Reflection: Main Idea and Supporting Details - Section 2: Independent Practice


At this point in their learning, it is important to provide appropriate scaffolding for students. They are eight years old and this is their first independent encounter with informational text where they are asked to identify the main idea and supporting details. I have given them a clue to the main idea by supplying it in the center bubble. Now, it becomes their task to identify the details. The graphic organizer helps them make the connection to the text that it is about different landforms and they need to read to identify them. It makes it easy for me as the teacher to assess whether or not students understand the concept of supporting details. They do not understand if they write anything other than landforms in the connecting bubbles. I can intervene immediately provide additional instruction.

(The middle bubble is empty in subsequent lessons. Students will be required to identify both the main idea and supporting details independently.)

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Main Idea and Supporting Details

Unit 10: Reading Informational Text
Lesson 2 of 15

Objective: SWBAT determine the main idea and recount supporting details of a text by completing a graphic organizer.

Big Idea: Students work together to identify the main idea and supporting details and explain the connection.

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