Lesson Plan

Main Idea - Informational Text (Reading & Writing)

TimeforKids.com/Scholastic News: Reading, Comprehension & Application
Trevor T.
Technology coordinator
Wildwood Elementary School
Amherst, United States
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to:
- read informational text
- comprehend informational text
- state the main idea
- add supporting details of the main idea
- explain their choice for their main idea
- share and collaborate with the class (main idea and supporting details)

Sample Standards:
- RI Key Ideas and Details
- W Text Types and Purposes
- SL Comprehension and Collaboration

English Language Arts
Grades 3 – 6
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

(edit: Scholastic News e-Magazine)
Register with Scholastic News for free!
http://sni.scholastic.com/SNx (where x = your grade #)
*Can also use TimeforKids.com, but you'll have to find a different hook*

Pick a Scholastic News e-magazine issue. Click on "Featured Video" and show it to your class.

Videos are wonderful ways to introduce a topic. It instantly hooks EVERY student. They can relate any visual images with their prior knowledge and it leads in to the main article of the magazine.


2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Presenting

The teacher will discuss the topic "main idea" and "supporting details," noting that an outside source would not even need to read an article if they were just given the main idea and supporting details. Main idea and supporting details can also be described as the most important information in the article and the most important part when you summarize information.

The teacher can also use presenting software like Google Presentations, Office Powerpoint, or any other tools to present about the main idea.

3 Guided Practice

Time for Kids
Free, Paid

Use Timeforkids.com OR, Scholastic Newshttp://sni.scholastic.com/SNx (where x = your grade #)
It can be displayed on each computer or device with Internet, or shown via a TV or projector connected to a computer.

Have students popcorn read (switch after every paragraph) the main article. The teacher stops after each section and discuss what they learned (key points and details)
The teacher can scaffold the main article by reading the title, sub-title, captions, and vocabulary.

4 Independent Practice

Students (individually or in pairs) will use iPads and the Educreations app to find the main idea and supporting details of the main Scholastic News article. Students will write the Title, Main Idea, Supporting details, and add a photo (from the web tool). With Educreations and its voice recording, students then have to state their main idea and why they think that was the main point of the article.

This fits the flow, because students have to comprehend what they just read in the main article and figure out the main idea and facts that support that main idea. It really shows when students have to work alone with Educreations (or in pairs) and explain (verbally) their reasoning.

Alternate options if you don't have iPads or the Educreations app:

Or other Mind map websites or apps.

5 Wrap-Up

Free, Free to try, Paid

Students will use Padlet, an online bulletin board (like Corkboard), to post their information. Students will be instructed to post their independent practice work on Padlet. Individuals and groups will learn from others and compare their results. Students can then add to their own work.

If students have extra time or need homework, they can also read the other articles in Scholastic News. There are four more pages of magazine articles.