Telling the main idea from the theme of a text can light some kids' hair on fire! Seriously, it can be really confusing. Use this PowerPoint to give lots of practice in a fun and entertaining way. It's full of great clipart and stories that get to the heart of the lesson.
Please note that this Power Point is NOT editable or printable. It has been saved in Power Point Show to protect the copyright on the artwork. It will also launch immediately into the Power Point program to help save you set-up time. The second click on each slide displays the answer to the question in red.
There are a number of ways to use this Main Idea/Theme PowerPoint in your classroom:
As a Teaching Tool:
Go over each question as a group discussing each answer option. Focus on teaching students how to eliminate answers that have no possibility of being true. This will help with testing when the time arrives.
Divide your class into two teams. Go back and forth giving each team every other slide. Each team must work together decide on the answer.
For Evaluation, write the answer on an answer sheet, then self check when the slide is clicked a second time.
This resource addresses the following 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Common Core Standards:
Comments about this resource include:
Great review and my kids loved it. We did a few each day and they always groaned when it was time to move onto something else.
This worked great for practice and modeling for the students.
Just what i needed thank you!
If you are interested in the coordinating task cards that go with this PowerPoint see:
Main Idea or Theme Task Card Strips
About this Teacher Author
National Board Certified Teacher (2001-2011), Masters in Curriculum, Gifted Certified, Cobb County Elementary Teacher of the Year, Addison Elementary Teacher of the Year, Bullard Elementary Teacher of the Year, Atlanta Journal and Constitution Honor Teacher finalist ($5000 award), District 3 Georgia Science Teacher of the Year, Author of seven books published by The Child's World Press, Wrote online k-12 social studies and language arts curriculum for Coca Cola, curriculum writer for CNN, curriculum writer for American Legacy Publishers 2009-2014, 25 years teaching experience in grades 1st-4th.
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