This product has a week's worth of activities to do with your students. Main Topic, Main Idea, and Details can be a difficult skill for students to learn. I have made this product to be fun and engaging.
Power Point Slideshow
To introduce this concept, I have included a Power Point Slide show that introduces and teaches what Main Topic, Main Idea, and Key Details means. The slideshow shows examples and gets students talking and interacting with the teacher. The slideshow is 60 slides. A PDF version is also included so that you can use any of the slides as Anchor Charts etc.
Finding Main Topic
This activity gets the students up and moving around the room. Each student will have a picture (Key Detail) and will have to find the matching picture (Main Topic). Students interact and work together to find the four pictures that match each main topic. (See preview for pictures).
What's the Topic Game
Students get into groups of about 4. One student puts a picture on their forehead (Main Topic) and the other students give that student clues (Key Details) as to what they are. The guessing student gets 5 chances to guess their picture in order to keep their card for a point. There are a couple of different options of how to play this game in the product. (See preview for pictures).
There are two different non-fiction books (Elephants and Baby Penguins) included in this product. There are three different levels for each book to allow for differentiation. After reading the text, students will find the Main Topic, Main Idea, and Key Details. (See preview for pictures).
There are additional worksheets to use in addition to any of the lessons above. They worksheets could also be used as an assessment.
I have used these activities in my own first grade classroom. I encourage you to check out the preview to see how I used it.
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