Text Features Writing Integration

Have students use higher level thinking skills by adding appropriate text features to provided text. This requires students to read the text carefully!

When introducing text features, teachers often get stuck on helping students learn to identify the different types of nonfiction text features and finding those text features in text. This is a great place to start, but we don’t want to stop there! Below are some text features writing integration ideas that will encourage students to use higher level thinking skills …

Create a Text Feature Book

Elementary students create a text feature book to practice nonfiction text features!

A fun and easy way to help students practice with the different types of text features is to create a text feature book. Creating a text feature book will help strengthen students’ understanding of the purposes of different non fiction text features. And, even better, students can use the book as a reference throughout the school year! Before students can …

Free Text Features Chart

Text Features Chart - tells the name, purpose, and gives an example of 18 different text features!

There are so many different types of text features – Titles, headings, labels, diagrams, bullet points, bold text…the list could go on forever! To help students keep track of the different types of text features, use the free text features chart pictured below! You can use this text features chart in a variety of ways – post it up in …

Text Features Slideshow

Free Nonfiction Text Features Slideshow for elementary students

Use this text features slideshow to help students with their nonfiction reading comprehension. In order for students to comprehend nonfiction text, they must have a good understanding of nonfiction text features. Students should not only be able to identify text features within the text, but they need to understand the purpose of each of the text features and how it …

Morning Work Made Easy

Ideas to make your morning work easier and simpler, making your mornings less hectic!

When students first enter the classroom in the morning it is a time of excitement, but it can also be a time of complete chaos. Having a clearly defined morning routine and morning work for students to complete can help the day start off more smoothly. Most teachers have students complete morning work as a way to get students ready …

Using A Classroom Job Application

Free Classroom Job Application to help simplify your classroom job routine so that it helps make your life easier.

I resisted giving my students classroom jobs for several years. Having to come up with a cute organizational system and procedures for my students to use the system seemed like a lot more trouble then it was worth. I knew that every time my students changed jobs, I would have to answer a variety of questions, endure mistakes, and that …

Classroom Jobs List: 30 Ideas

30 Classroom Job Ideas for the Upper Elementary Classroom!

Sometimes I recommend products using affiliate links. If you click through and buy, I may be compensated at no cost to you. Classroom jobs are a great way to help get 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students excited about helping out in the classroom. And as a HUGE added bonus, having an organized classroom job system can really …

Ice Breakers: Get Students Talking

Ice Breakers for All Year: Build a Positive Classroom Community

In my post about the “All About Me” Bag, I wrote about the importance of having a whole group ice breaker at the beginning of the year so students can begin to feel safe talking in front of the whole class. However, small group and partner ice breakers can have an even bigger impact on the environment of your classroom. …

Whole Group Ice Breaker: All About Me Bag

Free All About Me Bag Labels

Ice breakers are great for any large group of people that are getting to know each other, including elementary classrooms. Organizing ice breakers for the first few weeks of school, and then continuing them throughout the school year, is a great way to help build a positive classroom community. The All About Me bag is a great option for a …

Classroom Pencil Management: Solving the Pencil Problem

Pencil Management - Solving the pencil problem in the classroom

Classroom pencil management for 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students is much harder than the general public thinks. Non-teachers do not and cannot understand how difficult it is for upper elementary students to keep up and take care of pencils. Working in a low-income school, many of my students would come to school with very few school supplies. …