You could find an interesting expository text and have the kids fill out and then cut out a table. I found a template that asks for the main idea to be written on the table top and then the legs are all the supporting details. I printed this on card stock, which allowed the kids to have a 3d finished project. Now my kids refer back to how the main idea has to be the table top whenever we talk about main idea.
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There are so many awesome web sites where you can find Common Core aligned lessons for all students. I am sure you can find some amazing lessons on main ideas and details on one of them.
http://commoncore.americaachieves.org/ Register as a new user and you can view videos of master teachers teaching the Core, download editable lesson plans that are Common Core aligned, and view lists of reputable web sites that will help you align your practice to the Core.
http://www.sharemylesson.com/ There are close to 300,000 lessons on this site, and many are exemplar lessons for the Common Core.
http://udlexchange.cast.org/home This site has hundreds of lessons that are both Common Core aligned and designed using the principles of Universal Design for Learning, which allows all students to access rigorous curriculum.
Give them a really good book and have them figure out the problem and then the solution. Then what lead to the problem and what happend in between the problem and solution. Good luck! < : ). lol
ReadWorks.org offers research-based lessons on reading comprehension, including strategies like Main Idea. Take a look here: http://www.readworks.org/lessons/grade3/main-idea. I hope this helps!
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