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Main Idea Bags: A Common Core Literacy Activity

Tools for Teachers by Laurah J.


  • Grades: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
  • Subjects: Foreign Languages
  • Product Type: Printable
  • Format: Digital product, Downloadable

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This fun activity requires students to examine the images in the bag and determine the main idea of the bag. They must then use the images to write details supporting the main idea.
This activity is excellent for helping students make the abstract concept of main idea a more concrete concept through the use of visuals and critical thinking. Students receive a main idea bag, list the items in it, think about what they have in common, then determine a main idea for the bag. Students are then asked to extend their understanding by naming additional items that would or would not belong in the bag. Excellent for ELL, SpED and BGL learners. Aligned with CCSS and WIDA ELD Standards.

This download contains everything you need (except the baggies) to create 10 themed main idea bags. Each theme has 6-8 pictures.

This download includes:
-Main Idea Bag Labels
-Main Idea Bag Pictures (10 themes for 10 bags)
-Main Idea Activity Sheet
-Suggestions for use and Directions for Assembly

*For ease of assembly, the labels and picture cards are designed to be printed on Avery Address Labels and Avery Business Cards. Links to the appropriate sizes are included within. 

Any claims of correlation or alignment to the CCSS or WIDA ELP Standards are solely those of Tools for Teachers by Laurah J. and have not been evaluated by the NGA or WIDA.


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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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