Explain that the main topic is what the text is mostly about. The key details are the important pieces of information that you can find in the text or the pictures. Students will learn how to find the main topic and check that they found the correct one. They can look at the title and pictures, repeated words, and the first and last sentences. Students will also get a helpful hint to find the main idea: find the key details first.
They will then fill on a graphic organizer determining which sentences are key details and which is the main topic. They will also read three key details and determine the main topic. They will read a passage, "The Many Ways to Eat Apples," and determine the main topic.