Teaching Key Details and Main Idea

I remember them moment I had the idea for this resource.  It was over a year ago and I was working with some intermediate students who were really struggling to identify key details and main idea on an activity.  They were in an intervention group I was working with, doing a very basic comprehension activity.  When they were required to recall details from the story they were completely lost.  The answers were right there in front of them, yet they still struggled with the very basic question: what is a key detail?  How could they answer these seemingly basic questions without even knowing what to look for in the first place?
It’s very challenging to help students who have gone much of their elementary career without knowing basic foundational skills.  Not impossible, but definitely challenging.  With this particular group of students, a mini-lesson was in order to go back and reteach this skill.
But, what could be done – at a much earlier age – to help solidify these skills before reaching late elementary school?
And, then I thought of my own son.  A first grader now.  What would make these skills more concrete for him?  What would give him the strongest base for learning and maintaining these skills as he progresses?  Equally as important – how would I want to teach these skills so that I was engaged as a teacher, too?  {Not selfish, just honest!}
In addition to detailed lesson plans and included activity sheets, definition posters, and exit slips, I added a Teacher Cheat Sheet for each activity.  It’s a little snapshot of what you’ll need for the lesson and includes pictures and suggestions for teaching.
I will start working on this skill with my little firstie after Thanksgiving, and I’m actually really excited about it!  Here’s a preview of the entire resource, and you can check it out >>> HERE <<< too.
Aaaaaand, there are some big(ish) changes coming to The Inspired Apple this week, and I’m really excited {and a wee bit nervous} to share them with you!
Happy Monday!

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Abby is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher who channels her passion for education into creating engaging activities and resources for the kindergarten and first grade classroom. When not dreaming up or working on her next project, you’ll find her enjoying her family – most likely in her minivan on the way to a soccer field.


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