Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge What's The Main Idea? - Section 1: Advanced Organizer


Using the interactive notebook and the graphic organizers can be intimidating because of the time they can take, especially in the beginning of the year, to set-up and prepare.  However, I have found that the students are much more engaged when they are using a graphic organizer. 

This lesson was no different.  Although this particular graphic organizer was a little more complex than others, it still proved to be overall effective for the job.  I demonstrated once how to assemble it, and then had the students repeat the steps back to me.  Anytime I give multiple instructions, I will ask the students to repeat them back to me as I write them on the board.  This allows them to focus on the task, process the steps, and ask for clarification. 

Today's set up of the spiral went very smooth.  I think the use of the graphic organizer and the practice we have had using them has really made the process run smooth and has proven to be a huge benefit for the students. 

I would encourage all teachers to make sure they practice this or set time limits, otherwise you could eat up your entire time putting the organizer into the spiral. 


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What's The Main Idea?

Unit 5: Unit 3 Nonfiction and Informational Text
Lesson 2 of 9

Objective: Students will be able to analyze a piece of non-fiction to identify the main idea and supporting details.

Big Idea: Students dig deep and get real! Students are pushed to locate the main idea of a passage.

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