We have been working on identifying main idea. The kids have learned to first identify what is important and what is non-important in their reading. Then, they think about what happened most to find the main idea. Recently, they applied this to the real-world to identify the main idea about their family. The details proved the main idea and the non-important things were things that they really don't like doing and don't support their main idea.
Here are the videos of each child's family main idea.