Teaching students to read is such a rewarding experience but it can also be very challenging – for the teacher and for the students.
There are many different facets to the teaching of reading just as there are many different methods in how teachers execute their programs.
Do you do guided reading? Whole class reading? A combination of both? Whichever way you teach students how to read, one of the best ways to increase comprehension is by teaching students how to find the MAIN IDEA.
It’s not always an easy task to teach main idea as it is a rather abstract concept. You can teach students to find the main idea of non-fiction or fiction readings. When students are reading stories for main idea, it is also known as “theme”.
When I teach reading in my classroom, we are always looking for the main idea. In second grade, we transition from retellings (which include a lot of the details) to the main idea and supporting details. I created this resource to further help my students identify the main idea.
Part of this main idea package is to put a visual in the students’ head that demonstrates main idea. Here is one I have included in the pack.
Students can also practice their MAIN IDEA reading by completing some tasks cards. There are fiction and non-fiction task cards included.
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