Ideas for Making Class Books
I like to make enough class books throughout the year so that at the end of the school year, each child gets one book to keep. Here are a few easy ones. For every field trip we take, we make a class book.
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Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Main Ideas about the Bullfrog
As your class reaches the end of the book Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, the seventh lesson in this literary unit helps third graders transition from reading narrative to expository writing. Scholars develop their note-taking skills as...
2nd - 4th Science CCSS: Designed
Simple Summary Concepts: summary, summarizing, main ideas,
Can your class sum up a text in a few sentences? Help them build this skill by starting out nice and slow. For this summarizing activity, the teacher marks main ideas with sticky notes. Learners read the text and then read it again, this...
3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Hatchet Book Report
Pair these activities with your study of Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Learners find vocabulary words to look up, make predictions about the story, practice with main ideas and details, draft summaries, complete journal entries, and write...
4th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Creating a Book Using Main Ideas and Details from Expository Text
Sixth graders complete a series of activities that enhances their understanding of finding the main idea by dissecting a reading selection on The Titanic. In the final activity, 6th graders create a picture book based on the main ideas...
6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
A Way to Analyze Paragraphs to Figure Out the Main Idea of a Nonfiction Text
Shrink up a section by asking pupils to write down the main idea for each of seven paragraphs. There is a space provided for each main idea. When students have completed this portion, they write down what they think to be the central...
5th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Main Ideas and Supporting Details in Writing
In several practices, individuals read paragraphs, pick out the main idea, and identify the supporting details by writing them on the lines. Learners also practice creating main idea sentences using given topic words. In the last two...
5th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Implied Main Ideas
Skilled readers can find the main idea of an informative passage without finding it directly stated. A reading video prompts elementary learners to examine supporting details in several examples, and to infer what the main idea of the...
7 mins 4th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Shakespeare & The Renaissance: Activity Ideas
Looking for ways to implement the words and works of William Shakespeare into your curriculum? This list of activity ideas is a great starting point, as it covers a wide range of grade levels and a wealth of online references to explore.
3rd - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Borrowing Narrative Skills from Mr. Fletcher
Use narrative writing techniques to understand idea development and voice. The class reads Marshfield Dreams by Ralph Fletcher, and then practices authentic writing for standardized tests by writing a personal narrative.
3rd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
A Primary Source Picture Book
Travel through Europe with ten-year-old Teddy Roosevelt in this writing activity, which uses the picture book My Tour of Europe: by Teddy Roosevelt, by Ellen Jackson. After reading the book, readers compare it to passages from The...
4th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable