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reading comprehension, fiction story elements

main idea bags - students look at items in bag, determine what they have in common, and write the main idea and supporting details of the bag!

The ESOL Odyssey: More Main Idea- and some foldables!


Primary Graffiti: Owls, Drug Free, Writing, OH MY!

Eclectic Educating: Story Elements

Eclectic Educating: Story Elements

This is a great sample character map: the blue stickies describe her and the pink stickies give examples from the text, or evidence.

The Good Life: First Grade

FREE Sample Lesson: This "Point of View" freebie is a lesson from Folktales, Fairytales, and Fables, Oh My that provides your students with practice as they master the concept of reading with an eye towards perspective. It targets Common Core RL 2.6.

Great ideas for your reader's notebooks!

Following My Heart to First Grade: Our Reader's Notebooks

How to Teach Author's Purpose - great list of books to use!

This Little Teacher: Author's Purpose PIE Poster - Free Download


Working 4 the Classroom: Classroom Anchor Charts and Posters

Noting Details anchor chart. Each student got to be a reporter and look for details in the story that they could write on their own "reporter's notebook" paper.

Have children create a bracelet using a green bead for the beginning, a red bead for the ending and 3 or more other beads for the middle. As children retell a story have them slide a bead from left to right for the beginning and then another bead for each story component. With younger children I would use three detail (middle beads) however, you may wish to increase the number with older students.

How does Stellaluna change? Use to record how Stellaluna changes at the beginning, middle, and end of the story.

Around the Kampfire: Stellaluna, Some Sugar, & A Freebie!

cause and effect flaps

Parts of a Story Anchor Chart

Classroom Freebies: Parts of a Story Anchor Chart