It's in the DETAILS!

We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s in the details.” That’s because so often the details are overlooked. The details are what bring a story to life. Just like a detective must collect even the smallest of clues to solve a case, students need to locate the important details when they read. For students, locating the key details helps students determine a text’s main idea, the details allow students to better visualize the plot events, details make the big picture seem clearer, and the details open the door for high-level reasoning.

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To encourage my second grade students to keep up with the details of a story, we read the book, Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin. In this tale, students learn that dragons love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. Dragons also love parties, especially when tacos are served. However, as much as dragons love tacos, they hate spicy salsa even more. Spicy salsa makes dragons breathe…fire! Students not only pay attention to the story, they must look closely for the details in the illustrations.

After the read-aloud, students work in teams to correctly answer each question on the chart with an image that represents a detail from the story. My students had a great time matching the pictures to the question. I think even they were surprised at how many details they could recall.

If you are looking for an engaging lesson that addresses the following standards, then this activity may be just what you need.
Access the resources for the lesson HERE.
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