This collection of lessons are designed to help students understand what the main idea is. The lessons include activities to help children find the main idea and supporting details in the text they read. There are activities for whole group instruction, small groups, and independent practice. The books used to teach main idea in these lessons are:
**Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
**The Terrible Thing That Happened at Our House by Marge Blaine
**Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
**Chickens Aren't the Only Ones by Ruth Heller
**The Great Kapok Tree by Lynn Cherry
I have also posted Cause and Effect: Activities to Build Reading Comprehension as a resource. I hope you and your students enjoy!