I am a believer in a hands-on approach to teaching. Students learn when they are deeply engaged in the learning process. But, what does it mean to be hands-on in reading class? From my experience with reading instruction, my students learn best when they are reading, talking about what they are reading, conversing with their friends, moving, and involved in deep discussion. Students learn so much from each other and my reading classroom is nothing but silent.
This hands-on bundle includes fun and engaging activities to teach or reinforce the concept of main idea and details. It includes various levels of activities: Beginning with naming the main idea of a group of objects to determining the main idea of a multiparagraph text and finding the focus and details of each paragraph. Will you use every activity with every child? Probably not! It includes a wide range of skills depending on the individual needs of your students. For example, one of my guided reading groups will be finding the main idea in the multiparagraph text while another group will be working to find the main idea of a paragraph.
I have included activities to get your students moving and interacting while discovering the main focus of a text, a few printables that would be great for morning work or a quick assessment, paragraph and multiparagraph passages, and graphic organizers and crafts that are perfect for any story.
This unit focuses on the following standards:
RI.1.2 – Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
RI.2.2 – Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
RI.3.2 – Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Here’s what’s included…
Activities and Games
-Main Idea Bags (Students must look at items inside a bag and determine the main idea.)
-Detail Match Up (Students must find details to support the main idea. Every student has a different detail)
-Sort it Out Flap Book (Students work with partners to sort and classify words. They must give their group of a words a main idea.)
-Match it Up Part 2 (All students are given a different main idea and detail card. They must find their match and add two more details.)
Printables, Passages, and Practice
-Main Idea & Details Flap Book – Students must write three details to support the given main idea.
-Main Idea & Details in a Paragraph – Students must read the paragraph, find the main idea, find supporting details, or get rid of details that don’t belong.
A Dog for a Pet
-Shining Main Ideas – Students must look at a group of words and write the main idea in the sun.
-Picture Perfect Main Ideas – Students must look at a picture, write the main idea, and then list two details to support the main idea.
Multiparagraph Main Idea and Details
-Students will read a passage, discover the main topic of the passage, find the focus of each paragraph, and then find details that support the focus of the paragraph.
Three Types of Rocks
-As another option, I have included the passages without paragraphs. For this option, students will need to read the passage with a partner and determine where each paragraph should begin and end. This activity is perfect to gear-up the lesson.
Graphic Organizers and Crafts (For any story!)
These activities can be used with any story!
-Main Idea and Detail Flap Book
-Main Idea and Detail Organizer
-Give me FIVE Printable (Students list the main idea on the palm and the details on the fingers.)
-Give me Five Craft
-What’s the Scoop: Graphic Organizer and Ice-Cream Craft
-It’s Raining Main Ideas and Details: Organizer and Craft