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Interactive Practices

Main Idea

The main idea expresses the central point or the most important idea and gives the paragraph focus, purpose, and direction.

  • Study Sheet provides instructions, examples, and practices on how to find the main idea in a paragraph.
  • Practice 1: In this practice, students choose the sentence that expresses the topic sentence in each of the selections.

Supporting Details

Supporting details are reasons, examples, facts, steps, or other kind of evidence that back up and explain a main idea.

  • Study Sheet explains what supporting details are and how to use it.
  • Practice 1 helps students identify supporting details in a paragraph.
  • Practice 2 helps students identify major supporting details.

Patterns of Organization

Effective communication begins with a clearly organized set of ideas following a logical, consistent pattern.

  • Study Sheet provides instructions, examples, and practices on using supporting details in paragraphs.
  • Practice 2: In this practice, students choose the correct pattern of organization in each sentence.

Facts and Opinions

Facts are statements that can be verified or proven true or false; whereas, opinions cannot be verified. 

  • Practice 1 and Practice 2 provide statements that need to be identified as either facts, opinions, or both.

Inferences

Inferences are ideas that are not stated directly, but are implied by the content of the material.

  • Study Sheet provides instructions, examples, and practices on how to identify and make accurate inferences. 

Vocabulary in Context

Paying attention to words and phrases within a sentence can help students to figure out the meaning of unfamiliar words.

  • Study Sheet provides instructions, examples, and practices on using clues to figure out the meaning of unknown.
  • Practice 1 and Practice 2: For these practices, students use context clues to find the best meaning for each word.

Technology

 

Helpful Links and Websites

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Computer Programming

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Fluency and General Reading

Online Encyclopedias

  • DKfindout!: The visual encyclopedia by the publisher Dorling Kindersley (DK)
  • Q-files: Use this great illustrious encyclopedia for your homework and projects.

Visual Dictionaries

Word Maps

Good visual dictionaries to see various synonyms and in some cases antonyms:

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English Skills

Grammar and Mechanics

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