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Learning how to identify the main idea in a passage is absolutely essential. That’s why this mini-unit on finding the main idea is a hit! It combines doodle notes (where students sketch notes about how to find the main idea) and actual learning activities to help students improve their reading comprehension skills. It's pretty awesome! First students DOODLE and then they DO activities to help them showcase their learning!
Here’s how it works: First, students will complete highly engaging Doodle Notes about finding the main idea. They’ll learn about the main idea, supporting details, and tips for identifying the main idea in fiction and nonfiction texts. Since the doodle notes encourage students to color, doodle, and/or embellish their notes as they learn, they are able to increase their retention of the material. Then, they’ll complete 5 activities to help them showcase their understanding of the reading skill. They’ll categorize and sort supporting details to determine the main idea, doodle supporting details, and read and respond to 3 reading passages.
This resource is completely customizable, too! First, the two types of doodle notes included (filled-in and guided notes versions) make it easy to differentiate instruction. Then, there are two instructional versions included in this resource! You can either put together a fun student packet with main idea worksheets, or you can set up 5 learning stations. This way, you can create the very best learning experience for your students!
This 2-3 day mini-unit is not only effective in helping students understand how to find the main idea in passages, it’s also incredibly engaging and fun!
***Great News! This mini-unit is part of a Doodle and Do Reading Skills bundle! The bundle includes doodle notes and learning activities for Sequencing, Summarizing, Making Inferences, Finding the Main Idea, Fact and Opinion! Save big AND get students excited about reading with this Doodle and Do Reading Skills BUNDLE!***
About the “Doodle” Notes:
First, students will learn how to find the main idea by completing a set of doodle notes. Doodle notes are color-it-in, fill-it-in, and doodle-encouraging note sheets. They’re not only visually engaging, they’re also effective in helping students increase their focus and ability to recall information. Plus…they’re really fun! In this resource, there are 2 options of Doodle Notes:
About the “Do” Activities
After students complete their Doodle Notes it’s time for them to “Do” some fun activities. The activities are designed around lessons to help students practice the skill of identifying the main idea and supporting details. There are five activities in all:
This detailed “Doodle and Do” resource includes:
- A detailed teacher overview of the resource
- Lesson Plans – Instructional Option #1 – Gradual Release of Responsibility (student packets)
- Lesson Plans – Instructional Option #2 – Learning Stations
- Doodle Notes – Finding the Main Idea (all filled-in)
- Doodle Notes – Finding the Main Idea (guided notes)
- Supporting Details – sort shapes
- Main Idea Trees
- Doodle the Details
- 3 Reading Passages – 2 nonfiction, 1 fiction
- Learning Stations Cards (with student directions – to use if you choose to set up learning stations)
- All Instructional Keys
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