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The graphic organizers all follow the "I mustache you a question" theme. The skills include: Identify Topic and Main Idea, Main Idea/Details, Main Idea using Headings, Author's Purpose, and Problem/Solution.
There are 7 graphic organizers in all that focus on the skills above.
The author's purpose graphic organizer uses a technique that we have found successful in our classrooms. Once students enter the 3rd grade they no longer identify the author's purpose as persuade, inform or entertain. To be successful, students need to identify what the author is doing and the main idea of the passage. This is why we use the Verb+Main Idea.
As for the main idea and heading graphic organizer, students will identify the main idea by creating headings for each paragraph they read. We have found a great test taking strategy to be if students can identify the main idea of a paragraph in a title/heading (5 words or less), then they are more aware of what they are reading. This also acts as a great note taking strategy.
Also included is a graphic organizer that focuses only on main idea and supporting details. Students can prove they have the correct main idea by identifying supporting details and examining whether the details and main idea discuss the same topic.
A separate graphic organizer focuses only on identifying the problem and solution.