Thursday, September 26, 2013

Determine Importance

We've been working on Determining Importance this week-a tricky thing when your series doesn't tell you to tell the kids to figure out the main idea first. a little tricky for kids this early in the year.

So I started by talking about main idea and how to find it.

I figured it would be easier to explain if the information was important or interesting if they could relate it to the main idea.

We did a lot of practicing with nonfiction text! I thought it would be easier to start with nonfiction text before their literacy book goes into the 'stories'.

I deliberately chose very easy (as in, I broke into my K-3 stuff!) books to make it easier for them to figure out the main idea-and then determine the importance of random pieces of information.

We also talked about that when we use picture books that, for the most part, it because they are a little bit easier to read-so we can focus on practicing the strategy we supposed to be thinking about instead of struggling with the words.

I, of course, had to make a cute organizer to go with it!
I modeled the first one, and then we worked together on the last two (after I picked the information). We had a discussion why the information was either important or interesting-and why we thought so. There were some interesting explanations!
My kids now think that all the organizers that come with the series are 'boring' (and I agree! but we have to use them at least once so I can say that we did use them!) and have no fear telling other teachers that! :)

What are some of your strategies for determining importance?


Sweater: JCP
Cords: Kohls
Shoes: Target


Shirt: Old Navy
Vest: The Limited
Khakis: Kohls
Shoes: Burlington Coat Factory


Top/Pants: JCP
Shoes: DSW


Top: Kohls
Tank: Old Navy
Pants: LOFT Outlet
Shoes: DSW

Happy Friday!

Smiles and Sunshine,


  1. I love the g.o. And you are right, using the basal just once still means we used it! Seriously, do you pick out your outfits for the week? I love it! That is my ultimate goal!


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