First Grade Main Idea Activity: Choose a Title

Increase reading abilities with an activity that build skills in understanding the main idea of a story.

This worksheet includes several FutureFit Extension Activities that highlight 21st Century skills like problem-solving and adaptability. These FutureFit Extension Activities are designed to reinforce the concepts included in the worksheet activity while integrating real-world skills. They can be used as in-class independent practice or group activities, or assigned for take-home or independent work.

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FutureFit Extension Activities


Put summaries of several books from the classroom library into different envelopes. Then have students work together in small groups to figure out which titles in the library belong to the summaries of the stories in the envelopes. This can be a “scavenger hunt” activity in which students write their guesses on a separate piece of paper. Bring the class back together at the end of the activity and have groups read from their lists.


Adapt: Have students read through different magazines and pick or cut three pictures of their choosing. Students will then create a quick “story” using the pictures they selected (tip: paste onto construction paper or tape on whiteboard/blackboard) and have partners or the class try to write a title for the “story” being told by the pictures.

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