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857 resources with the concept main ideas

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The Day It Snowed Tortillas

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students listen to a read aloud of "The Day It Snowed Tortillas" before describing the main idea, characters, and setting. They put the events of the story in sequential order while working in small groups. On a chart paper, they place...
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Main Idea and Supporting Details

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders identify the main idea and supporting details in paragraphs. In this language arts instructional activity, 8th graders review organizational patterns in paragraphs and determine which pattern is best for a given situation....
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Main Idea 2

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore the main idea of stories. In this literacy lesson, 8th graders summarize the last TV show they watched, identify the main idea of the show, and list its supporting details. After a discussion of main ideas, they...
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Main Idea: Julie of the Wolves

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students read the story of "Julie of the Wolves." After completing a worksheet, groups of students create a graphic organizer containing the main idea and supporting details of the story. Individually, students answer questions about the...
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Persuasive Letters and The Tell Tale Heart

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students write persuasive letters based on "The Tell Tale Heart." They brainstorm topic sentences, main ideas, and details. They analyze the character and determine if he is innocent or guilty. They create a map listing their reasons to...
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Reading Discovery

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners investigate literature to discover details and focus upon the main idea to analyze it. They use reading comprehension skills to interpret passages of choice based upon literary importance to the overall meaning. While evaluating...
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Wheat: From Field to Oven

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
How does wheat go from the seed to the table? While focusing on main ideas and supporting statements, class members read an excerpt about wheat production and complete a worksheet. The end goal is a display that shows the different...
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What's The Idea

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Learners discuss the importance of identifying the main idea in reading selections. After reading newspaper articles related to nutrition, students identify the main idea of the selection and three supporting details. A reading log...
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I'm Thinking of a Story

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners begin to identify and summarize the main ideas and plot of a story. They are told that they are going to play a guessing game. The teacher says; "I'm thinking of a story, and you can try to guess what it is after I've told you...
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The Old Cat

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders read the book The Old Cat. They discuss the main ideas and details of the story. Students create a time line showing both the main ideas and the supporting details of the story.
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Posters -- What's the Main Idea?

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars discuss the basics of poster productions. In groups, they follow written directions to make a poster about asthma, allergies, AIDS, or personal safety. They present their poster to the class and reflect on the process in a...
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Frog Tall Tales

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students identify and interpret a tall tale by creating one their own as it relates to the theme on frogs. Students apply frogs as their guide and basis for their tale. Students critique each others works and share them with the class.
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Simplifying sentences

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students read through several articles as a class and identify key words in sentences. Students work as a class to reduce the length of the article by shortening the sentences but ensuring that they still make sense.
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Myths

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students complete activities using a software program that allows them to read about myths, magic and monsters, and answer multiple choice questions about main idea, prediction clues, details and sequencing. They participate in a number...
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Gold Rush

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Learners use educational software to determine the main idea of paragraphs. They read about the Gold Rush and Frontier Life in America before writing a history log as they simulate that they are writing back to a cousin in New York. They...
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Main Idea

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Learners are read a book but not told the title. They determine the main idea of the story and possible names for the book. They develop their own story and illustrate them to show their classmates.
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What's the Point?

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students identify the components of a political cartoon and formulate the main ideas.
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Where's My Funny Paper?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify main idea of passages, reading selections, and cartoons.
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Main Idea and Supporting Details

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify main idea and supporting details from a short reading selection using a two-column note taking process. In this literacy lesson, students work in groups of three to four, then compare their papers with the other groups'...
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Skimming

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students examine how to skim textual material. They read an article, and identify the main ideas by reading first and last paragraphs, topic sentences, and other organizational clues.
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Identifying a Message's Purpose

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine the character trait of perseverance and identify a message's purpose. They read a biography of Jackie Joyner Kersee, discuss the main message, and develop an action plan with goals and a message.
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Focus on a Field Trip

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students reflect on what they have learned on a field trip and write a newspaper article reporting on the trip.
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In Search of Food...Living Off the Vegetation

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders locate information to describe what Indians gathered and how they sustained life. They use 5 resources, select a paragraph from each and state the main idea and supporting details.
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What's in a Main Idea?

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders read newspaper articles. In this language arts lesson, 2nd graders identify the main ideas found in the articles by highlighting them. The entire class selects one interesting article from the sports section to discuss.