Read Alouds for Teaching Main Idea | Mentor Texts for Reading - Teaching with Jennifer FindleyLast week was wonderful! We had a great time digging into main idea and details during our reading time. We have continued to focus on it because my little ones are having a hard time. I tried to do a few things to make it easier and a bit more exciting. We started the week by reviewing as I did a whole group lesson. We read non-fiction winter books and polar bear books. We made big anchor charts to display in the classroom.
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Beginning: Allow students to share the main idea and key details of the text orally. Intermediate: Encourage students to read the main idea and details to a partner orally. Not an Education. Create an Account. Please enter your email address and we'll send you instructions to reset your password. Go back to sign in page.
Teaching reading through mentor texts is one of the best ways to show students strong and concrete examples of the skills. Using mentor texts is definitely needed! I have gathered some of my favorite main idea mentor texts. With a very clear sequencing of events, students will be able to analyze the text to identify the main idea and many supporting details of the story! This story is also great for reviewing problem and solution! He becomes envious of the other characters: fork, knife, and chopsticks. He thinks that their life is much better than his.
Read alouds are definitely the backbone of my reading instruction. But finding engaging nonfiction read alouds can sometimes be tricky. I have spent the last few years collecting the best nonfiction read alouds to use with upper elementary students. This post will share the read alouds I use when introducing and teaching main idea. Pretty much any of the Strange and Wonderful series by Laurence Pringle are great for teaching main idea. The entire book focuses on one overall topic the animal and then the book is filled with paragraphs that have distinct main ideas.