Main Idea

Finding the main idea isn’t always a piece of cake. In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby will show you how to figure out the main point of a piece of writing, whether it’s an essay, article, or paragraph. You’ll also discover things like what a topic is and what details are, including why they’re useful in determining the main idea. Plus, you’ll get some helpful hints to keep in mind when you’re reading any passage. Get the idea?

Note-Taking Skills Lesson Plan: Create a Personalized System

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for students in grades 3-12, students will explore various styles of note-taking and develop their own unique and effective note-taking system. See more »

Main Idea Lesson Plan: It’s a Real Life Skill!

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-8, students use BrainPOP Jr. and/or BrainPOP resources to explore main idea. Students will practice finding the main idea of popular movies, music videos, books, and/or articles and complete a graphic organizer to analyze the main idea of a piece of media they select. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Test Preparation Lesson Plan: Self-Assessment and Reflection

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students use BrainPOP resources for test preparation, reflecting on their progress and areas of strength and weakness. Students then review key skills and concepts through independent and collaborative activities. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Main Idea Activities for Kids

In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about finding the main idea of a paragraph, story or other reading passage. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Main Idea topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more. See more »


  • brainpopandrew

    The new Make-a-Map feature was fantastic! Students grabbed movie images from the “main idea” video, but then added images from another video of their choice. This helped them apply the knowledge about main idea and supporting details using BrainPOP.