Main Idea and Details Printables


  • Grades: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade

  • Subjects: Foreign Languages

  • Product Type: Printable

  • Format: Digital product, Downloadable

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Product Description

This fun main idea and details activity pack takes a new, engaging approach to teaching an old skill. Great for students at many different reading levels. Common Core aligned.

This packet of main idea activities and printables is designed to help your students grasp main idea in non-fiction texts. This activity pack takes a whole new approach to learning main idea, starting with pictures and then moving into text.

Originally developed for my ESOL students, these activities are ideal for mainstream or ESOL classrooms. I have used these activities to teach and review main idea in grades 2-8. These activities are aligned with CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2, and also meet standards for CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2 and CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2.

After completing these activities, your students will be more than ready to tackle main idea in grade-level texts. I start my students out with these activities, then move to paragraph level, and finally a full, grade-level appropriate article using the organizers included.

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Tools for Teachers by Laurah J.
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I am currently an ESOL coach for my district, working with both ESOL and mainstream teachers to help them differentiate and improve the quality of their instruction for English language learners. I currently work in Maryland, but spent several years teaching in North Carolina, and I completed my student teaching in Tennessee as well. During my career, I have worked with students in grades K-8, though most of my attention has been focused on the upper grades, 4-8. I have been invited to Busan, S. Korea, twice to conduct 2 week teacher training seminars on Content Based English Instruction for English language learners, and I am SIOP trained. In addition, I also lead numerous Continuing Professional Development courses, workshops, and focus groups for teachers in my district. In addition to my MS, I also have a BA degree in Spanish and Mass Communications.

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