Saturday, February 8, 2014

Reports of Problems with Downloads

I have noticed many comments regarding the ability to view and download my files.  All the files are stored in Google Drive and are listed as public. We have tested with different accounts and browsers.  With some browsers, the ability to view may not work, but the download option does work. It may be due to the browser version.  Sorry for any inconvenience, but I'm not sure what else I can do from this side since they are already public files.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Main Idea

We had lots of fun learning about main idea this week!
Here's a few activities that I used.

We used the following notes page to understand main idea and what we can do as reader's to figure out the main idea.
We played a game with these main idea bags. Each bag had three pictures that went together. I split the class into groups. Their job was to write the details (pictures) and the main idea for each bag. 

The groups recorded their answers on this sheet. As an extension, the groups wrote a story on the back that went with their main idea.
As another extension, I gave the groups a blank square to draw another picture that would go with their main idea.
This was fun!  I think the class really enjoyed this activity!
We also practiced finding the main idea and details during a read aloud.  We wrote our main idea and details on this flipbook and added it to our reader's notebooks. 

I created these main idea hamburgers to add to the listen to reading station so the kids wouldn't forget about main idea!