Lessons & Units

Main Idea 1st Grade Unit

Lessons

Lesson 1 The Best Main Idea Choose the best main idea.
Lesson 2 Using a Title to Determine the Main Idea (Nonfiction) Identify and describe the main idea of a nonfiction book using the title.Identify and describe the main idea of a nonfiction book using textual details.
Lesson 3 Using a Title to Determine the Main Idea (Fiction) Identify and describe the main idea of a fiction book using the title.Identify and describe the main idea of a fiction book using textual details.

Unit Extension Ideas

  • Copy pictures from books read aloud in class. Have students identify the main idea with textual details and create a title.
  • Have students review a book aloud or in writing and describe the main idea of that book.
  • Have students retell the main idea of books during read aloud sessions, guided reading, and independent reading.
  • Tell students a story and have students determine the main idea and a title for the story.
  • Have students use the title of a poem to identify its main idea.
  • As you read a book aloud, work with students to complete a graphic organizer, charting facts from a book. Use these facts to determine the main idea. (See Additional Activity A in Teacher and Student Materials below.)
  • Have students create titles for their stories that reflect the main idea of the story.
  • In Shared Writing, provide students with the main idea and have the students create a story and title based on the main idea.
  • Make a class Main Idea Big Book. Students may illustrate and describe the main ideas of their favorite books from guided reading or read aloud sessions.
  • Pair students with a partner. Have each partner share a story or a piece of their writing and use the title to determine the main idea.

More Books for Teaching Main Idea

Animal Touch
Animal Smell
Apple Cider-Making Days
Scholastic First Discoveries: Ladybugs and Other Insects
Henry and Mudge and the Happy Cat
Frog and Toad are Friends
Have You Seen My Cat?
Chrysanthemum
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf