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The main idea is the most important idea in a paragraph.  Supporting details help you to better understand the main idea. 

Supporting Details: 
 details that tell you more about the main idea

Supporting details make your main idea  stronger!

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        Niagara Falls is one of the most beautiful sights in North America. It is on the Niagara River about halfway between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.  Niagara Falls is on the American and Canadian border.  The American Falls is 167 feet high.  On the Canadian side, the Horseshoe Falls is 161 feet high. Main Idea: Niagara Falls is one of the most beautiful sights in North America.

It is fun to visit a waterfall in the summer. 

The American Falls is 167 feet high.

Niagara Falls is on the American and Canadian border.   

          The Statue of Liberty is visited by thousands of people every year. The Statue of Liberty is  a 151 foot statue of a woman holding a book and a torch. It is located on an island in New York Harbor.  It was a gift of friendship from the people of France.   It has become a universal symbol of freedom. Main idea: The Statue of Liberty is visited by thousands of people every year. 

It is located on an island in New York Harbor.      

The Statue of Liberty is a 151 foot statue of a woman holding a book.    

Islands are surrounded by water on all sides.     

       

 The Erie Canal changed the way people moved goods and supplies in the mid 1800's.  The  363 mile canal connected Albany, New York to Lake Erie in Buffalo for the first time. When the canal opened in 1825, building supplies and goods could be transported quickly and cheaply across New York State. Canal boats pulled by mules carried people and supplies the 363 miles.  Main idea: The Erie Canal changed the way people moved goods and supplies in the mid 1800's.

The 363 mile canal connected Albany and Buffalo for the first time.   

Canal boats pulled by mules carried people and supplies across New York State.

It's lots of fun to travel by boat.

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