fascinating nonfiction books for kids, spring 2015
Editor's note: We are so inspired by third grade teacher-adviser, Beth Orticelli, from Illinois, who uses Storyworks to draw students into studying “text features” in such a creative way. Her decidedly precise approach to helping students make meaning from text, “Surgery Day,” as she calls it, has children scan nonfiction stories for text features, and they love every minute of it...
Free Text Feature Scavenger Hunts - Teaching Made Practical. Use over and over with any nonfiction text.
This is a wonderful tool that works with any type of informational or non-fiction text. This resource is Common Core aligned and was created for upper grades. Students are scaffolded through this response sheet. Students must complete a pre-read where they state what the article will be about, what they think they already know about the topic to activate their schema.
In this file, there are two Text Features Quizzes that cover 16 different text features (8 on each page).
Text Features for interactive notebook. Site linked to TPT for this activity. FREEBIE
Text Feature Scavenger Hunts - have students create an interactive anchor chart! Includes free download.
WAYSIDE SCHOOL A rap about text features
Nonfiction text features video
Text Features FREE: This text features game contains 27 game cards and a game board to help students practice finding various text features in nonfiction text. To play this game, a player will select a time card and a text feature scavenger hunt card. In order to move his/her piece forward on the game board, the player must find an example of that text feature within the amount of time shown.
Teaching nonfiction text features using a "scavenger hunt"-style game keeps it engaging and encourages students to think of how and what the text feature teaches them.
Reading in the content areas #2 I would use this game after we have read an informational text. A player would roll a die and move that many spots. They would have to say on what page they find the information on, according to the box that they landed on.
Dr. Martin Luther King Common Core Aligned - Nonfiction (Excellent Text Features Handout). Excellent to use the second week in January, leading up to MLK Day on January 19, 2014.
Non-Fiction Text Features Pre or Post-Assessment FREEBIE!
This Christmas Packet includes fun activities for your students to practice their reading comprehension, writing, and language arts skills with a fun Christmas theme! Christmas Books included in this unit are Polar Express, Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer, The Snowmen at Night, Olive the Other Reindeer, and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.:
Nonfiction Text Features! YouTube Video Definitely showing this as an intro to Non-Fiction Text Features.
Text Features Checklist in an Informational Text Graphic Organizer Pack-Common Core aligned for grades 2-4 in Reading Informational Text $
Teaching Informational Text with Magazines - Tips and strategies from Laura Candler for using magazines in the classroom
Nonfiction Text Features Booklet-FREE download
Teaching My Friends!: What To Do With Your Extra Scholastic News Magazines
Nonfiction Text Features Scavenger Hunt
Sticky Note for nonfiction
Great activity for intro to labeling text feature.
Teaching Informational Text with Magazines - Tips and strategies for using magazines in the classroom
Nonfiction Text Features Scavenger Hunt--Could use PicCollage to assemble images of text features found for digital version.