Lesson Plan : Main Idea & Supporting Details

Teacher Name:
 Rhonda Vitolo
 Grade 2
 Language Arts

 Main Idea and Supporting Details
 Key vocabulary: Main Idea, Supporting details Subject matter: language arts, reading comprehension, main idea, supporting details
 Students will read and comprehend a text and be able to identify the main idea as well as the supporting details.
 The students will identify main idea The students will identify supporting details The students will categorize and classify main ideas and details
 -Book: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day -Sentence strip
 Read the book: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
 Begin by recalling, summarizing, and discussing the book: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Ensure that students comprehend the story and recognize that the main idea is that Alexander is having a bad day. Teacher gives vocab(main idea and supp details), introduces main idea as the "big idea," and introduces supporting details as sentences that tell about or support the big idea. Have students give sentences from the book that prove Alexander is having a bad day.
 Have students work in groups of 2-4 to find the main idea and three supporting details of one previously read story. Give the students 3 stories to choose from. As students are working, teacher circulates to observe and help students problem solve. Then have groups share what they found.
 Enrichment: Students create their own sets of main idea and supporting detail sentences. Extra support: Teacher gives main idea with choice of 4 S.D. sentences, student picks out the one that does not match
Checking For Understanding:
 Teacher checks understanding by observation during dependent and independent practice. Also possible to give teacher-made quiz.
 Have students come back together and recall main idea and details (give definition of vocab) and continue to i.d. them in stories read.
 Great lesson for key 2nd grade topics, can be very fast or slow paced if necessary. Keeps students moving and engaged. Easy to prepare. Students who needed extra support in the beginning can revisit this lesson many times and show learning by manipulating sentence strips and eventually creating their own sentences or paragraphs.
Teacher Reflections:
 This lesson is very effective and easily implemented. Results can be seen immediately and can be elaborated upon if needed.

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