A paragraph is a group of sentences that describe the

This preview shows page 28 - 30 out of 48 pages.

A paragraph is a group of sentences that describe the same idea. A good paragraph has several key elements: Writing Skills Made Fun: Sentences & Paragraphs © Karen Kellaher, Published by Scholastic Teaching Resources
What’s the Big Idea? (Use with Kids’ Pages 32 and 33.) Paragraph Activities Paragraph Activities Paragraphs Name ______________________________________ Date ________________________________________ What’s the main idea of each paragraph? In the box next to each paragraph, write the number of the sentence that gives the main idea.
Explain to students that they will become detectives in search of the main idea of each paragraph. The main idea is usually found toward the top of a paragraph, although it can also be found at the end. Very rarely is a main idea found in the middle of a paragraph. To find the main idea, students should ask themselves the following questions: * What is the paragraph mostly about? Which sentence says it best? * If I were going to write a title for this paragraph, what would it be? * If the writer had room for only one sentence, which sentence would he or she pick from this paragraph? Although in practice a main idea can consist of two or more sentences, the main ideas in this exercise are all single sentences. Distribute the reproducibles. Have students write the number of the main-idea sentence in the box to the right of each paragraph. Then demonstrate how to use the code at the bottom of the page to solve the riddle. If a student does not get the correct answer, “BOO-berries,” he or she may have incorrectly identified one of the main ideas, or may simply have had trouble using the code. Check student work to see which is the case. Afterward, invite students to explain how they were able to locate each main idea. 29 33 Writing Skills Made Fun: Sentences & Paragraphs Scholastic Professional Books C What’s the Big Idea? N ow crack the code! Look at the numbers you wrote in the boxes. Use the Key at right to find the letter that goes with each number. This will help you find the answer to this riddle: (continued) What’s a ghost’s favorite fruit? ___ ___ ___ berries! 1. The time of the dinosaurs is divided into three periods. 2. The Triassic Period was from 225 to 195 million years ago. 3. Many small dinosaurs lived then. 4. The Jurassic Period lasted from 195 to 136 million years ago. 5. Giant dinos such as the Tyrannosaurus and Megalosaurus roamed the earth. 6. The last period, the Cretaceous Period, was from 136 to 65 million years ago. 7. By the end of that period, the dinosaurs had died out. 1 = O 2 = A 3 = K 4 = B 5 = S Key 32 Writing Skills Made Fun: Sentences & Paragraphs Scholastic Professional Books

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture