Nonfiction Features

It has been the busiest last few days! I have so many things to post, but I am dog tired. Isn't that how it always is?!

One thing we are focusing on is nonfiction features/ conventions. Tomorrow we will be going on a nonfiction "scavenger hunt." I know this is not a new idea, so I don’t feel guilty sharing!
On a sheet I have listed all of the features that students must be familiar with in third grade (according to my district). As we come across in an informational text we will make a tally mark and record the page number (as evidence). I wanted to make sure that I had a large enough text that all students could see and search for features. A big book would not be big enough and would not cut it.

I found this awesome site that has an online preview of a Ranger Rick magazine. I am going to show the magazine on my Promethean board and then tally the features on chart paper. Then the students will then get a copy of the hunt and look through informational guided reading text looking for features.

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  1. I just taught nonfiction text features last week. I used a similar search, but I really like yours and will use it next year or to review. Thanks! Next is nonfiction text structure. Do you teach that?

  2. Thanks so much for sharing! This will be really helpful for my "book detective" center!

  3. I'm totally lost my daughter is in 3rd grade and writing about Teachers! She needs to come up with non fiction feature and I have no clue what that is :) please help! Thnx in advance!

  4. Thanks for sharing!

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