Nonfiction Text Features: Low Prep Activities

Text Feature Activity - Make copies of a page with a variety of text features, and have students highlight and label the different text features they find.

After being introduced to nonfiction text features (see my free text feature slideshow), students must have time to practice identifying text features within nonfiction text. Once students start deliberately looking for text features, they will be surprised at how easy it is to find them in nonfiction text. It is important to provide engaging, thought-provoking activities that direct students as …

Text Features Scavenger Hunt

Text Features - interactive reference poster that students can help create using old magazines or newspapers.

Going on a text features scavenger hunt is an engaging way to have students practice looking for and analyzing text features. There are several ways to set up a scavenger hunt, depending on the needs of your classroom. Below you’ll find 3 possible ways to set up a text features scavenger hunt in your classroom, as well as a free …

Text Features Questions: Higher Order Thinking

Use these higher order thinking questions to get kids thinking more critically about text features.

When questioning students about text features, it is important that we encourage students to think past knowledge and recall questions and into more higher order thinking questions. Below are some text features questions you can ask your students for each of the levels in Bloom’s Taxonomy. (Click here for more text feature activity ideas.) My Text Features Task Cards also …

Text Features Technology Integration

3 Easy ways to incorporate technology while teaching text features

All elementary teachers understand the necessity and importance of building basic computer skills with students, but the demands of standards and curriculum often make it difficult to fit this into our already overcrowded schedules. The most time effective way to incorporate technology into our lessons is to use it while practicing different content skills. Below are 3 easy ways text …

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 …