This ThingLink includes resources to teach students how to use text features when reading non-fiction.
Included in this resource are:
- videos that explain and describe different text features
- worksheet activities to record the types of text features used to gain information and explain how the features helped comprehension
This can be used in a scavenger hunt activity where students read non-fiction books on a topic of their choice, and use text features to find information. This information can be used in the Read Write Think interactive activity listed below.
- a text feature rap
- a Quizlet that has vocabulary cards with definitions and examples of text features
- a link to a Read Write Think interactive activity where students can choose to create a newspaper, brochure, or ad and use text features.
- Click on the link below for the Thinglink resource on text features.
The changing seasons provide a great opportunity to teach integrated science, reading, and writing lessons.
Students can begin by taking an Observation Walk around the school and record signs of seasonal changes into their science notebook.
They can read fiction and non-fiction books about the seasons. A suggested book list is provided.
Students can use web 2 tools to research and make products concerning the seasons.
They can also use different apps to organize and present a product.
I always recommend educreations, popplet, and tools4students.
This post includes the following:
Expository Narrative Expository Narrative LP (recommended book list, objectives, procedures)
Expository writing prompt, lined paper, and rubric ( based on STAAR)
The Hundred Penny Box by Sharon Bell Mathis is an excellent book to use when teaching students about memories and special moments. Aunt Dew has a box filled with pennies that represent the special moments of her life.
Sometimes, students have difficulty taking a big topic down to a small topic. They tend to ramble about the many facets of the big topic instead of focusing on developing a narrative about one small topic.
Lesson plans are provided for writing a personal narrative about a special moment.
A Funneling Power Point, explaining how to funnel a big topic to a small topic is also provided.
I have also included a graphic organizer and an example of a personal narrative on a special moment.
A Special Moment writing prompt, rubric, and lined paper are also provided.
These activities may be updated by using technology such as:
Educreations ( Take a photo of the student’s finished narrative and a photo of their memento. Have the student record themselves reading their narrative.
QR Code Generator The student writings and photos can be posted on the bulletin board with a QR code for people to hear the students reading their own writing. Students are very proud of this interactive bulletin board.
Tools4Students (graphic organizers)
Readiness Standard 3.8 Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of fiction and provide evidence from text to support their understanding.
Supportive Standard 3.6 Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of poetry and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. Students are expected to describe the characteristics of various forms of poetry and how they create imagery (e.g., narrative poetry, lyrical poetry, humorous poetry, free verse).
The Swing This is a Power Point that includes the poem and questions based on the TEK/STAAR format.
I suggest that the poem be read aloud each day.
Students can illustrate what the poem helps them to visualize.
Students can use the Think-Pair-Share cooperative learning strategy to ask relevant questions and discuss what they think about the poem.
Students can practice fluency by reading the poem to each other.
The teacher can discuss the elements of poetry used by the poet.
Students can practice reading non-fiction articles from Time for Kids.
If you have access to Brainpop jr., you can view the video about taking care of pets. The site offers various online activities on the topic of taking care of pets.
Brainpop jr. also has a video and activities on the topic of poetry.
Students can also use World Book Online to research topics related to the book, such as dogs, pets, tigers, poetry, or the poets read about in the book.
Read Write Think offers activities for writing online acrostic poems and online shape poems.
Tools 4 Students is an app that offers organizer templates.
Events Organizer Chapter What I Learned Today (research organizer)
Problem Solution Organizer Character, Setting, Plot