Do you have a really hard time teaching main idea and summary while reading informational texts? Good! I'm not the only one.
To help teach this concept better, I started looking around for graphic organizers and found out that they are really hard to find. So, I created my own.
The first copy is what I used in class this week, but if I could have gone back and tweaked it for my kids I would have made the text boxes larger so that they could use sticky notes. I made that for you.
What I did was they had to read a page and write what that page was mostly about on a sticky. Then they had to read another page, write another sticky. They did this on day 2 (day 1 was making a prediction) and read three pages.
Next day, same thing. They read three more pages and this was the middle of their book. Three more pages would be the end and then they are ready to write their summary.
This has really helped my 3rd graders to see better how Main Idea focuses on a page/paragraph and a summary should be based on the entire book after completing it
This also works great with children who cannot comprehend a lot of information all at once. I will use this in AR now that we have done this whole group and they will have to compete the graphic organizer before taking an AR test.
I hope you can find some use for this in your classroom. Feel free to leave feedback and I will be tweak it more if needed:)
All the best! ~ Whitney