Each of these Main Idea cards features a short informational text (nonfiction) passage to help your students master this challenging reading strategy.
The 48 cards are divided into two sets of 24 cards each for differentiated learning. The paragraphs on Set 1 begin with a topic sentence, which mak
How to Write a Topic Sentence BUNDLE includes both How to Write a Topic Sentence lesson and Topic Sentence Practice and Activities
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1. A detailed PowerPoint lesson designed to walk you through a whole group lesson that explains a topic sentence, how to write one, and gives
How to write a topic sentence practice packet contains the follow:
1. A printable with a review of what a topic sentence is and how to write one.
2. Four worksheets/activities for practicing how to identify and write strong topic sentences. The worksheets are find the topic sentence, Write the topi
Introduce new writers to topic sentences with this print & go packet.
In this product, you will get one weeks worth of lesson plans and topic sentence practice and activities. This is designed to teach brand new writers what a TOPIC is and then move them onto TOPIC sentences. It is ideal for g
Topic Sentences Writing Lesson Interactive PowerPoint + Worksheet
This is a 10 slide PowerPoint presentation that demonstrates a "grabber" topic sentence that captivates the reader's attention. There is a topic sentence worksheet provided that matches the presentation. Animated graphics have been i
This product is teacher-approved and student-tested. The need for this product developed after observing our 4th graders struggle with expository writing. Also, knowing that this is the first year they are exposed to expository writing and tested on it made it even more important to us. Not only
With this activity, students will mix around the room finding peers who can help them identify the topic sentence or supporting detail of a passage. These questions are specifically designed as a practice or review after the skill has been taught in class. Included are two versions of two wo
Included are 4 worksheets that students may use to practice finding the main topic of each paragraph. Students will also be asked to find the sentence that doesn't belong in the paragraph.
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Many kids have paragraph writing difficulties. With these 5 worksheets, have your kiddo(s) practice editing paragraphs that each have one off topic sentence! While they edit the paragraphs, they are are learning about staying on topic and the flow of a correctly written paragraph.
For students who
It's challenging to develop skills in expository writing, also called informative writing. I invite you to try the free PowerPoint presentation to introduce students to this polar bears unit.
Before students can feel confident as expository writing experts, they need your guidance. Offer my expli
This pack of task cards can be used for a variety of resources.
Each task card displays 4 sentences. Students read the sentences and decide what the main idea is for each task card.
Students can also use the task cards to write a topic sentence. They can also write a closing sentence too. Recordin
This is a set of 3 worksheets that is used to determine if the students can find and complete sentence. Each worksheet has 15 sets of sentences. Each set of sentences has 1 complete sentence and 2 incomplete sentences. At the end of the questions the students are asked to write their own complete se
This folder contains a mini-lesson on topic sentences and main idea. There are several activities that give students practice in identifying topic sentences and main ideas as well as writing topic sentences and main ideas.
This worksheet can be used after a mini lesson, to use to teach with, or to assess with. There are 5 mini (informational/opinion) paragraphs. Each paragraph includes a clear topic sentence and a clear closing sentence. Students can highlight to identify the topic sentences and/or closing sentence
Help your students excel at paragraph writing with these 3 fun activities and games focusing on topic sentences, supporting sentences, concluding sentences and main idea. These activities get students up and moving while learning in the process. No set-up required. Just print, and you're ready to
These handouts provide two models for connecting topic sentences back to the thesis statement and outlining topic sentences that have that direct connection to the thesis.
I have used these handouts in my honors and Advanced Placement English classes. However, they can be in CP-level courses. Th
I use this Presentation with my 6th graders encouraging them to use Topic Sentences. This presentation includes:
Definition of Topic Sentences
9 Paragraphs - Student or Teacher reads aloud to class; Students must find the Topic Sentence in the paragraph. I let them work together and guess. They mus
The purpose of this activity is to help your students understand how to identify the topic sentence of a paragraph through the use of task cards. It’s also intended to help your students understand how to write topic sentences when writing an informational paragraph.
Included in th
A high quality large size of "Finding the Topic Comment Sentence in the Story Picture" poster, handout or even it can be adapted for instructional uses about the how Topic Comment in ASL sentence really work!
A first ASL friendly format ever created to show a true meaning of ASL grammar structures
Test Prep Activity Bundle including paragraph structure, topic sentences, and main idea and supporting details. Feel free to use these resources as you prepare your students for a big test or simply use them as a way to improve your students’ reading and writing skills. Read the descriptions of each
A how to guide on writing interesting topic sentences. Includes a student friendly guide, practice finding topic sentences in a paragraph, matching topic sentences with supporting details and writing topic sentences.
This writing unit provides practice for students to form a topic sentence and to realize that there can be more than one way to state a paragraph's main idea. Included are teacher directions and topic sentence practice sheets. (Find other units by searching "Paragraph Writing".)
This activity is to be used after students have read chs. 14-16. Through this assignment students will think analytically about supporting their ideas. They are presented with four topic sentences for which they will need to find supporting details, quotes, and literary elements.
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This SmartBoard lesson is a great way to get students to write and identify topic sentences. There are 15 total slides with many opportunities to practice the skill, so it takes me 2 language arts periods to teach this.
The lesson begins with sample topic sentence
This lesson teaches students eight different strategies to write a topic sentence. The strategies deviate away from the overused "start with a question" or "The topic is _____" that teachers often find in student writing. The lesson allows student practice time with each strategy so that they can ga
This trait-based writing unit provides information about how to recognize main ideas, identify the topic sentence and supporting details, and write sentences and paragraphs. Included are teacher directions/examples and four practice pages in which students identify either the main idea or the topic
This resource was developed to explicitly teach 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders to understand an opinion writing prompt and consequently develop a good topic sentence from that prompt. The activities are based on the "I Do, We Do, You Do" method of teaching, which in my personal experience is one of the
This "Essay Starter/Topic Sentence" Worksheet defines the 4 major parts of a good story: setting, character, conflict, and resolution. Students write topic sentences for paragraphs on these 4 topics, and then they also find one quotation to support one of the ideas introduced in the topic sentence
This "take it to your seat" literacy center for grades 1-3 directs students to select a fish task card from the shoebox tummy of a bear, copy the topic sentence, and write supporting sentences. The unit includes directions for constructing the shoebox (with a bear on the front) and fish pattern tas
This activity would be great to use in a center activity. It involves the students reading the sentence and correctly matching the topic sentence with the correct paragraph.
To use the product you just simply laminate, cut the tail off, and mix them up. It works great for student struggling with f
This writing unit states that every paragraph should have a main idea expressed in a topic sentence. Activity pages provide practice for students to read a paragraph, select the main idea, and underline the topic sentence. (Find other units by searching "Paragraph Writing".)
This writing activity provides twelve open-ended topic sentences so that students might select one (such as "I saw something strange on the way to school today.") and write one or more paragraphs on the topic. (Find other units by searching "Paragraph Writing".)
This trait-based writing unit provides facts on six different subjects and directs students to select one subject, create a topic sentence for the subject, and then add supporting details in a paragraph. The unit includes teacher directions for guided practice and six subjects with five details. (
Matching game with nine paragraphs missing the topic sentence (in the shape of fish). Cut the tails off the fish (topic sentence) after printing and laminate pieces. This is good for independent practice or give each student a piece to find who has their paragraph or sentence. After students have
Make going back into the text and finding where students got their answers a habit with these task cards.
These task cards are ideal for reading notebooks, small group work, stations, RTI, early finishing work, or morning work.
Every task card has 4 questions. The questions from each passage re
Opinion Writing Freebie!- OREO Strategy Poster and Topic Sentence Starters
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Students need purposeful practice on finding topic sentences to improve reading comprehension. These fourth grade texts capture student interest with focused, standards-based activities that provide targeted practice opportunities. Build students' comprehension skills to prepare for standardized tes
Students need purposeful practice on finding topic sentences to improve reading comprehension. These third grade texts capture student interest with focused, standards-based activities that provide targeted practice opportunities. Build students' comprehension skills to prepare for standardized test
This is three different hand outs that I use in class to help practice writing the Occasion/Position topic sentence. I find that students often have trouble thinking of a topic when they have to write and this helps them create a topic sentence about different topics. The occasion/position sentenc
Students need purposeful practice on finding topic sentences to improve reading comprehension. These fifth grade texts capture student interest with focused, standards-based activities that provide targeted practice opportunities. Build students' comprehension skills to prepare for standardized test
This writing unit provides four activity pages in which students list Mother Rabbit's rules, choose one to write about, and practice writing topic sentences. They also learn how to draw a rabbit, begin sentences with capital letters, and end with appropriate punctuation. (Find other units by searchi
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This pack was created to help second grade teachers find simple and engaging activities for students to complete during the literacy block. These activities were designed for assessments, independent or partner work and would be perfect for centers. I
Make going back into the text and finding where students got their answers a habit with these task cards.
These task cards are ideal for reading notebooks, small group work, stations, RTI, early finishing work, or morning work. Purchasing a bundle will be ideal for those who have learners at a va
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This is a practice designed for students who have the basic concept of Topic and Details. (For 1st graders, it can be used as a whole class lesson, with the teacher.) It addresses two skills:recognizing Topic Sentences in a paragraph, and recognizing sentences within a paragraph that do NOT relate t
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Learning about paragraph structure is the first step to effectively reading or writing nonfiction text. When kids analyze a text to locate the topic sentence, they will find the main idea. As they consider which sentences directly reinforce the topic sentence and which simply elaborate, they’ll unco
Being able to determine main ideas is crucial to writing book reports, outlining, reading social studies and science materials, and general reading comprehension. That is why the lessons in this unit are so important.
The 26 exercises in found here have been designed to help develop a thinking proc
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