Lessons & Units :: Main Idea 3rd Grade Unit

Lesson 1: First and Last Sentences (Individual Paragraph)

Lesson Plan

Learning Goal
Identify the main idea of a paragraph using the first or last sentence.
Duration
Approximately 50 minutes.
Necessary Materials
Provided: Main Idea Paragraphs for Direct Teaching and Guided Practice, Independent Practice Worksheet
Not Provided: N/A
  • Teacher Modeling

    will explain that sometimes the first or last sentence of a paragraph will tell you what the paragraph is mostly about, or its main idea. I will model the strategy of using the first or last sentences of a paragraph to help identify the main idea. I will use the first two paragraphs on the Main Idea Paragraphs page. (See Direct Teaching and Guided Practice Example Worksheet, provided below in Teacher and Student Materials.) I will discuss how I determined the main idea of each paragraph and underline the sentence that helped me do so. Note: Teachers may choose to make copies or chart these paragraphs.

    TIP: Explain to students that the main idea is often found in the first and last sentences of a paragraph, but this is not always the case.

  • Think Check

    Ask: How did I identify the main idea of the text? Students should respond that you read the paragraph, paying close attention to the first and last sentences in the paragraph. You then chose which sentence best represents what the paragraph is mostly about.

  • Guided Practice

    will continue to use the strategy of using the first or last sentence of a paragraph to identify the main idea. We will use the last two paragraphs on the Main Idea Paragraphs page. (Paragraphs are provided; see Direct Teaching and Guided Practice Example Chart below.) We will discuss how we identified the main idea of each paragraph and underline the sentence that helped us.

  • Independent Practice

    will use the strategy of using the first or last sentence to identify the main idea of each paragraph. (Student Independent Practice is provided below.) You will underline which sentence helped you identify the main idea of each paragraph.

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