This is the first time I have taught many lessons using the word MAIN IDEA. I do think that no matter how many different mini-lessons you do, a lot of students struggle to keep the main idea. They will be writing a book about a birthday and in the middle of the story, you come to a page that says, "I love my cat."
My class LOVED the lesson below.
I told the class I would show them pictures, and we would put the pictures connected to the main idea of recess on the left and pictures not related to the central idea of recess on the right. You can see the x means not recess.
Same lesson different day, but changed the main idea for birthdays. This lesson is also planting the seed of writing topics.
You can see I made a stick person on the left and told them that being in kindergarten you need to have the 3. Your picture should be big, bold and bright.
We talked about how silly I would look like as a purple stick person.
Guess the Main Idea by KC
I gave students the topics