Free Main Idea vs. Theme Sort! Determining the main idea of a story is tricky, but throw in theme, and things get even more muddled. Help your students see the difference between theme and main idea with this free and quick sort.
Teaching main idea and supporting details with a paper bag. (Model first, ie stuff to make brownies. Then students create own in groups or solo providing clues for others to guess their main idea. This can be done with other classmates or present to younger class).