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Hey, Mrs Pieretti : 

Hey, Mrs Pieretti What’s the Big Idea?

Dolphins are good learners. They learn to do tricks. Trainers have taught dolphins how to save lives. One trainer even taught his dolphins to clean out their tank. For each piece of trash they brought him, he gave them a fish. : 

Dolphins are good learners. They learn to do tricks. Trainers have taught dolphins how to save lives. One trainer even taught his dolphins to clean out their tank. For each piece of trash they brought him, he gave them a fish.

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The first U.S. zoo opened in Philadelphia in 1874. Visitors were thrilled to see animals from all over the world. The zoo had six giraffes, an elephant named Jennie, and many colorful birds. It also had some animals from Australia. People were amazed at the kangaroos, wombats, and dingoes.

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The carving shows the faces of four U.S. presidents. They are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Mount Rushmore is in South Dakota. Each year many people visit this amazing sight. What’s missing from the example shown? topic sentence

By adding a topic sentence, we have revealed the main idea. : 

By adding a topic sentence, we have revealed the main idea. Mount Rushmore is a huge carving in a stone cliff. The carving shows the faces of four U.S. presidents. They are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Mount Rushmore is in South Dakota. Each year many people visit this amazing sight.

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Crows are the robbers of the bird world. Crows especially like to steal food from other birds. Sometimes they are very bold about taking things. They might chase another bird, cackle at it, or even bump into it. At other times crows are sneaky. They get close and then snatch food away when another bird isn’t looking. What’s the main idea? Why crows like to take food The kind of food that crows eat How crows act like thieves

The year was 1850. The place was New York City. A gentleman was on his way to a wedding. He was all dressed up. However, it had just rained, and the streets were muddy. The man turned up the bottoms of his pants to keep them clean. At the wedding, he forgot to turn them down. That is how the fashion for cuffs on pants got started. : 

The year was 1850. The place was New York City. A gentleman was on his way to a wedding. He was all dressed up. However, it had just rained, and the streets were muddy. The man turned up the bottoms of his pants to keep them clean. At the wedding, he forgot to turn them down. That is how the fashion for cuffs on pants got started. What is the main idea? A. What New York was like in 1850 B. The story behind cuffs on pants C. How to keep pants clean in the mud

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Remember: Ask yourself, “What is the author trying to tell me?” Start by looking at the first or sentence of the paragraph, the main idea is often, but not always, found there.