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    By Tracy

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    I have tried a few things in my room for teaching main idea and details. Have you ever heard of "Gourmet Reading?" I got alot of ideas from there. Two of my favorites are: have the kids create hamburgers and show them that the meat is the main idea and all the toppings are the details OR have them make cookies and the chocolate chips are the details. I did the cookie one last year and let them make cookies out of manilla paper and then the choc. chips out of brown construction paper. They had to write on the pieces the main idea and all the details of a passage that we had read. Then we actually made chocolate chip cookies and they LOVED that! I just found that the kids really like these activities since they are hands on.

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