Finding the Main Idea for Special Education STORY ELEMENTS


Total Pages 159 plus 54 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 3 Weeks


Main Idea is the focus of this 150 page plus 54 google slide unit developed for students with autism and other special learning needs.


This unit has various activities to help students understand and find the main idea and supporting details. The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in the activities either through cut and paste worksheets or digitally through google slides.


The activities are scaffolded:

  1. Which one in the set does not belong?
  2. What do all the objects have in common?
  3. Finding supporting details when given the main idea of popular/well know stories
  4. Find the main idea and supporting details in a short story provided


⭐Includes 10 passages for practice⭐


There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on recognizing the main idea and why it is important. This repetition gives students a lot of practice in finding the main idea and supporting details.


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*****This unit includes digital versions of the activities. There are 54 google slides (includes a differentiated set) and a movie version of the book.


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Main Idea Unit Includes:


⭐ This unit comes in 2 complete files. One is in color and one is in black and white.


In the zipped folder you will find:

  • 15 days of lesson plans
  • Color version of activities
  • Black and white version of activities
  • Finding the Main Idea book (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Digital versions of activities


Main Idea Activities:


  • Vocabulary board
  • 8 Vocabulary cards with suggestions for group activities
  • Cut and paste review activities with the vocabulary (includes digital version)
  • Circle map (includes digital version)
  • Finding the one that does not belong (includes digital version)
  • Finding the common topic (includes digital version)
  • Finding the supporting details when given the main idea of common stories (includes digital version)
  • Find the main idea and supporting details in a story given (includes digital version)
  • Vocabulary puzzles (includes digital version)
  • Close (fill in the blank) worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessment (includes digital version)


Color and BW versions provided (except for the book)


Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated into these units. For example, do not be afraid of repetition. It is critical that students with significant disabilities get to experience material over several days to be able to fully assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students be able to pay more attention to the content you are presenting rather than the mechanics of what is expected. Finally, ask questions. Good questions!! Regardless of the material, we can ask students questions that will push them to think more deeply than before.