Lesson: Main Idea through Headings and Repeated Words

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Lesson Objective

Nonfiction readers begin to find the main idea of a section by reading the heading and looking for repeating words SWBAT identify and support the main idea of a section or paragraph in their JR NF text through talking with their partner and adding evidence

Lesson Plan

 

TP:

Nonfiction readers begin to find the main idea of a section by reading the heading and looking for repeating words

SWBAT identify and support the main idea of a section or paragraph in their JR NF text through talking with their partner and adding evidence

 

Connect:

Readers, If I packed a bag full of popcorn, a movie, my pajamas, a sleeping bag, and a pillow...what is the idea you are getting in you head of what I might be doing? (Going to sleepover)

Sometimes, as readers we have to put all the details of what we are reading together to get to a bigger idea, the big picture of what the author is trying to tell us or make us think.

Teach:

Today I'm going to teach you that Non-fiction readers can find the main idea of a section by reading the heading and looking for repeating words.

 

This is important because having strategies to figure out what the author is tell us about might help when we are confused about a text. Knowing the main idea of a text shows that you understood the most important things about it.

 

Steps:

1. Read the heading and section of text below it.

2. Look for repeated words.

3. Ask, "what is this section telling me about __________?" (Repeated words/heading)

 

Watch me as I find the main idea of the section on (p.4-5) of the book 'Send a Message.'

 

I notice the heading is 'Communicating with Pictures.' I also see the word 'pictures' repeated in the text. What is this section telling me about pictures/communicating with pictures? It is telling me that long ago, people use pictures to communicate.

 

Active Engagement:

Now you try! Let's look at p.8-9. (Read text)

The head is 'Faster and Easier.' What repeated words to you notice? (Printing, copies, messages, mail) What is this telling me about printing, copies, messages, and mail? It is telling me that printing, copies, messages, and mail made communication easier and faster.

 

Link:

Today and everyday when you are looking for the main idea for a section of a text, remember to use your heading and repeated words to help you.

 

Today you will read a 'just-right' book and practice finding the main idea of two paragraphs/sections by using this strategy.

 

Independent Work:

Reading A-Z Leveled Texts:

Level D: City Animals

Level G: Discovering Dinosaurs

Level M: Breeds of Dogs

 

Share:

The main idea of this section was _______________. I know this because ______________________.

 

What went well? The lesson is very straightforward and the kids were able to pick up on the concept very easily. The analogy of finding the main idea of a bag of things was helpful. I continued it with the other two main idea lessons for the week as well.

 

What would you change? The only issue I had was that with lower readers, sometimes it's hard for them to pick up on repeating words. In this case, I would encourage them to rely mostly on the heading to exercise the purpose of the lesson.

 

What needs explaining? I print out 'just-right' texts for groups of kids in my class from Readinga-z.com. The site gives you the ability to search by particular skills you are looking to teach.

 

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