Wonderopolis has some great holiday seasonal Wonders to read and share with students and families. One of those Wonders I shared this week with my students was #82 Do Reindeer Live Outside the North Pole?. We used the Wonder to practice determining the main idea and supporting details of nonfiction/informational text. Main idea is included in the K-5 band of Informational Text in the Common Core State Standards. Wonderopolis is a great way to teach, model and practice using the main idea standard.
After reading the Wonder, we decided as a class what the main idea of the Wonder was. Each student then got a blank piece of white paper and created their own “main idea” map. As a class we reread through the Wonder and underlined supporting details and added those to the map. Using the Wonder was a great way to review and practice main idea and supporting details when reading an informational text.
Below are some additional Wonders you may want to use when working with main idea and supporting details in your classroom or at home:
- #788 Why Do We Need Eyelashes?
- #739 What Is a Nomad?
- #719 Why Do Your Feet Stink?
- #707 What Is a Parasite?
- #667 Why Are Rainforests Important?
- #625 Do Any Mammals Lay Eggs?
- #530 What Is a Dromedary?
- #515 Why Do Giraffes Have Long Necks?
- #378 Do Bats Need Maps?
- #342 Do Animals Play Hide and Seek?
- #144 Do All Birds Fly South In the Winter?