Main Idea: 4 Introduction Lessons {Bundle}

Main Idea: 4 Introduction Lessons {Bundle}
Main Idea: 4 Introduction Lessons {Bundle}
Main Idea: 4 Introduction Lessons {Bundle}
Main Idea: 4 Introduction Lessons {Bundle}
Main Idea: 4 Introduction Lessons {Bundle}
Main Idea: 4 Introduction Lessons {Bundle}
Main Idea: 4 Introduction Lessons {Bundle}
Main Idea: 4 Introduction Lessons {Bundle}
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This bundle includes four of my favorite lessons to use for introducing main idea skills. These are not your typical main idea lessons where students have to come up with the main idea and supporting details from reading a passage. Instead, these activities focus on hands-on kinesthetic learning styles and require students to think deeply about important details related to a topic.

These lessons are perfect for any main idea unit and should be used an introductory or review lesson.

Lesson #1 (included for free) - Main Idea: The Important Thing (based on the book, The Important Book)
This is the perfect introductory lesson for teaching main idea skills. It can be used as a review or when teaching this skill for the first time to students. Regardless, I definitely recommend adding this lesson to any main idea unit.

You must have at least one copy of "The Important Book" by Margaret Wise Brown for students to complete these activities. Only one copy is necessary. You can find this book on Amazon if you don't already own it.

This is a great book to use as an introduction to finding the main idea. This simple book is based on everyday objects and requires students to think deeply about the importance of these objects. This book might seem small and basic for older students, but it is such a great book for introducing main idea and supporting details.

After reading and discussing this book with students use the template included to extend the lesson and get students to think about the "important details" of objects, people, animals, places, etc. The template is based on the book and follows the same general outline.

Students use the template to fill in the blank spaces focusing on the main topic (idea) and supporting details (descriptive adjectives and phrases) that describe their "important thing".

Once written and edited, students copy their story onto a half sheet of paper.

Students can make a class book to add to the classroom library or make their own book of "important things".

Included in download:
•The Important Thing Template (based on the book)
•1 page of 1/2 sheet writing templates
•2 pages of 1/2 sheet book covers (one for a class book and one for an individual student book)
•Directions for using this activity is included. Sorry, the book is not. :)

This is a wonderful and meaningful lesson to use when introducing main idea skills to students. Students really enjoy writing about their "important things" and the class book or individual books make the perfect addition to any classroom library.

Lesson #2 - Main Idea Mystery Bags
Themed mystery bags are a great way to teach and reinforce main idea skills. This lesson takes some prep, but it's worth it. You simply create a number of "themed" bags full of items that represent the main idea of each mystery bag. You will need to create enough bags for stations around the classroom and include one extra bag for you to use as a model to the class. The objects could include small toys, pictures, household items, personal items... basically anything that will fit in the bag.

For this activity, I've included a list of main ideas mystery bags for you to use. These are suggested items that you can easily find around your home or classroom.

If you're short on time, I've included 12 picture cards of items you could use which follow a variety of themes. Simply cut apart and place in individual bags.
I also included 12 number cards to staple to the bags.


Included in download:
•12 Main Idea Mystery Bag Ideas (for physical objects you can find at home or in your classroom)
•12 themed picture cards to cut apart and place in bags (use these instead of finding physical objects for bags)
•12 Main Idea Mystery Bag Number Cards (to staple on the front of each bag)
•2 Main Idea Mystery Bag writing templates for students to list the main idea and details and to write a short paragraph about their main idea themed bag.
•1 Note to Parents about creating Main Idea Mystery Bags at home

This activity is super easy! All directions are included in the download. *Sorry, bags are not included. :)

Lesson #3 - Main Idea: Give Me Five
Most main idea resources require students to immediately find the main idea and supporting details of a paragraph. For students that are just beginning to learn this skill, this can be confusing and frustrating. This lesson gives students simple paragraphs with paper hands that they use to organize the main idea and supporting details in a way that students can understand.

Students start by reading a paragraph, crossing out the sentences that DO NOT support the main idea, and circling the "main idea".

Then, they write the main idea of the paragraph in the palm of the hand and the topic sentence on the thumb.

The rest of the fingers are for listing the supporting details.

Once the hand diagram is complete, students cut it out and fold over the fingers to make a fist. This shows that the main idea is what supports all of the details.

*You can also demonstrate this to students by using your own hand instead of the paper version.

I have provided an example for you to use with students.
All directions and answer keys are included.

Included in download:
•1 example to share with students
•9 paragraphs for students to read - crossing out sentences that are not supporting details and circling the main idea
•3 different sizes of hand templates for students to use to organize the main idea and supporting details

Students really enjoy this activity, and it's the perfect alternative to traditional main idea resources.

Lesson #4 - What's the BIG Idea
This main idea lesson uses scaffolding with graphic organizers to help students better understand the main idea and supporting details. These activities are different from most traditional main idea resources. Instead of asking students to come up with the main idea and supporting details of a passage, they are already given to the students. This makes it much easier to understand the difference between the main idea and supporting details in the early stages of learning this skill.

In this lesson, students are required to sort and place the main idea and supporting details on graphic organizers. This gives students practice in distinguishing between the main idea and supporting details while eliminating any frustration students feel when trying to come up with the main idea on their own.

Included in download:
•What's the Big Idea Practice #1 - 3 main idea topic sentences are given with 12 supporting details for students to sort and match.
•What's the Big Idea Practice #2 - 6 main idea topic sentences are given with 18 supporting details for students to sort and match
•What's the Big Idea Practice #3 - 3 main idea topic sentences are given with 15 supporting details; however, 3 details DO NOT support the main idea. Students have to sort and eliminate the details that don't belong.
•All directions and answer keys are included.

This is a great introductory lesson for teaching main idea skills. The sorting activities give students lots of practice in distinguishing between the main idea and the supporting details. It is the perfect lesson to use in the early stages of learning this skill.

Looking for more resources to help teach MAIN IDEA skills?

Finding the Main Idea with Non-Fiction Text - Year Long Bundle
Finding the Main Idea with Non-Fiction Text
Finding the Main Idea with Non-Fiction Texts {Fall Edition}
Finding the Main Idea with Non-Fiction Text {Winter Edition}
Finding the Main Idea with Non-Fiction Text {Christmas Edition}
Finding the Main Idea with Non-Fiction Text {Spring Edition}

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