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Finding the Main Idea (Grade 2)

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Finding the Main Idea

Read the story below and find the main idea.

Bob's Messy Room
Bob's room was a mess! There were toy trucks on the floor. There were books by the door. There were pants on the bed. Bob's dad said, "This room is a pig pen! Clean it up now!" Dad was not happy.
  1. Dad is angry.
  2. Bob needs to clean his messy room.
  3. Toy trucks are on Bob's floor.
  4. Bob was not happy.
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.
The class is going on a field trip to the science center. Our teacher tells us that science is important. Our class enjoys doing science experiments. We work very hard when we do science.

The main idea is:
  1. Our favorite subject is science.
  2. We are going on a field trip to the science center.
  3. We love science experiments.
  4. We hate science.
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.
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.
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