Interactive Bulletin Board / Anchor Chart
This low prep idea not only reinforces student understanding of text features, but it also gives you a student created poster / anchor chart that students can refer to all year long. (See more nonfiction 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 upper elementary 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.
Nonfiction Book Text Features Scavenger Hunt
For an engaging partner or independent text feature activity for 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students, use this free text features scavenger hunt.
It is no prep and reusable, so you can use it over and over again with different nonfiction books. Students go on a scavenger hunt for specific nonfiction text features.
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.
After students are easily able to identify nonfiction text features, make sure you encourage them to think more about the purposes behind the text features, and how text features can help readers better understand text. These text feature questions that promote higher level thinking should help!
A Text Features Freebie? Yes, Please!
A no prep resource to help your students learn the purposes of the most common text features!