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 scavenger hunt printable!

Interactive Bulletin Board

After teaching students about the different text features (see my Text Features Slideshow or Text Features Charts), have students cut out the different text features they find in old newspapers or magazines and glue/tape them to an interactive bulletin board.

This activity not only reinforces student understanding of text features, but it also gives you a student created poster that students can refer to all year long. And it makes a great anchor chart! (See more text feature anchor chart ideas here.)

You can do this text features scavenger hunt as a one time whole group activity or set it up as a recurring center activity.

Students will easily be able to find the more common text features: headings, photographs, captions, bold words, etc. Encourage them to be on the hunt for less common, but very important text features like diagrams, tables, and labels.

Small Group Poster Project

For a fun small group activity, have students go on a scavenger hunt and create their own text feature poster. Give each group a page from a magazine and have them create a poster that shows all of the text features found on the page, and how the text features help the reader. (Make sure the magazine page has plenty of text features for them to write about.) Groups can present their poster to the class. After all groups have presented, compare the posters, looking for similarities and differences in text features!

These posters can also be posted around the room as student created anchor charts.

If you’re in need of some cheap chart paper, find it at Amazon using my affiliate link. This chart paper is ideal for upper elementary students because it includes the handwriting lines.

Nonfiction Book Text Features Scavenger Hunt

For an engaging partner or independent text feature activity, use this free text features scavenger hunt.  It is reusable, so you can use it over and over again with different nonfiction books. Students are asked to find and answer questions about different text features in a book.

You can download this printable for free on the Text Features Page in my Members Area. Just look for the red “free” next to the resource “Text features Scavenger Hunt #1.”

While you are in my Members Area, download some of the other free resources!  Anything that has a red “free” next to it can be downloaded for free. 

This text features scavenger hunt can also be used as a literacy connection for other subjects like social studies or science. If students are going to be reading a passage from a book or textbook, have them complete the scavenger hunt before reading the text as a fun and meaningful pre-reading activity.

This text features scavenger hunt asks a few higher order thinking questions so that students can think more deeply about text features.

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      I created it with my 3rd graders in mind, but I think it could also work for 4th grade.

    2. I did this with second graders even and it worked well! I think it would just be more in-depth as they got older.

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