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This bell ringer teaches kids to find the main idea while also giving students a mnemonic to help them remember a strategy for finding the main idea. This product is in color and in black and white.
While teaching 7th and 8th grade ELA, I noticed that my students were really struggling with identifying the main idea.
Part of the reason they struggled is they had never been given a strategy to use before. I began googling strategies, something short, something memorable, something catchy, but I came up with weird misspelled acronyms and long, taxing processes.
So I came up with TEAM. It’s only three steps. My kids love it, they remember it, they use it. I hope your kids will love it too!