Lesson: Find the main idea and supporting details

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Lesson Objective

SWBAT find the main idea and supporting details in a section of nonfiction text.

Lesson Plan

Locate the main idea and supporting details (Lesson #8)
1. QQ – (5 min.) What makes a good summary? 
2. Mini-lesson – (10 min.)
a. Name the teaching point: Good readers understand that we read nonfiction to learn new information. Today we will learn how to find the main idea and supporting details of the text. 
b. Use the common student text to think aloud about how you would find the main idea and details from the text. (common student text Incredible Insects Q&A by Sally Tagholm)
c.   Using the teacher’s reader’s notebook as a model and the document camera have students copy today’s teaching point and notes into their reader’s notebook.  
                              i.   See the lesson files for notes
3. Students practice the reading strategy – (15 min.)
a. Using the main idea and supporting detail sheet and Incredible Insects have the class help you complete the graphic organizer.   Depending on student needs do this for one or two sections of text. 
                              i.   See the lesson files for the student worksheet
4. Independent reading time – (20 min.)
a. Have students continue finding the main idea and supporting details for sections of the text and completing the summary worksheet. 
5. Exit slip – (5 min.)
a. Why is finding the main idea and supporting details in the text important? When do you think you would use this strategy the most? 
6. Homework – (3 min.) 
a. Nonfiction independent reading for at least 20 minutes and complete nonfiction IR log. 
1. What went well?
2. What would you change?
3. What needs explanation?
The kids love the text Incredible Insects Q&A and were excited to tackle another section of the book today. I also saw many of the students using the foldable sections of their reader’s notebooks as a reference today as they used text features to help them determine the main idea and supporting details. The foldables took a while to create, but the kids are using them a lot and the information is really sticking. It was worth the time investment. As for the lesson aim, the students easily found the main ideas and supporting details because they used the text features to support their reading. This is exactly what I hoped they would do. 
Initially, this lesson also included summarizing, but it was way too much to do in one bite. We might try taking our main ideas and supporting details and using them to create summaries tomorrow, but for today, I didn’t want to take away from the students having ample time to read. 
I completely changed the graphic organizer for this lesson. The one I originally used didn’t have enough scaffolding for my students. The one that is currently posted is a lot clearer and more user friendly. 
As the unit continues I’m finding that we have a lot more time for independent reading. Sometimes we are using our common text for this, but I’m also assigning nonfiction reading for IR homework. The students are making their own book choices for this. Many of my most reluctant readers are quickly getting hooked on nonfiction books. 

Lesson Resources

main idea and supporting detail    Classwork
Exit Ticket with lines for OEQ s   Assessment
nonfiction reading log   Homework
Quick Questions with lines for OEQ s   Starter / Do Now
Good Readers of Nonfiction...   Notes
Main idea and supporting details pdf  
Incredible Insects  


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