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Identifying the Main Idea
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Find the Main Idea: Elephant
Find the Main Idea: Elephant
Worksheet
Find the Main Idea: Elephant
Kids put their reading comprehension skills to work as they write out the main idea and come up with their own concluding sentence for this paragraph.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Connecting the Coasts: Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad
Connecting the Coasts: Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad
Lesson Plan
Connecting the Coasts: Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad
Look at history! In this lesson, guide students through an exploration of the context, causes, and effects of the Transcontinental Railroad, and help them practice identifying the main idea and supporting details in a nonfiction text.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Information from Multiple Sources
Information from Multiple Sources
Lesson Plan
Information from Multiple Sources
Use this lesson to help your ELs quickly find information on a specific topic by looking for a noun and its pronouns in a nonfiction text. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Ecosystems Explained.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Five Senses: Can You Taste With Your Eye?
Five Senses: Can You Taste With Your Eye?
Lesson Plan
Five Senses: Can You Taste With Your Eye?
Our senses help us explore the world around us! In this lesson, students tackle silly questions like "Can you taste with your eye?" and "Can you smell with your ear?" to expand their knowledge of the five senses.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Main Idea or Topic? You Decide!
Main Idea or Topic? You Decide!
Lesson Plan
Main Idea or Topic? You Decide!
Provide students with an opportunity to closely examine the difference between a topic and main idea in a nonfiction text. Use as a stand-alone activity or a support for the Finding the Main Idea and Details in a Nonfiction Text lesson.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense
Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense
Lesson Plan
Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense
Improve your students' comprehension of non-fictional reading through this lesson that teaches them about text features. Students will find their own text features and explain why they aid in the reading process.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Light and Color
Light and Color
Workbook
Light and Color
Did you know that light can bend? Help your curious kids learn the important physical properties of light and explore how light adds colors to our world, with this beautiful series on light and color.
3rd grade
Science
Workbook
It's Elemental
It's Elemental
Workbook
It's Elemental
Kids can practice reading informational texts and explore the periodic table with this introduction to science topics that will extend to high school chemistry and beyond.
5th grade
Science
Workbook
Learning About the Ocean
Learning About the Ocean
Worksheet
Learning About the Ocean
This interesting and informative text about the ocean can be used to help students learn how to find the main idea and key details in a nonfiction text!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Why is the Sky Blue?
Why is the Sky Blue?
Workbook
Why is the Sky Blue?
Why does the earth spin? How is a rainbow formed? Feed the flame of curiosity in your child, and find out the answers to some of those age-old questions about how the world works.
3rd grade
Science
Workbook
Sorting & Describing Books
Sorting & Describing Books
Lesson Plan
Sorting & Describing Books
In this lesson, students will look at picture clues to determine the topic of texts. ELs will build vocabulary and language skills by working with partners to discuss and represent texts using drawings.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Terrestrial Biomes
Terrestrial Biomes
Workbook
Terrestrial Biomes
A biome is a community of plants and animals that occupies a distinct region. In this great introductory overview, we explore the vocabulary, flora, and fauna of the world's biomes: tundra, taiga, grasslands, deciduous forest, chaparral, desert, savanna,
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
How to Find the Main Idea
How to Find the Main Idea
Lesson Plan
How to Find the Main Idea
Get ready to develop important comprehension skills! Students will read different informational passages and learn to identify the main idea. They will then use their knowledge of main ideas to write their own informational passages.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Floods and Droughts and Water, Oh My!
Floods and Droughts and Water, Oh My!
Lesson Plan
Floods and Droughts and Water, Oh My!
Are your students ready for a challenge? In this science and language arts integrated lesson, students will not only learn about floods and droughts, but they will also brainstorm and develop solutions.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Focus on Founding Fathers
Focus on Founding Fathers
Lesson Plan
Focus on Founding Fathers
This lesson will allow students to explore the backgrounds and contributions of the Founding Fathers by completing an online scavenger hunt and writing a basic biography.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Ada Lovelace Biography
Ada Lovelace Biography
Worksheet
Ada Lovelace Biography
Children read about Ada Lovelace, whose ideas are still used in computing today, in this biography worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Main Idea & Details: Icebergs
Main Idea & Details: Icebergs
Worksheet
Main Idea & Details: Icebergs
Students will identify the main idea and supporting details in a short nonfiction text.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Immigration: Ellis Island
Immigration: Ellis Island
Lesson Plan
Immigration: Ellis Island
This is a lesson about the immigration procedures at Ellis Island. Students will learn about the process and creatively write about what it was like for immigrants to pass through Ellis Island.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
How Pumpkins Grow
How Pumpkins Grow
Lesson Plan
How Pumpkins Grow
In this lesson, students will explore the life cycle of a pumpkin plant. Then they will have the chance to grow their own!
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Determining Importance
Determining Importance
Lesson Plan
Determining Importance
Is that fact important, or is it just interesting? Use this lesson to help your students determine importance in nonfiction text.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Using Text Features for Comprehension
Using Text Features for Comprehension
Lesson Plan
Using Text Features for Comprehension
Use this lesson to help your ELs use information from text features to better understand the text. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson for the Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Describing Our Homes
Describing Our Homes
Lesson Plan
Describing Our Homes
Kindergarten ELs will love practicing their writing skills as they learn all about homes around the world in this fun hands-on lesson plan! It can be used on its own or as support for the What's in Your Community? lesson plan.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Understand African American Spirituals
Understand African American Spirituals
Lesson Plan
Understand African American Spirituals
Spirituals have a long history in the United States, and often serve to strengthen and motivate people. Students will compare three types of spirituals from different time periods and share their understanding with their peers.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Interesting Animals: Penguins
Interesting Animals: Penguins
Lesson Plan
Interesting Animals: Penguins
Penguins are such interesting animals! Help your students practice identifying the main topic and key ideas in a nonfiction text using this fun penguin-themed lesson plan.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
Lesson Plan
Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
In this lesson, Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech, students will be able to understand the allusion Martin Luther King, Jr. makes to the song "My Country 'Tis of Thee." Have students discuss allusions in this speech.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan