Sometimes, when one is teaching, all of the stars align and everything just seems to mesh really well. All of the topics connect, the kids see the connection, and the day wraps up into a nice little package.
Today, was one of those times. (THANK GOODNESS!)
After our lesson this morning about finding the main idea and all of the supporting details in a paragraph (we used our basal for the reading passage), I followed with a lesson on topic sentences in paragraphs. We discussed over and over again how the topic sentence must tell the reader what the entire paragraph is about. It must basically be the main idea of the paragraph. After several samples, and trials on their own part, the students seemed to get it.
As for the closure on this lesson, tomorrow I am going to pull out some of the better examples and we will discuss why they are true topic sentences. We then may even write some paragraphs with them.
All in all, I think the idea of this went over well. The kids had fun, they were discussing the reading, using academic vocabulary, and generally learning without really knowing it ;) A pretty successful day if I do say so myself.
What is something you do to teach main idea, topic sentences, supporting details, and the like?