Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Teaching Main Idea and Supporting Details

I love using both nonfiction and fiction texts to teach identifying main idea and supporting details to my students!

For this particular lesson, I chose the topic of Christmas Trees/evergreens since we are heading into the Holiday Season.

First, I explained to my students that the main idea is what the text is mostly about and the supporting details are helpful information to help the reader learn more about the main idea.  Next, I created this simple Christmas Tree anchor chart with my students.  

I used the book Oh, Christmas Tree! from Reading A-Z which was perfect for the lesson, and we read the first chapter on evergreens aloud.  After reading, I used sticky notes to record the students' responses on what they thought the main idea was and three supporting details.

The next day, we read The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever by Steven Kroll and then identified the main idea and three supporting details as a class.  Since fictional texts are more challenging for little learners to identify the main idea, I asked my students to close their eyes and think deeply about what the entire story was all about.  After recording their response, they shared three supporting details aloud and wrote them on their copy of the graphic organizer.

To transform the activity into a craftivity, I printed the graphic organizer onto Astrobright Green Paper, folded the sections of the tree, hole punched in the middle of the tree, and taught my students to loop their colorful straws through the tree.  The students then shared their writing and then I hung their evergreen trees onto our display wall.

Click on the image below to download your free copy of the graphic organizer!  Happy Teaching!!!

For more Reading Comprehension printables, check out this resource below!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

15 Gingerbread Activities for Kids

The Holiday Season is finally upon us again, and I can't wait to share with you 15 fun Gingerbread Activities that my friends and I have rounded up for you! Click on the links below to grab them all!

Happy Holidays!!!

Gingerbread Write the Room // The Kindergarten Connection
Editable Gingerbread Board Game // Fun Learning for Kids
Gingerbread Playdough Mats // The STEM Laboratory
Retelling the Gingerbread Man // Sara J. Creations
Gumdrop Patterns // Playdough to Plato
Gingerbread Problem Solving // Recipe for Teaching
Gingerbread Number Puzzles Freebie // A Dab of Glue Will Do
How to Bake Gingerbread Cookies Cut and Paste // Happy Days in First Grade
Gingerbread CVC Mats // Fairy Poppins
Holiday Gingerbread Syllable Sort // Mrs. Jones Creation Station
Gingerbread House I Spy // Teach Me Mommy
Gingerbread Sight Word Game // The Letters of Literacy

Monday, November 12, 2018

How to Bake Gingerbread Cookies Cut & Paste FREEBIE

'Tis the season again for all things Christmas and Gingerbread!!!  While I love all the sights of Christmas lights and decor, nothing feels like the holidays to me than the smell of gingerbread cookies!

Therefore, I am sharing with you my newest How to Bake Gingerbread Cookies Cut and Paste FREEBIE!

If your little ones are learning how to read and follow procedural texts, this is an easy and simple whole-group or small-group activity.  Complete it and then why not enjoy some gingerbread cookies afterwards?!

Click to the image below to download the FREEBIE!

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