Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Falling for Main Idea


Main idea is such a tough skill for second graders. It seems like I can never teach it enough for my students to understand it. I've been trying to hit main idea in as many ways as I can and throw in a bit of science or social studies too. Science and social studies have been removed from our daily schedule so I am doing my best to integrate in my lessons.

I've been inspired by the changing leaves this weekend and those that have survived all the massive rain that we've had this past week. I have this great book called, "Why Do Leaves Change Color?" by
Betsy Maestro. This book is full of facts about leaves and fall. 




I decided to use this book to teach a main idea lesson. I made a pack for my mini lesson that you can view on TPT. I've included a detailed 3 page lesson plan, main idea and details posters, an anchor chart header, main idea response pages, and a main idea match. Check it out by clicking on the image below.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Main-Idea-mini-lesson-with-Why-Do-Leaves-Change-Color-1498651


Leave me a comment with your email and I'll choose one person to win this pack tonight.

GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

Congrats to Clair, Suzy Q, and Bridget! Thanks to everyone for your sweet comments!


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28 comments:

  1. Would love a chance to win, naturally...second graders have such a hard time with this...mostly because of the way they think! (Like when I ask who has a question and they start off, "Once, my dog..."

    My mouth dropped open when you said SS and Science have been removed from your schedule...what???

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  2. I would love a copy! We are working on "may n idea" right now! Well done on your hard work!

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    1. Main!! Lol! Silly predictive auto correct text!

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  3. Oh dear... I am not having the best moment in commenting, am I? My email is
    Squintyseam @gmail.com
    Apologies again! *blush*

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  4. This is awesome! We are going into main idea this week!
    Courtney
    cmizufuka@gmail.com

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  5. I think teaching main idea is very difficult too! My students always seem to struggle with the concept....mostly because it is often an abstract idea. Your pack looks like an engaging way to teach this skill!

    Karyn
    Kideducator@comcast.net

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  6. Main idea is difficult for my 2nd grader so I hope to win this pack!

    cheriemae@gmail.com

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  7. I am working on main idea with my 2nd graders as well and I love that book! marycarlson1@verizon.net

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  8. Main idea is tough for my grade 3'ers too! I love how you've related it to our season.
    Kcooper@sd83.bc.ca

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  9. Identifying main idea and details is a challenging skill to teach second graders. I would love to have this set of activities!
    mwagonfield@hcsdoh.org

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  10. We are currently working on main idea for our PLC goal! Would love to win!
    amy.campbell1@knoxschools.org

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  11. My students always need help with main idea! I would love to win! alewis725@msn.com

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  12. I would LOVE this fantastic product!!! My kids need A LOT more help with main idea. The details are hard for them to explain. Thank you for the opportunity!!! hsease99@hotmail.com

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  13. Second graders can never have enough practice with main idea & details. It's amazing to see just how many things are constantly taken away from kids (ie Science & Social Studies). I may have missed a post about why that's happened to you, but I'd love to know why.
    Storie (atozscrapbook@gmail.com)

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  14. My students have been STRUGGLING with main idea! This would be a great way to cover it again without the boring them! katdizale@gmail.com

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  15. I would love to win this for my students! My students could always use extra practice with this concept. Thank you for the chance to win! laruebm191@gmail.com

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  16. How fun!! murphyjennifer3@gmail.com

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  17. This looks great! I'm teaching main idea now :) Would love to win! Sparklinginsecondgrade@gmail.com

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  18. Would love this!!!' Looks fabulous!!! Reep94@gmail.com

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  19. I've been working on main idea and details last week and this week and this would be cute to use. Thanks, jsduh@sbcglobal.net

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  20. We have been working on this for the past few weeks. Would love to win it! mamabubblering@gmail.com

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  21. We are currently working on main idea and our unit will last several more weeks... I will def. purchase this from you! auntiff@hotmail.com

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  22. This is exactly what we are working on right now! I would love to win this!

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  23. This is a great resource! I have been on Fall break yesterday and today and was planning on beginning Main Idea this week.I check your blog daily for new ideas and this is just another example of something I can use!! I am from a small town right outside of Cleveland (south of Knoxville) and I am over all this rain too!!

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  24. Yes! I'm new to 2nd grade and see the difficulty of this concept.
    Akcollier@yahoo.com

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  25. I just read this book to my class so it would be great to win this pack! Thanks!

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  26. Thank you so much! I am excited to try it out in class. Very kind of you! :-)

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