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The Main Idea questions below are in the following grade levels: Kindergarten
Grades: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 College
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Grade 9 :: Main Idea by Morgan_Poppe
What Sentence might provide the BEST EVIDENCE for the following controlling idea.

"Before the crusades brought in new food and new flavors from outside, food in the Middle Ages was more varied for the richer population than that of the poor"
  1. "In fact, when you were eating in a medieval castle, the salt would be on the table in a huge fancy salt cellar, and the rich people would sit near the salt so they could use it, while the poor people sat further down the long table and couldn't use the salt." (Paragraph 3)
  2. "In the Middle Ages in Europe, what people ate depended a lot on how rich they were." (Paragraph 1)
  3. "They grew herbs like parsley, chives, basil and rosemary to flavor their food." (Paragraph 2)
  4. "...they had spices to put on their food, expensive spices that had to come all the way from India like pepper and cinnamon." (Paragraph 3)
Grade 4 :: Main Idea by teachfreedom
What is the best question to ask yourself when you are trying to find the main idea?
  1. Who is the main character?
  2. What is the main event?
  3. What point is the author trying to make?
  4. What is one important detail?
Grade 3 :: Main Idea by mckeever_bpm
What is the main idea of the following paragraph?

Not all plants grow in the same way. Some plants grow and reproduce in one year and are called annuals. Some plants grow and reproduce in two years and are called biennials. Other plants grow and reproduce for many years and are called perennials.
  1. Plants grow and reproduce for many years.
  2. Some plants grow and reproduce in two years.
  3. Most plants grow and reproduce in one year.
  4. Not all plants grow in the same way.
  5. Very few plants grow and reproduce for many years.
Grade 3 :: Main Idea by mckeever_bpm
Teeth can tell you what kinds of food a mammal eats. Plant eaters (herbivores) like deer have large, flat molars for grinding plants. Animals that eat both plants and meat (omnivores) have strong canines and molars for tearing and grinding foods. Animals that are meat eaters (carnivores) have canine teeth for cutting and tearing.

What is the main idea of this paragraph?
  1. Animals have different kinds of teeth.
  2. An animal's teeth can tell you what kinds of food the animal eats.
  3. Animals that are meat eaters have canine teeth for cutting and tearing, but plant eaters have flat molars for grinding plants.
  4. Animals that eat both plants and meat have strong canines and molars for tearing and grinding foods.
Grade 4 :: Main Idea by evanse25
In a field one summer's day a grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content. A group of ants walked by, grunting as they struggled to carry plump kernels of corn.
"Where are you going with those heavy things?" asked the grasshopper.
Without stopping, the first ant replied, "To our ant hill. This is the third kernel I've delivered today."
"Why not come and sing with me," teased the grasshopper, "instead of working so hard?"
"We are helping to store food for the winter," said the ant, "and think you should do the same."
"Winter is far away and it is a glorious day to play," sang the grasshopper.
But the ants went on their way and continued their hard work.
The weather soon turned cold. All the food lying in the field was covered with a thick white blanket of snow that even the grasshopper could not dig through. Soon the grasshopper found itself dying of hunger.
He staggered to the ants' hill and saw them handing out corn from the stores they had collected in the summer. He begged them for something to eat.
"What!" cried the ants in surprise, "haven't you stored anything away for the winter? What in the world were you doing all last summer?"
"I didn't have time to store any food," complained the grasshopper; "I was so busy playing music that before I knew it the summer was gone."
The ants shook their heads in disgust, turned their backs on the grasshopper and went on with their work.

What is the moral of the story?
  1. Work first, then play.
  2. Share with others.
  3. YOLO (you only live once) so don't worry about tomorrow
  4. Friendship
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