Saddle up

Watch: Anna - episode 8: My Ride and Jack - episode 6: Mr. Roper

Watch these two episodes with Anna and Jack. As you’re watching, try to notice what the big – most important – idea is in each video. Are these ideas very different from each other? Or are they similar?

Barn talk

What are the big ideas in each of these videos? [Anna learned about riding a horse and had her first ride. Jack loves to do roping, but he’d better pay attention to his list.]

Take a ride

Stories – like the ones in the TMR videos – have big ideas and then smaller details that support the big idea. The small details help you understand the big idea.

You’ll need

  1. A way to replay the videos.
  2. Paper, pencil or an audio recorder to collect the children’s ideas.


  1. Gather the children to rewatch these two episodes.
  2. Break the children into two teams.
  3. Tell them that now that everyone’s agreed on the big ideas in these videos, their job is to find the details that help us understand those big ideas.
  4. Each team is assigned to one of the videos. While the teams re-watch all of the videos, each team is only looking for the supporting details in the video they’ve been assigned. (“Team Anna, how do we see that Anna has learned how to ride a horse?”).
  5. Teams can either write down the details they find or record them with audio recorders.
  6. Have the teams share what they’ve found. If a story is like a wall, it sure takes a lot of individual bricks (the details) to build it!

Ride some more

Extend learning with Saddle Stories, a game that allows players to build creative stories about horses.

Horses and standards

Common Core Standards for ELA – Speaking and Listening Standards K-5. Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

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