This lesson plan was designed to show children how to identify main ideas, as well as use text evidence and details to support the main ideas. It is common core based, and includes guided reading groups. There are questions for all levels based on the narrative nonfiction text, Nights of the Pufflings by Bruce McMillan.
It opens with an advanced organizer using concept circles. The children are asked to find the common theme/topic or complete the missing link to the given theme/topic of each circle. It's a great connection since all the circles are based on animals, as the story is about Pufflings.
The kids enjoyed the guided reading groups, and the activity used before the guided groups!
Lesson follows Teacher's College.