Main Idea for First Grade | Reading Comprehension for Back to School

Babbling Abby
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Are you looking for an introductory unit aimed at teaching your students to find the main idea and supporting details to support reading comprehension? You've come to the right place! This can be a super challenging concept for students in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade, but this week long unit will help narrow your focus and have your kids identifying the main idea and key details in no time! There are seven different lesson plans included, plus some type of assessment: exit slip, formative assessment activity, or a summative assessment (activity 7).

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When teaching K-2 students about main idea and supporting details, we need to remember that they are still new learners. They are eager to hear what we have to say, so high interest activities are helpful in teaching this more challenging concept.

As a primary teacher, I find it EXTREMELY important to capitalize on their interest level, while respecting their age and attention span. Thus, I have developed a series of activities for teaching main idea and key details to help accomplish that. Each lesson seeks to: CAPTURE student interest, FOCUS on the standard, and make learning MEMORABLE!

It is my hope that you will use these activities as “anchor lessons” much like you would use an “anchor chart.” Thus, you can refer students back to these lessons and their learning throughout the school year. The activities are NOT designed to ‘dig deep into the standards,’ but to give you and your students a place to start, and to ensure that they have proper understanding of what the standard means before you’re able to dig deeper through your personal curriculum.

You should use these activities when it is appropriate. There is no particular timeline to follow, and the activities are numbered only for organizational purposes. They do not have to be taught sequentially, and can be used as stand-alone activities to introduce and/or reinforce key details and main ideas. I have, however, presented the activities in a sequence that makes sense should you choose to teach them that way. You know YOUR kiddos best, so do what works within your classroom!

Inside, you will find...

-Definition & Support Posters

-DETAIL Acronym Posters

-7 Activities with detailed lesson plans:

1. Details Make Things Interesting: What is a detail? Part I

2. Details Make Stories Interesting: What is a detail? Part II

3. Pay Attention to the Details: Pay attention to details is important!

4. Lookin' Sharp: Details help the reader visualize.

5. Bag It Up {group work}: What is a main idea?

6. Bag It Up {individual work}: Finding the main idea.

7. Details are Key: Identifying details and the main idea.

Each activity includes a "Teacher Cheat Sheet" to make lesson planning easy as pie, and includes picture references and additional ideas!

♥︎Teachers will love how comprehensive this resource is, while basic enough to teach kindergarten, first, and second grade students about main idea.

♥︎Students will love the engaging activities that help them develop an awareness for identifying the key/supporting details and main idea.

What teachers are saying about this resource...

"Thank you!!! This resource was great for small group and whole group instruction. Very Pleased with how easy it was to follow and implement. " - LouAnn M

"This is a very useful resource. The lessons were fun and engaging. It was also great to use with my student teacher because it gave so much helpful information showing how to teach the lessons. Thank you. !" - Danika B.

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