We recently finished lessons on finding the main idea and writing a paragraph explaining the main idea. We used lot of different books and articles as we talked about an main idea. The final project that 4th grade completed was from the book Our Tree Steve by Alan Zweibel. The students loved the book.
*Warning: if you have never read this book before be prepared. It is sad and every time I have read it have I fought back tears.
I found this project on the blog Step into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons. After reading the book Our Tree Steve, students wrote the main idea on the trunk and five supporting details on the leaves. The students thenwrote the main idea and supporting details in a paragraph. I love how this turned out.