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Central Idea

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  • Q1

    Babe Ruth, a legendary baseball hitter, was mainly a pitcher when his career began in 1914. He was really, really good at it! During the four and a half years that he was concentrating on pitching, Ruth was one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball. he was in the top five in a number of important statistical categories. This is especially amazing knowing that he became one of the best hitters ever from 1919 onward. What is the central idea?

    Babe Ruth started his baseball career as a pitcher.

    Babe Ruth hit over 700 home runs during his career.

    Babe Ruth lived in a reform school for twelve years during his childhood.

    Babe Ruth overcame a difficult childhood to become a sport legend.

    300s
  • Q2

    Rabbits and hares are not the same. Rabbits live together in burrows. Their babies are born blind and without fur. Hares live alone above ground. Their babies are born with fur and are not blind. In addition, hares are usually bigger than rabbits.

    What is the topic?

    babies

    burrows

    baby rabbits 

    rabbits and hares

    300s
  • Q3

    The ice cream cone was invented in 1904. It all started at the St. Louis World's fair when an ice cream vendor ran out of dishes for his ice cream. A man named Ernest Hamwi was selling waffles in the booth next door. He helped his neighbor out by making cone-shaped waffles to hold the ice cream. The rest, as they say, is history!

    What is the central idea?

    The ice cream cone was invented in 1904.

    The 1904 World's Fair was in St. Louis.

    Ernest Hamwi sold waffles.

    The ice cream cone was invented after an ice cream vendor ran out of dishes for his ice cream.

    300s
  • Q4

    Julia Butterfly Hill lived in a giant Redwood tree for two years to keep it from being cut down. She climbed the tree, which was located in Northern California, on December 10, 1997. Many people helped her by bringing her food and supplies. She did not come down until the logging company promised never to cut the tree down.

    What is the central idea?

    Julia Butterfly Hill lived in a Redwood tree to keep it from being cut down.

    The Redwood tree was located in Northern California.

    Julia Butterfly Hill climbed the tree on December 10, 1997.

    Many people brought Julia Butterfly Hill food and supplies.

    300s
  • Q5

    School children in Washington State are raising salmon! The Department of Fish and Wildlife gives each participating classroom 500 salmon eggs. When the eggs hatch, the children care for the baby salmon and learn about their life cycle. When the salmon are big enough, the class goes on a field trip to release the salmon into a stream or river.

    Which idea supports the central idea?

    school children in Washington State

    salmon

    School children in Washington State are raising salmon.

    When the eggs hatch, the children care for the baby salmon and learn about their life cycle. 

    300s
  • Q6

    Did you know that the idea for Velcro came from nature? One day in Switzerland a man named George de Mestral decided to take his dog for a walk. When he got back to his house, he saw that there were many small burrs clinging to the dog’s fur. He examined under a microscope how the burrs were sticking, and ended up using what he saw to invent Velcro!

    What is the topic?

    velcro came from nature

    George de Mestral

    burrs

    velcro

    300s
  • Q7

    Did you know that the idea for Velcro came from nature? One day in Switzerland a man named George de Mestral decided to take his dog for a walk. When he got back to his house, he saw that there were many small burrs clinging to the dog’s fur. He examined under a microscope how the burrs were sticking, and ended up using what he saw to invent Velcro!

    What is the central idea?

    George de Mestral saw that there were many small burrs clinging to his dog’s fur.

    He examined under a microscope how the burrs were sticking, and ended up using what he saw to invent Velcro!

    One day in Switzerland a man named George de Mestral decided to take his dog for a walk.

    Velcro came from nature.

    300s
  • Q8

    How many sentences does the central idea need to be?

    3

    1

    3-5

    2

    300s
  • Q9

    To determine the central idea, what does the reader need to do first?

    look for words that are repeated

    identify the topic

    ask what does the author want us to know

    look for supporting details

    300s
  • Q10

    What are supporting details?

    Evidence or proof that shows why the central idea is true. 

    A 3-5 sentence summary.

    Tells what the passage is mainly about.

    Clues that help you determine the meaning of unknown words.

    300s
  • Q11

    What paragraph do you find the central idea?

    second

    Usually the first, but it could be in any paragraph.

    Usually the last, but it could be in any paragraph

    first

    300s
  • Q12

    The central idea is always stated explicitly.  True or false?

    False - it should always be inferred.

    False - sometimes it's stated explicitly and sometimes it's inferred.

    False - The central idea is in one of the supporting details.

    True - The central idea is alwasys stated explicitly.

    300s
  • Q13

    The platypus is an odd creature.  It is one of few mammals that are venomous. Male platypus carry a venom cocktail in their ankle spurs. This venom incapacitates victims with excruciating pain. Stranger still, the platypus is the only mammal that uses electroreception. That means that the platypus uses its bill to sense the electricity produced by the muscular movements of its prey. Electroreception is a sixth sense different from seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, or feeling. Perhaps most odd, the platypus is the only mammal that lays eggs rather than giving birth to live young. What an odd creature indeed.

    What is the topic?

    platypus

    male platypus

    electroreception

    lethal venom

    300s
  • Q14

    The platypus is an odd creature.  It is one of few venomous mammals in the animal kingdom. Male platypus carry a venom cocktail in their ankle spurs. This venom incapacitates victims with excruciating pain. Stranger still, the platypus is the only mammal that uses electroreception. That means that the platypus uses its bill to sense the electricity produced by the muscular movements of its prey. Electroreception is a sixth sense different from seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, or feeling. Perhaps most odd, the platypus is the only mammal that lays eggs rather than giving birth to live young. What an odd creature indeed.

    What is the central idea?

    The platypus is an odd creature and one of the few venomous mammals in the animal kingdom.

    The platypus is the only mammal that lays eggs rather than giving birth to live young.

    The platypus is the only mammal that uses electroreception.

    platypus

    300s
  • Q15

    The platypus is an odd creature.  It is one of few venomous mammals. Male platypus carry a venom cocktail in their ankle spurs. This venom incapacitates victims with excruciating pain. Stranger still, the platypus is the only mammal that uses electroreception. That means that the platypus uses its bill to sense the electricity produced by the muscular movements of its prey. Electroreception is a sixth sense different from seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, or feeling. Perhaps most odd, the platypus is the only mammal that lays eggs rather than giving birth to live young. What an odd creature indeed.

    What detail supports the central idea?

    What an odd creature indeed.

     It is one of few venomous mammals. 

    The platypus is an odd creature.

    Male platypus carry a venom cocktail in their ankle spurs. This venom incapacitates victims with excruciating pain

    300s

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