Recognizing or Determining Main Idea Using Supporting Details

Teaching main idea in the 3rd grade seems to be such a difficult feat. What’s even harder than teaching main idea is teaching students how to summarize. So, a few years ago I realized that these two fit hand-in-hand like a glove and ball. If students can locate the main idea of a passage, then they can create a summary as well. Let me walk you through my thinking on creating this PPT bundle. By the way, I created a bundle using common-core standards and one using the TEKS.

Here’s a video I made walking you through all the components of this PPT.

All of my PPT lessons come with a lesson plan so that I can walk you through how you and your students can best succeed with this lesson. This lesson plan walks the students through the gradual release model: I Do, We Do, You Do. The purpose of this model is to understand which students are really struggling and focus your attention on them as you work through the model.

Example of a PPT slide
Example of a PPT slide
Example of a PPT slide

The first step in all of my PPT lessons is for students to take a Pre-Test. You do not have to follow this step, but I allow my students to take the Pre-Test on Monday to allow a few students the opportunity to opt-out. Students can only opt-out if they make a 100 on the Pre-Test. Allowing students to opt-out helps with differentiation and will enable you to focus on the students who truly do not understand this standard by the end of the week.

Each lesson that I create also contains anticipatory sets. I remember writing these in lesson plans many moons ago and have since missed them.

Anticipatory sets are just a quick and easy way for students to become engaged in the upcoming lesson. Some of these cards can be placed in a baggy and used in a station to reinforce the skill.

Along with anticipatory sets, I also create formative assessments to go with each bundle. I usually like for my formative assessments to be open-ended. The key to formative assessments is to always model first how to complete one before sending students off to complete one on their own. Formative assessments are a quick check to make sure your students are ready for the summative assessment at the end of the week.

Students use informational passages to complete the formative assessments with the teacher. My students loved these passages because they were based around people that they knew and geared towards Black History Month. I taught my students the AVID strategy of marking the text.

At the end of each lesson, I always end with a summative assessment to test my students’ understanding of the lesson. I put this in the gradebook as a reading grade.

I hope you enjoyed this lesson, and I truly hope that it helps your students see how to locate main idea while writing a summary.

Read what other teachers are saying about this product…

This was interactive and easy to work with.

This resource is great! I was even able to leave a lesson with my sub and it went really well. Thank you for the thorough lessons!

I love the short stories and my students found them interesting. The questions were perfect for leading students to the main idea or central idea.

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