Finding the main idea and supporting details in non-fiction texts can be tricky for students. It takes regular exposure to multiple texts, rigorous questions, and a variety of strategies to help students become proficient in deciphering the main idea.
Mastering the Main Idea for 3rd - 4th grade is a part of the comprehensive non-fiction reading strategies series that will have your students reaching new heights in their academic achievement. Mastering the Main Idea has 4 weeks (20 days) of carefully designed, activity sheets with questions on high interest articles from SMITHSONIAN TWEEN TRIBUNE.
Each printable ask students to use one of TEN RESEARCH BASED STRATEGIES for discovering the main idea of a nonfiction passage. They are guided through a series of rigorous questions that will help them use all of the strategies to help them decipher the main idea and distinguish between the main idea and the supporting details.
Each of the Mastering the Main Idea printables included provides a variety of questions on a different 3rd -4th grade aligned reading passage (Lexile levels 640-780) that can be found at Smithsonian Tween Tribune. You can access the passages in one of three ways.
Each printable has a QR code in the upper right hand corner. Kids can scan the code with a QR code reader on an Ipad or other electronic device and be sent directly to the article.
I have included for you the link for each of the articles. Many times I like to print the article out ahead of time and provide my students a paper copy.
Students can go to www.tweentribune.com and type the name of the article into the search bar. When the article shows up they will need to choose the appropriate lexile level.
*** Due to copyright restrictions, I am not able to include the articles in this pack. Each of the articles can be accessed through one of the three methods listed above***
This year take your kids to new academic heights as they master the main idea.
IT'S GOING TO BE THE BEST YEAR YET!
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