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Finding Main Idea (Grade 2)

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Finding Main Idea

The main idea of a story tells us                               .
  1. who is the main character.
  2. what the story is mainly about.
  3. the details of the story.
  4. Nothing
Benjamin Franklin invented many things that made life easier in the late 1700?s. He invented the lightning rod that saved many homes from fires. He also invented the Franklin stove. The stove could heat a room better than a fireplace and saved people a lot of fuel. He also invented a special kind of glasses called bifocals. This new kind of glasses helped people to read better.

What is the main idea of the passage?
  1. Benjamin Franklin thought reading was important.
  2. Benjamin Franklin was not afraid of fire.
  3. Benjamin Franklin was a great inventor.
  4. A Franklin stove can heat a whole room.
Catie and Katie had the same name. It sounded the same when anyone said it. But one Catie started with the letter "C" and the other with the letter "K." How could they know who was being called? They decided that "Catie" would stay the same and "Katie" would shorten her name to "Kate" to avoid confusion.

What is the main idea of the passage?
  1. Catie didn't want to change her name to "Cate."
  2. Catie and Katie solved the problem of having similar names.
  3. "Catie" looked prettier in print than "Katie."
  4. Catie and Katie thought it was fun to have the same-sounding name.
Scrabble is a game that provides hours of challenging fun for you and your friends. In this game you use your letters to build new words from words already on the game board. Scrabble is a fun way to learn new words and meanings.

What is the main idea of the passage?
  1. Scrabble is challenging and fun.
  2. Scrabble is a good game for building vocabulary.
  3. It takes skill to play a good game.
  4. Scrabble can take hours to play.
Sonny watches too much television. A toddler shouldn't spend hours sitting in front of a television screen. Worse yet, some of his wild behavior has been inspired by those awful cartoons he watches. His parents should spend more time reading or playing games with him and pull the plug on the TV! Toddlers nee more attention than just keeping them occupied and quiet.

What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Watching a lot of television is good for a baby.
  2. Books are good to read to a toddler.
  3. All cartoons are bad.
  4. Watching a lot of television is bad for Sonny.
Brandon is in the fourth grade. He loves to play games. His favorite game is basketball. When Brandon goes outside, he plays basketball with his friends.

The main idea is:
  1. Brandon is in the fourth grade.
  2. Brandon loves to play games.
  3. Brandon plays outside.
  4. Brandon's favorite game is basketball.
It was backward day at school. The students had to do things backward. Some of them wore their T-shirts backward. They took at test before they studied the lesson! Dessert was served first instead of last. They tried to walk home backward, but they bumped into each other and fell down.

What is the main idea?
  1. Dessert is supposed to come last.
  2. The students had a backward day.
  3. It is hard to do things backward.
  4. Students failed their tests.
At the store we use coupons to save money. Coupons may come in the mail. Sometimes they are in the newspaper. You can get them in the store's ad, too. Usually you need to cut the coupon out.

What is the main idea of the passage?
  1. Coupons save money.
  2. Coupons can be found in different places.
  3. You must cut coupons out of the ad.
  4. You may find a coupon at the store.
The rainforest has four main layers. Different plants and animals live in each layer. Some layers get more sunlight than other layers. The names of these layers are the emergent layer, the canopy, the understory, and the forest floor.

What is the main idea of the passage?
  1. We should take care of the rainforest.
  2. The rainforest is an interesting place.
  3. Many plants grow in the rainforest.
  4. There are four main layers in the rainforest.
Joey ran down the field kicking the soccer ball. He got close to the goal and kicked as hard as he could. The goalie caught the ball and threw it back out. Joey knew he would try again soon.

What is the main idea of the passage?
  1. You can't use your hands in soccer.
  2. Goalies have a hard job.
  3. Joey's team is very good.
  4. Joey is trying to score a goal.

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