Do your students have difficulty with the difference between topic and main idea? This resource will help stop answers like, "It's about dogs" or "It's all about cheetahs" when asked to identify the main idea.
We noticed our kids answering main idea questions by stating the topic instead of the main idea. We developed this unit to help teach our students the difference between a topic and a main idea. We also wanted it to be fun, so we made it into Main Idea Boot Camp!
In this resource you will find:
★ Pack Your Bags for Boot Camp: This interactive hands on activity will get your students hooked from the very first day! Bags filled with items that fit the same topic are displayed around the room and students are asked to help identify which cadet each bag belongs to. Your kids will love this introduction activity!
★ Main Idea chant poster: Sung to the military chant, "I Don't Know What You've Been Told..." this chant will help your students remember what Main Idea is all about.
★ Topic vs. Main Idea: A cut and paste activity that can be used as independent practice or formative assessment.
★ 4 engaging and interesting paragraph passages: Your students will love learning more about some of their favorite topics and will also practice finding the main idea and topic.
★ Send in the Troops: Another cut and paste activity where students will sort supporting details and match them with a main idea.
★ Boxes and Bullets: A graphic organizer that can be used with any text to help identify the main idea and supporting details.
★ Important or Interesting Information: Sometimes students struggle with finding the most important details that support the main idea. This activity will teach students how to tell the difference between important or just interesting details.
★ Summary graphic organizer: After students have practiced finding the main idea, they can use this graphic organizer to write a summary. This can be used with any text.
★ Synthesizing graphic organizer and articles: We've provided you with 2 articles on a similar topic that you can use for synthesizing, comparing and contrasting.
★ Answer Keys Provided!
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