Nonfiction Features Update

A few weeks ago I published a blog post a nonfiction scavenger hunt and then an online magazine to use for modeling on a Smart Board or Promethean board.  I did the lesson and it went alright, but I do have a few reflections:

1.  Even projected on the Promethean board, the magazine was still slightly "fuzzy." I loved using a real-world example (especially a magazine) but some of the features were still to blurry to read.

2.  When the students did the hunt in their own texts (three baskets of leveled books, each students assigned to a different basket by reading level) they did find features, but since they went through SEVERAL texts in one sitting, it was hard to see if students were accurately identifying features.  I was able to observe and help kids, but it left too much in the air for me to be comfortable to see if they really "got it."

So you guys know me)...I made some "tweaks" for next year.

First I found this AWESOME site via Pinterest (I wish I knew the original pin so I could give credit!).  When I saw the site, I knew it was PERFECT for this lesson.  There are several appropriate texts, but I noticed there was a rocks and minerals books geared for ages 8-10.  Rocks and minerals is a unit of study in third grade science (Georgia).

The book is perfect with lots of photographs, captions, table of contents, close ups (not on the hunt, but still worth mentioning), text boxes, cut aways,  glossary, and an index!

There are several other books that would be appropriate; this book just happened to catch my eye first!!

Next, I tweaked the scavenger hunt.  I kept the original file as the first page, in case you liked the original hunt.  Then I added a second page that is shown below .  I have half a mind to now give this to students, with a basket of levels books (a closed selection, so that I could know the answers easily) and the new scavenger hunt (shown below) as an assessment.

The point of this hunt is for a students to find at least 3 different examples (although some I would accept two because they may be harder to find) and write the page number and book title.  I think this is an easier way to assess the students than the first hunt. 

Better? Maybe?  Are you guys also tweaking things EVERY time you do them?  I swear, I never do the same lesson or activity the same way twice!



  1. Love your scavenger hunt sheets...thanks for sharing!

  2. I do tweak things every year because my ELL classes are always so different each year, so I totally get that.

    I love that scavenger hunt sheet, how perfect! I am filing it away for next year, thank you! And that site! WOW!!! This was a wonderful post, thank you!

  3. I'm covering text features in 2 weeks :) I do a scavenger hunt too! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Hey, Mandy! Loving your new blog! You should combine your blog and your website into one site like I did a few years back. Then all your great resources would be in one place!

    :-) Angela

  5. Thanks so much for this idea and printable! :)

  6. Things can always be made better, right! I can't stop tweaking things. It's kind of an illness I think. I love this. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. I really like this. This year I used one by Laura Candler from her Graphic Organizer book. It's the same idea but has a blank next to the feature found for how it helps comprehension. My third graders did not do so well with that part. So while it was a good activity and they got the point, I might try this one next year. I did it the closed way with a basket of leveled text that I previewed and knew had features in it. I love the magazine article you found to project for modeling. Awesome@

  8. Hi Mandy!!

    I just found your blog through Mor and I LOVE it!! The nonfiction scavenger hunt is such a wonderful idea and I am definitely going to be using this with my kiddos!! So glad I found your blog!

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  9. This is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm a new follower :)


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  10. These are awesome! I created a similar scavenger hunt for informational text features, but this one is more visually appealing! I feel like the first scavenger hunt could be used as a review, and then the second as an assessment like you suggested. Thank you for sharing! And...Yes, I am always changing things every year to most of my lessons. :)


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