Hey! What's the Big Idea?
Young scholars examine the concept of the theme (the big idea) in a poem. They brainstorm thoughts and feelings about themes, e.g. war, pollution, music, etc., and create and idea web about a theme of their own choice.
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What's the Big Idea? Current Events
Provide the class with a helpful way to analyze print media describing current events. They read an article from a reliable news or media source and then use the attached worksheet to capture vital information. A great resource that is...
6th - 8th English Language Arts
Main Idea and Supporting Details
Check out this interactive presentation to give your main idea and supporting details instruction a boost. Included in the presentation are a detailed definition of both terms, tips on how to find them, multiple examples to be read and...
3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Common Core Constructed Response Organizer
Get your writers ready to compose a constructed response essay in response to either an informational or fictional text. Pupils note down the big idea they wish to address as well as up to nine examples from the text that they wish to...
6th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Understanding Themes in Esperanza Rising
Determining a theme or central idea is greatly emphasized in the Common Core standards. Target that skill though big metaphors and central symbols in Pam Muñoz Ryan's Esperanza Rising. Help your class reach the standard through...
5th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Answer the BIG Question with Cited Examples and Evidence
Close up your unit of study with an examination of one of the guiding or essential questions as it relates to what your class has studied and other research. Class members first write down the question. Then they note down information...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
What's the Big Idea: Exercise 4
In this main idea instructional activity, students write the common subject heading for 12 groups of words. Students read the three words in each group and write a title or main idea heading. Students add another example that could be...
5th - 6th English Language Arts
What's Wrong with Our Food System
In this engaging video, 11-year-old Birke Baehr describes what he calls "the dark side of the industrialized food system". Explaining everything from genetically engineered seeds and organisms to Confined Animal Feeding Operations...
5 mins 6th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable