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This is a lesson introducing main idea and key details within a text. The main idea sentence strip is not shown but it was written in black ink. The key details (topics) were written in blue and the "points" were written in red ink as you can see.

This helps all students to have a visual of which idea is the main idea and which ideas are the topics and points. I added the bulletin board cut outs as an extra visual for my ELL's. Project a picture of each animal on your smart board and trace it. It took me less than 30 minutes to trace and cut all four of the animals.

Review what a main idea is. Review what key details are. Re-read the passage At Home in the Ocean from the Journeys book. Remind students to be thinking about what they main idea and key details are while you read.
Have students turn and talk about what the main idea of this text was. Have your students stand at the front of the room. Have students find the main idea sentence strip. Review what key details are, have students turn and talk. Find the animal sentence strips. Review was details go with the key details (points). Have students connect which points go with which key detail. Check for comprehension by asking students if it would make sense to switch some of the points to go with other animals.

Have students get their writing journals and sit by the ocean animal of their choice. Have students write at least one sentence including one key detail and point. Encourage students to open their textbook back up and choose another point to accompany their chosen key detail (ocean animal).
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