

 

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Image Cluster Organiser

Fill the middle oval by writing (or drawing!) about a character/setting. Fill the surrounding circles with details about the character/setting. Also useful for teaching main idea, supporting details.

 

More Reading Strategies:

Compare & Contrast  |  Inferring  |  Cause & Effect  |  Visualising  |  Fact & Opinion

 

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