One of the most difficult but useful skills to teach young students is how to determine the main idea. This unit uses real pictures for beginning readers using semantic, syntactic, and visual cues to help young children make sense of text.
*As seen in the TPT newsletter 9/13/2015!*
Once your students become adept at understanding visual cues and how they relate to the correct sentence the next step is to add a short reading passage with a picture and main idea answer choices. They should not be able to choose the correct answer without reading the passage. Therefore, the picture is only one clue to the main idea. They will use the context clues from the passage, plus the visual from the picture to determine the main idea from the answer choices. This improves critical thinking, language processing, and reading ability.
The following reading passages are an easier reading level because the student needs to feel confident and fluent before looking at the answers.
Answer key included!
Feedback: On August 13, 2015:
"Perfect step up from your Main Idea level one pack. We use these several times per week and they've really benefited my kids in several ways, with both oral reading and learning about main idea."
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Keywords: Main Idea, Real Pictures, Nonfiction, Reading, Reading Comprehension, Reading Passages