With that being said.... we still have 6ish weeks left which is still full of content and learning for these kiddos!
Down in Kinder-Land... we are about to hit the lovely and favorite topic of "Main Idea" in our reading plans. You know.... that Main Idea that pops up in every state assessment in the older grades?! The Main Idea that has kids just guessing an answer because they ALL seem correct? Yep.... it's THAT Main Idea!
A few years back our campus took a CLOSE look at our state reading assessments in 3rd and 4th grade and really wanted to hone in on what questions were most often missed. Guess which ones were most missed? Yep.... the Main Idea questions!
SOOOOOO...... the campus got together and really wanted to make sure that ALL grade levels were exposing their students to this main idea concept..... even the youngest of the young!
So...... what's the easiest way to teach Main Idea to younger students?
One of the best things I have found is to use what our kids already know! THEMES they are familiar with!
I created these theme cards (Main Idea) with the smaller components (details) that fit with that theme that we can use and sort whole group and even independently!
Want to have a little fun or take it a step further?
Students will have to find the two cards that do NOT belong with the main idea! This is great for assessing, whole group challenges, or just a fun extension!
After using the sorting visual cards, students can use the templates/printables to illustrate their own details. They can choose to use the same four details from the sort.... or again, you can challenge your students to come up with one detail of their own that would also fit with the main idea theme.
I have included a printable for each of the visual main idea/detail sorts as well as a blank one that students can use if needed!
And last (but definitely not least!) if you are into interactive journals or want to spice up a literacy station.... I created two interactive templates that your students can do!
The pictures on the top of the flap are the details and students will be finding the main idea card to paste under the flap! (2 different versions are included!)
Sooooo..... next time you get to Main Idea for your younger students.... remember: it doesn't have to be so hard! Visuals are key! Getting our students to understand what Main Idea truly is.... will help them in the older grades when they do have to apply it with their text!
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Happy Hump Day Teacher Friends!