Teaching Main Idea

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This is a collection of reading resources and teaching ideas for teaching main idea, including main idea anchor charts, main idea activities, and main idea mentor texts or read alouds.

Jennifer Findley
  6th Grade Ela, Third Grade Reading, Middle School Reading, 5th Grade Grammar, Second Grade, Grammar Anchor Charts, Sentence Anchor Chart, Grammar Chart, Teaching Main Idea

Make test prep fun with this interactive around the room review activity for any subject! It's a great way to prepare students for any unit or state test. Check out the post for ideas on how to implement it!

Around the Room Review Activity for Any Subject

Make test prep fun with this interactive around the room review activity for any subject! It's a great way to prepare students for any unit or state test. Check out the post for ideas on how to implement it!

Main Idea

This is a culmination of my own anchor charts, plus the best anchor charts that I could find online. This is a great place to find effective charts that get to the heart of what you are teaching in workshop. If you have a favorite chart that you'd like to add, please contact me! Also, if I have not properly given credit for an anchor chart, let me know so that I can fix it.

FREE seasonal and holiday reading review mini-booklets for 4th and 5th grade. The novelty and engaging themes will keep your students engaged as you review key reading skills in bite-sized chunks! Reading Homework, 5th Grade Reading, Reading Centers, Reading Skills, Teaching Reading, Free Reading, Reading Workshop, Teaching Main Idea, Teaching Ideas
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Free Reading Review Mini-Booklets for 4th and 5th Grade

Keep reading skills fresh all year with these FREE seasonal and holiday reading review mini-booklets for 4th and 5th grade!

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10 GREAT Activities to Teach Main Idea and Details

The main idea is defined as the central point or big picture of a story or informational text. The details are those statements that support (go along

Teaching reading online and need some digital reading resources? This post shares FREE digital graphic organizers for reading. Teaching Posters, Free Teaching Resources, Teaching Activities, Reading Resources, Teaching Ideas, 3rd Grade Common Core Reading, 3rd Grade Writing, Teaching Main Idea, Teaching Reading
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Free Digital Graphic Organizers for Grades 3-5

Teaching reading online and need some digital reading resources? This post shares FREE digital graphic organizers for reading.

  1st Grade Books, 5th Grade Reading, Reading Skills, Teaching Reading, Reading Strategies, Reading Response, Kindergarten Writing, Learning, Main Idea Activities
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Main Idea Mentor Texts: Fiction and Nonfiction Picture Books

Teaching Main Idea and need a strong mentor text to help? I have gathered six of my favorite fiction & nonfiction mentor texts for you to check out!

Reading centers are a perfect way to engage motivate and challenge your upper elementary students. Read this post for five reasons why. Also grab a free reading center for and grades! Reading Stations, Reading Centers, Reading Skills, Teaching Reading, Free Reading, Art Centers, 4th Grade Centers, Fourth Grade, Reading Motivation
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5 Reasons to Use Reading Centers in Upper Elementary (Free Reading Center Included) - Teaching with Jennifer Findley

This post explores the benefits of using reading centers in upper elementary and includes a free reading center.

  Teaching Main Idea, Student Teaching, Teaching Tools, Teaching Resources, Writing Resources, Teaching Ideas, Reading Fluency, Teaching Reading, Guided Reading
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Conversations from the Classroom: Using Scavenger Hunts to Teach Main Idea and Supporting Details

Teaching Main Idea and Supporting Details can be tough! Find out how online Scavenger Hunts can help students better understand this topic while having fun!

Free digital exit slips to use with any lesson! Use these digital exit tickets to see what your students have learned and allow them to self-reflect.

Free Digital Exit Slips for Any Lesson - Teaching with Jennifer Findley

Free digital exit slips to use with any lesson! Use these digital exit tickets to see what your students have learned and have them self-reflect.

Need tips and strategies for virtual reading instruction? Check out this post to see an example of a weekly structure that you can adapt and modify for you own virtual instruction.

Teaching Reading Virtually - Teaching with Jennifer Findley

Are you teaching reading virtually and looking for ideas and strategies? This post shares one way to structure your weekly digital reading instruction.

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Main Idea Activities

Puzzles are not just for primary grades or math. These main idea puzzles will not only allow your students to practice 4th/5th grade level main idea skills, but they will also be engaged with the novel format.Note: This main idea activity now includes DIGITAL reading puzzles as well as printable one...

Main idea is always a tricky concept for students to grasp! Distance learning makes it even more challenging. This set of fourth and fifth grade digital main idea activities can make it easier - and more fun! The printable versions are included for in-person teaching.

Digital Main Idea Activities for 4th & 5th

Main idea is always a tricky concept for students to grasp! Distance learning makes it even more challenging. This set of fourth and fifth grade digital main idea activities can make it easier - and more fun! The printable versions are included for in-person teaching.

Main idea is always a challenging concept for students to grasp, but main idea of non-fiction texts is even more difficult. Check out these three different ways to teach main idea in upper elementary! Main Idea Activities, Teaching Main Idea, Good Readers, Mentor Texts, Reading Resources, Third Way, Upper Elementary, Read Aloud, Anchor Charts
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Teaching Main Idea of Non-Fiction Texts

Main idea is always a challenging concept for students to grasp, but main idea of non-fiction texts is even more difficult. Check out these three different ways to teach main idea in upper elementary!

Like the idea of using your school! Main idea and details anchor chart {from Prepping for the Primary Gridiron} Anchor Charts First Grade, Ela Anchor Charts, Reading Anchor Charts, Guided Reading, Teaching Reading, Reading Art, Learning, Teaching Grammar, Teaching Main Idea
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Main Idea and Details

This is a culmination of my own anchor charts, plus the best anchor charts that I could find online. This is a great place to find effective charts that get to the heart of what you are teaching in workshop. If you have a favorite chart that you'd like to add, please contact me! Also, if I have not properly given credit for an anchor chart, let me know so that I can fix it.

FREE reading activities for and grade! Need reading resources to supplement your reading instruction? Click through to get several FREE and grade reading activities and centers. Cloze Reading, Reading Homework, Reading Comprehension Skills, 5th Grade Reading, Reading Centers, Student Reading, Reading Skills, Reading Workshop, Literacy Strategies

Free 4th and 5th Grade Reading Activities - Teaching with Jennifer Findley

Need reading resources to supplement your reading instruction? Click through to get several FREE 4th and 5th grade reading activities and centers.