This lesson is very similar to my Unsolved Mysteries Main Idea center. It is the same ideas, just the stories are different. The theme is still unsolved mysteries, but the topics go deeper. Also, I have changed the guided mini-lessons. I like these much better! If you liked Unsolved Mysteries, you will loooooove this one! :)
Common Core Standard:
English Language Arts Standards: Reading: Informational Text : Grade 5
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
This lesson is a main idea lesson with two parts: guided mini lessons and also an independent literacy center for practice. You can also use the literacy center for your reading intervention groups. I used it both as a center and as re-teaching main idea to my struggling readers.
There are 10 different cards. Each card has a color picture. You can pick which answer sheet format fits your needs.
There are 5 mini-lessons with paragraphs about unsolved mysteries. Then, there are 10 main idea cards with color pictures: Can a Smartphone Solve Modern Day Mysteries?, Is Atlantis in Spain?, Ancient Stonehenge, The Bermuda Triangle "Wormhole", Alien Crop Circles, Ears Ringing?, The Vanishing of the Roanoke Colony, Little Green Men, Did You See Something?, and Casper.
The topics were selected to be high-interest topics for boys and girls in grades 3 through six. The topic and picture will grab their interest; and learning will follow. When I created these I created them because the resources I had were boring my students to death. My motivation was to create a resource that would both entertain and teach them. I noticed most of my kids are into the Unsolved Mysteries section of our library. That gave me the idea!
I start the main idea unit by doing one guided lesson at the beginning of literacy, everyday for 5 days. I never go over 10 minutes. My goal is for the short repetition to become a part of their long term memory. Also, I think the first 5 minutes you have the best attention from your class. After the first week, I introduce the topics and explain the literacy center. I use it as independent practice. While I am working with reading groups, they can do the main idea center. They work at their pace throughout the week. At the end of the week, they turn in what they finished and I give them a grade according to the rubric. Then, the next week, I pull the kids who didn’t quite grasp main idea. I then use the same cards as a skill lesson with just the kids who need it. They are already familiar with the text, so this gives them confidence in group. So, I actually use this lesson for 3 weeks.
By fifth grade, many of my struggling students had been in intervention groups and had the same lessons over and over. Hopefully this is something that is new and different and will stick with those struggling students!