What's the BIG idea???

Happy Friday! I am SO glad today is Friday and I can have the weekend to relax! I am especially excited that my husband has the weekend off too! Not sure what we are going to do, but it will be nice to spend the time with him! 

So, I am done with my main idea packet!

This is what you can find inside:)
10 Different main idea wheels with pictures

5 Graphic Organizers

8 statement/list matching cards

Multiple posters to help understand main idea

And last, a raindrop/cloud craft

I did not make any task cards or passages because I have found many of these items for free from my very first teacher website...ProTeacher! Unseen001 is a FANTASTIC task card QUEEN! she has pages and pages of FREE task cards. She actually has some really great main idea ones I use during this unit. 

Click HERE and HERE to get to her main idea task cards. 
You can get a list of all the task cards she created HERE.  All 23 pages of free task cards!

You can pick up my unit in either of my stores! But, I will give TWO people this main idea packet for FREE! All you have to do is leave a comment telling me how you like to teach main idea. I will use the number generator on Sunday afternoon and pick 2 winners! Good Luck!

I am off to go make this for some friends tomorrow! It looks delish!
Have a great night!!!


  1. I have the students read a very short passage and then we have a discussion of what is the story mostly about, which then leads me to further explain the main idea! Would love a copy!


  2. I use the Brainpop Main idea video when I cover this in class.
    Your unit looks wonderful.


  3. Oh I also use Brainpop's Main Idea video!


  4. I JUST taught main idea this week, and I used the "Big Idea" light bulb analogy too! Too bad I didn't have your cute stuff to go along with it! I would LOVE a copy of this and we could use it to review throughout the school year!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

  5. This looks great. Teaching main idea to my special educaiton kiddos is SOO HARD. I try to create a huge visual for them and then talk about the little things involved. I usually use a carnival and then use all the events at the carnival as the details. I would use this packet as part of a student reference kit I made. They can always refer to it when reading independently.


    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids

  6. I use three sizes of post it notes to get them to focus on the main idea. They start out large and then have to narrow down each time until they are only using a phrase to describe the main idea.

  7. I so need this...I have a huge non-native English speaking class, and you cannot believe the kind of things they will tell me as the main idea. Totally borrowing the post it idea above, too!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  8. I need this pack!! I am teaching main idea right now to my third graders using a table and legs (the table top is the main idea and legs supporting details). My students are still having a hard time pulling out the main idea of a passage and I think your pack would help them understand and have another tool (strategy) in their tool box. Plus, my school loves thinking maps so your pack would really be great!

  9. This pack looks great! We do a scavenger hunt in the text looking for the main idea. It involves finding the supporting details to hold up the idea. a bit confusing to explain, but it works...most of the time;)


  10. I just "main idea bags." I fill a brown paper bag with goodies, and pull out all sorts of things. Students have to guess the main idea of the bag! Then they create their own main idea bags in groups, and present them to the class. Students LOVE this activity!


  11. I'm a new teacher so I haven't taught it yet but I'd love your packet to get me started! I love the wheels!!

    Kristin :)

  12. What a great main idea pack! I use BrainPopJr to introduce main idea. I also use the table top analogy a lot (table top is the main idea and the legs are the supporting details).
    Colleen :-)
    Fun and Fearless in First

  13. We were just working on main idea last week. This pack looks terrific and would really help to find main idea. We do a lot of modeling main idea to learn how to do it. I would love to have a copy of this!
    Thanks, Deb

  14. Your packet looks great! I love those main idea wheels! =O)

    I teach main idea by focusing on text features to help students understand that the headings and subheadings can help them determine topic and main idea. I also use a few different graphic organizers to help and try to reinforce the concept of main idea when we write informational text.

    I'd love to have a copy of this to help. Main idea is so tough for kids to get.

  15. I love your packet! I usually have the students highlight the main idea with one color and the supporting details with another color.

  16. LOVE your unit!!!!! I usually teach main idea by yelling out(while my students are sitting) :"Hey, what's the big idea?". They usually think they are in trouble, and say "I did not do it!" (LOL) Once I have their attention(which this is definately an attention grabber) I re-direct conversation back to what we have been discussing for the week. I will focus on a book and open it on a desk. I label the desk main idea. Students put sticky notes all over the top part of the desk.(they love this). Supporting detail sticky notes go all over the underside of desk and legs. Keeping my fingers crossed to add your unit!!!! ellen.yucht@imagineschools.com

  17. I love your main idea wheels-- great idea!! Main idea is such a tricky concept for my students. This year, I am going to try the table concept (http://pinterest.com/pin/278801033151756851/). Would love to win your packet!

    EduKate and Inspire

  18. Where can I find your packet? I LOVE the main idea and details assessments!
    my email is: amanda.clinard@cmcss.net