Well, what do you know? I actually kept my promise of another post and freebie today! Well, not actually a promise, but you know… (If you missed yesterday’s freebie, click here)
We’re learning all about Main Idea in our 2nd grade classroom right now and let’s just be honest: It is easily one of my least favorite comprehension skills to teach. I remember it being a tough skill for me back in the day, and it definitely stumps some of my kiddos. We’ve learned the tips and tricks. We’ve made the anchor chart. And we’re still.not.getting.it.
So, on a whim the other day I decided to
put my overwhelming amount of Halloween clip art to good use whip up some Halloween-themed main idea passages. I projected them on to my whiteboard and had students write the main idea on their whiteboards. Then we VERBALLY gave some supporting details.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
What’s the Main Idea? Another Halloween FREEBIE!
This says, “Manny lost his hat and cannot find it.” (He's correct by the way. This isn't the main idea of the passage above!)
Yep! That’s it!
As you can see, this was a pretty quick and informal exercise but it was a fun way to get some practice in! We might have to make seasonal passages like this one a regular thing!
I also have to give a shout-out to Tracy from Creekside Teacher Tales. I’ve been using her Non-Fiction Main Idea Pack with my above-level kiddos in reading. It’s definitely more challenging than the passages I’ve created but it’s an engaging, well made product perfect for my high fliers!!
(Click to check it out!)
Ok, so I promised a FREEBIE! You can grab these main idea passages for free, but I am going to make you work for it! Head over to my Facebook page and click the “Freebies for Fans” tab. If you already “like” me (gee, thanks!) you should be able to download them straight away. If you’re not yet a fan, just click like and grab them!
(Don't be alarmed by the image you see. It looks like you're going to be downloading "While You Were Out" folder covers. I just haven't changed the image yet. You actually get to download the Main Idea Freebie and the folder covers too, if you want! What a steal!
I can’t promise they’ll be there forever though, so act quickly!
Have a great night!