Getting students to grasp the concept of main idea and details can be difficult!
The idea behind this activity is for students to understand what it means for details to support a main idea. When they are given the sentences to the paragraph all mixed up and out of order, it requires them to think about which of the details supports another.
- Are all of the other sentences about this one?
- Are these sentences related?
- What is the main idea the author is trying to tell me in this paragraph?
This activity engages them in a higher-order thinking task and requires them to use reasoning skills.
The mat allows students to visually organize the sentences.
You can do this activity with any paragraph of sentences by simply typing them up and giving them to students out of order. You could even write the sentences to the paragraph randomly on the board and have students recopy them as a paragraph that begins with the main idea.
Teachers love the included response sheet so students can write and explain why one sentence is the main idea.
The file also includes writing extension ideas for older students!
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