I love using main idea bags to introduce finding the main idea. This activity is great because it introduces the main idea and is also a lot of fun! I just put a few items in each bag and students must determine the main idea.
And… I wanted to make sure that I included some opportunities for some of higher students to work with finding the main topic and focus of each paragraph in a multiparagraph text.
Two of my guided reading groups had a BLAST reading this passage about food digestion.
Then… I let one of my guided reading groups take it to the next level. And… I was AMAZED with what they could do. I have some smart kiddos this year!!
I gave them this passage titled Three Types of Rocks. There were NO paragraphs. This was hard, but they had to work together to determine where each paragraph should end and begin. Their thinking was pretty amazing! I seriously LOVE listening to my kiddos think and problem solve. It took them about 20 minutes, but they finally came up with a good idea…. One student grabbed a piece of scrap paper and began helping the rest of the group determine the focus of each paragraph! Once they were able to find the focus, they were quickly able to determine where each paragraph should begin and end… AMAZING!!!
They cut out each paragraph and glued it to a piece of construction paper….
Here is a look at the entire unit… You can find it HERE if you are interested….
There you have it…. Next week we are moving on to cause and effect. I have a feeling that a Hands-on Reading: Cause and Effect will be out soon….
Have a great weekend!!!