Engaging hands on main idea and detail activities that scaffold from the bottom to the top!
First of all, the great thing about this activity is that you can do it as big or as small as you wish. You can use the activities as a stand alone challenge with no props or transform your room into a pizzeria! I used red checked table cloths, chefs hats, and aprons from Amazon. Pizza pans, brown paper sacks, ziplock baggies, containers, and battery operated candles from the Dollar Tree. I also called a local Italian restaurant and asked them to donate pizza boxes, and they did!
I printed, laminated, and separated the items as I wanted to. Please do what’s best for your room and kiddos! I separated my students into teams and explained the instructions on how I wanted them to work the challenges. Each student received a trifold menu that contains the instructions and steps. This activity took two class periods to complete as is. But you could do it however you want. I had one friend who has a shorter class period tell her students they could pick 4 items off the menu to complete and whichever team made the most money would win.
I have had other friends use the items as stand alones for small group time or centers. Again you get to decide how you want to use it.
My students loved it and I love that it scaffolds from the most basic skill to the highest creating skill.
•Activity and Student Instruction Menu ( I also included an editable menu so you can edit for time and class needs)
I gave one to each student
•Main Idea Picture Sort
I laminated these and put one set in a tupperware type container from the Dollar Tree. I had a container for each team.
•Crazy Pizza Challenge task cards with questions and answer key
I printed these front and back with passage on one side and questions on the other, and then laminated. I made a set for each team.
•The Whole Pie Main Idea Slice Sentence Sort (4 sorts)
I printed and laminated the pizza pan main ideas. I also printed and laminated the detail slices and cut them individually. I put the detail slices for all 4 main ideas in a container together mixed up, and did this for each team. I then put the main idea pans onto actual pizza pans I got at the Dollar Tree. They had to unscramble their slices and put them on the correct main idea pans.
•Paired Passage Pies – Paired Passage with main idea and detail questions and answer key
I laminated one paired passage page for each group, but made enough copies of the questions for each student.
•Main Idea Munchies Photo Cards – Photograph open answer where students will create their own main ideas and details based on the photograph
I have done this two ways. Print, laminate and cut a set for each group and have students complete on separate paper, or print on regular paper and they fill them out.
•Pizza Poetry Activity and question graphic organizer for making connections across genres
I print this one on regular paper or pretty colored paper, enough for each student.
•Chef Team labels for pizza boxes
I glued these to the inside top of my donated or purchased pizza boxes. Each team got one to put their completed work into.
•Student reflection place mats
Each student got one of these on their desks to fill out at the end of the activity.
•Station / Menu Item signs
I used the pizza box labels and other labels as station signs.
Check out some of my other engaging classroom activities, like Sentence Surgery and Classroom Challenges!
Thank you for looking and Happy teaching!