Text Feature Anchor Charts

Text Feature Anchor Charts / Posters to make teaching nonfiction to upper elementary students easier
Below are 6 different examples of text feature anchor charts you could use in your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom. Choose the best anchor chart based on the needs of your students.

6 Text Feature Anchor Chart Examples

1. Introducing Text Features

This type of anchor chart would be great for students just being introduced to text features. It gives the name of the text feature, explains the purpose, and gives a real world example of the text feature using cut outs from an old magazine.

(Check out these other ideas for using old magazines to help you teach text features.)

This anchor chart would be very helpful for students that are unfamiliar with the different types of text features and need a visual reference.

Introduce your upper elementary students to nonfiction text features

2. Real World Example

This text feature anchor chart uses a real world example from an old magazine page. It points out text features from the magazine page, as well as their purpose.

Create this with your upper elementary students or have groups of students make their own for a fun text feature cooperative learning activity. 

A text feature anchor chart that uses real world examples from old magazines

3. Purposes of Text Features

This anchor chart explains the purpose of different text features. Use this anchor chart if your students are already familiar with identifying the different types of text features and need more practice with how text features help the reader.

Have 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students help you come up with text feature purposes as you create the anchor chart. This free text features slideshow or these text feature charts would be a good introduction for students when creating this anchor chart.

Explain the purpose of different nonfiction text features to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students

4. List of Nonfiction Text Features

This text feature anchor chart simply explains the purpose of nonfiction text features, and then lists examples of text features. As you read different nonfiction books and articles, have students find text features and add to the anchor chart.

This anchor chart will only be beneficial to students if they are already know what the different text features look like - maybe they have this text feature book to use for reference.  

A list of nonfiction text charts (anchor chart)

5. Text Feature Anchor Chart - Scavenger Hunt/Sort

This text feature anchor chart give real world examples of the different types of text features. Have students create this themselves using old magazines and newspapers.

Check out these other text feature scavenger hunt ideas - and download a free printable.  

A text feature scavenger hunt / student activity that can be used as a cooperative group activity or a student reference

6. Text Feature Posters

Another anchor chart option is to hang posters of important text features and their purpose around your room so that students can reference them all year long.

These text feature posters give an example and explain the purpose of  18 different text features.  These make great student references!

text feature posters for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

Text Feature Freebie


A no prep resource to help your students learn the purposes of the most common text features!

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