Main Idea

So, it has been a crazy week!  Tennessee adopted a new evaluation model this year, and my first observation was this past week.  I decided to do my lesson on main idea.  We have been finding the main idea in Treasures for the past two weeks.  Main idea is such a difficult thing for our little ones to get the hang of.  Here are some of the things we did this week in covering main idea:





We made anchor charts in which we discussed the main idea and supporting details.


We watched a really cute movie on BrainPop Jr about how to find the main idea in text.  This one really got their attention.  They love BrainPop!









I had my second graders trace their hands on construction paper and cut them out.  They put the supporting details on their fingers and the main idea on the palm of their hand.



This is a main idea mobile I made.  The main idea is at the top and the supporting details hang off the bottom.





We also incorporated Cara's Brown Bag Book Club idea.  I could not believe how well this went!  They were so into it!  I gave them prompts to also discuss about their weekly story.  They actually stayed on task and discussed the story.  {The popcorn incentive helped a little, too!}  This is a great review for the weekly comprehension test.  I think I will try to do this every week.  Thanks for the idea Cara!



16 comments

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  2. Wow! Thank you so much for these ideas! We will be starting Main Idea on Monday!

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  3. Love these! I am going to definitely incorporate your activities when we work on main idea and details!

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  4. Hi! I just found you :) and I'm a fellow 2nd grade Treasures user (but down in FL)

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  5. Fabulous lesson! How many days did you use to cover the matherial? Also, could you please share the story prompts that you gave to each group during the brown bag club activity? I am a Treasures teacher as well and, like you, I am from Tennessee. My (extremely big deal) observation is coming up and I had already planned on using the brown bag idea along with Bloom's questioning for the groups. Not sure I can get everything I want to do in an hour - any suggestions??? Any help would be so (kiss your feet) appreciated. :)

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  6. Thanks Alisa! It took about 5 days to cover everything. This was for my planning observation. I just had my instruction observation yesterday, and I was worried about the Bloom's questioning too, but I squeezed them in while I read the story. You could put some on discussion cards for them to discuss during the brown bag book club. For your bag, I would use those questions to also guide me as to what I wanted the student to write about. I put main idea, characters, and setting on ours. I would suggest using a timer throughout your activities just to keep the correct pace. I had to in order to fit it all in. Just go by the rubric and you will do great! Best of luck! {E-mail me if you want a copy of my bag template.}

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    1. Do you still have your bag template? If so I would love to have a copy. My email is laura.oswalt@tipton.k12.ia.us

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  7. I love these ideas for teaching main idea. Would you be able to email me the bag template? I love it and would love to do it with my class next week. Thanks so much!
    brandirucker@gmail.com

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  8. I would love your bag template too! I am doing brown bag book club next week! Thanks so much for your great ideas!

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  9. whoops...guess you'll need my email address! colleenreagan@comcast.net
    Thanks again!

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  10. I love your ideas! I would like your bag template too please. kenelya@friscoisd.org

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  11. I would love a copy of your bag template! Thank you!
    amy.campbell1@knoxschools.org

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  12. I love these! Please send me a copy of the template.
    coachanitra@gmail.com

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  13. Hi Could I please have a copy of your Brown Bag bookclub template? judith_davis@allenisd.org. Thanks!

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  14. I would love a copy of your brown bag template. My email is torrie.deville@forneyisd.net. Thank you!!

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