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MAIN IDEA. BY TRACI STUART. Main Idea. What is it? How do we find it? How do we remember it? Let’s try it. What is main idea?. Main idea tells what a story is mostly about. When looking for main idea we must think of what FINALLY happened in the story.

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main idea

MAIN IDEA

BY

TRACI STUART

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Main Idea
  • What is it?
  • How do we find it?
  • How do we remember it?
  • Let’s try it.
what is main idea
What is main idea?
  • Main idea tells what a story is mostly about.
  • When looking for main idea we must think of what FINALLY happened in the story.
how do we find the main idea
How do we find the main idea?
  • Let’s use our hands!
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How do we find the main idea?
  • The thumb stands for who.
  • The who of a story is very important, without knowing who the story is about we can’t find the main idea.
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How do we find the main idea?
  • The pointer finger stands for did what.
  • What did the main character finally do?
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How do we find the main idea?
  • The middle finger stands for where.
  • Where did the main character do it?
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How do we find the main idea?
  • The ring finger stands for when.
  • When did the main character do it?
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How do we find the main idea?
  • The pinky stands for why.
  • Why did the main character do it?
how do we remember main idea
How do we remember main idea?
  • Remembering is easy!!!
  • Just look at your fingers.
  • Thumb - Who?
  • Pointer - Did what?
  • Middle finger - Where?
  • Ring finger - When?
  • Pinky - Why?
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Let’s try it!!
  • Using the book Too Many Tamales and our five fingers let’s find the main idea.
  • Remember to think about the word FINALLY.
  • What finally happened in the story?
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Who?

Maria and her cousins.

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Did what?

Ate all the tamales.

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Where?

In the kitchen.

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When?

On Christmas day.

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Why?

To try to find Maria’s mother’s ring.

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  • Using all the information, write one sentence that tells the main idea of the story.
  • Maria and her cousins ate all the tamales on Christmas, in the kitchen, because she was trying to find her mother’s ring that she had lost.
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