HELP! Main idea/details

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  1. jeljohns

    jeljohns Rookie

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    I'm trying to teach my second grade ELL students main idea/details. They have to take a state standards test on it. I made a poster with a very simple story about my dog using pictures. We went through their guided reading book at their level (reading at a level D/E). I felt like I was drowning the whole lesson. Blank stares...confusion. They just did not get it, and I'm not sure how to better explain it.

    Any suggestions?
     
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  3. Ambrosegirl84

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    I know nothing about ELL, but maybe you could use some sort of a web or graphic organizer, i.e., with "dog" in the middle and then characteristics/details about the dog around the outside.

    I have also seen a "table" model, with the main idea being the table top and the details being the legs.
     
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    Smart Board?

    Do you have a smart board? I know that there are several activities on smart exchange that are divided into grade levels. I remember using some with my third graders that start with using pictures and then build up to passages.
     
  5. sewlo

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    I don't know if your school has a subscription to BrainPOP Jr., but it is a great resource. I believe you can get a free trial to check things out. They have a great video on main idea/supporting details that they might enjoy. http://www.brainpopjr.com/readingandwriting/comprehension/mainidea/

    Then I would suggest doing a simple graphic organizer as a class. With dog in the middle (even with a picture) and a few details branching off it. You could start off with a picture of a dog and branch off with color, size, etc. Then try a short paragraph or easy book.

    Hope this helps!
     

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