The concept of a main idea and supporting details can be tricky for young learners. Building these main idea houses helps make the idea concrete. Thirty main idea houses are included, along with a blank template so students can make their own.
As student build these houses, they literally see
that the details (walls) support the main idea (roof). Students also do a little cutting and a bit of visual work. *No glue or tape is required.*
The directions are surprisingly easy . . .
★ Copy the desired houses on tagboard.
★ First, kids read the main idea and supporting details, with support as needed.
★ Next, they cut on all the dotted lines and put their name on the back of each piece.
★ Then, they match the letters on the slits to build the structure.
★ Kids fold on the only solid line to create the roof.
★ The roof sits comfortably on top.
These make a fabulous display. When it’s time for kids to take their houses home, they simply take the pieces apart and place each piece in their folder. It’s ready to go and they can show their family how they build their main idea house once again at home!
The following Build and Learn Main Idea Houses are included in this pack:
A dog can be a good pet.
Baby animals have special names.
We use balls to play many sports.
Animals get ready for winter.
Kids can help at home.
Jack takes good care of his fish.
You can mix primary colors to make more colors.
Exercise can be fun!
I can read abbreviations. (Includes Mr., Mrs., Ms. and Dr.)
Our bones are very important!
Bells are used in many ways.
Birds live in many places.
Grass is a very important plant.
The spittle bug makes a special house.
Animals lay eggs in many places.
People use glass in many ways.
Motorists read road signs.
Joe is a good student.
Nathan takes care of his cat.
We are going to make sundaes!
It was a rainy day.
The farmer has lots of work to do.
Rose has the flu.
Ella loves purple!
Jack loves black!
Tornadoes can be very destructive.
There is a lot to see at the zoo.
These build and learn houses lend themselves well to writing activities. Kids love to start with the main idea and then write the supporting details.
Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look!
Sincerely, Anne Gardner (NBCT, Literacy)
Main Idea and Details: The First Set
Reading Comprehension Passages for Guided Reading Level D
Reading Comprehension Passages for Guided Reading Level E
Reading Comprehension Passages for Guided Reading Level F
Reading Comprehension Passages for Guided Reading Level G/H
Reading Comprehension Passages for Guided Reading Level I/J
Guided Reading Awards and Parent Handout Bundle for Levels A - L