Second Grade Nest: Text Features (Exploring ELA)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Text Features (Exploring ELA)


Finally getting back to my Exploring ELA blog posts! It's been a little bit. 
I wanted to come to you today to discuss teaching text features. One of my favorite standards to teach simply because I LOVE nonfiction text and all the colorful/helpful text features!
Text Features Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands on learning, reading, videos, and more for learning text features

So let's take a peak at what common core lays out for primary students. Here are the first, second, and third grade standards.

Text Features Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands on learning, reading, videos, and more for learning text features
In a nut shell:
-KNOW text features
-USE text features
Not only can students recognize these text features but they can use them in their reading to further improve their understanding. 


1. Start by teaching vocabulary and text features.
Before diving into texts and passages, spend a few lessons and activities on simply teaching the text features themselves. Of course while teaching these text features, it will be necessary to pull in texts and passages as examples. But focus for a bit on learning each of the text features and becoming familiar with the terminology.

Text Features Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands on learning, reading, videos, and more for learning text features
(Source: Second Grade Style)
I love this anchor chart from Second Grade Style. She has labeled several popular text features and given a real example from a magazine or text for each. Always giving the students a real example is a great practice to help solidify their knowledge on terminology. 

Text Features Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands on learning, reading, videos, and more for learning text features
This is a mini lesson that is included in my RI packs for each grade level. The activity is to help the students identify pictures of each text feature that you teach. For example, the word diagram they will pull from a pile of text feature terms. Then, they will search through the pile of text features pictures to match up the diagram word card to the diagram picture card. If you follow the link, you'll pick your grade level 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. 


Text Features Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands on learning, reading, videos, and more for learning text features
(Source: BrainPopJr.)
This video talks about glossaries, table of contents, photographs, bold print, captions, and more! It's a basic 'teaching nonfiction' video, but covers a lot of important text features as well. Check out this video that puts nonfiction reading into easy steps for the students.



2. Bring many mentor texts into the lessons.
Text Features Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands on learning, reading, videos, and more for learning text features
(Source: Informational Mentor Text Blog Post)
I wrote a blog post in 2016 that suggested 5 or 6 read alouds or mentor texts for each informational and literature standard. Each of these suggested texts are affiliate links from Amazon. Specifically for text features, I grabbed 6 books that I have used in my classroom library before that I know how a few different text features in each.

3. Have a scavenger hunt with real texts. 
The importance of finding real examples of text features in magazines, passages, and texts is very important. Check out these activities that allow students to hunt on their own!

Text Features Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands on learning, reading, videos, and more for learning text features
(Source: Scholastic)
This amazing blog post from Scholastic shows a classroom full of eager kiddos diving into kids magazines to find text features. They also make a (free!) two-page folder or presentation of what they've found. It asks the students to find specific text features within the Scholastic News!

Text Features Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands on learning, reading, videos, and more for learning text features
 (Source: The Teaching Oasis)
This is a great free file folder activity that The Teaching Oasis has her students complete. They use a real text from their classroom library and illustrate or write about the text features they find in that text. This is a great way to hunt and search for text features within informational texts.



4. Allow them to practice in many ways.
It is very important to give your students many different hands-on ways to practice their new skills. Here are a few ways that can help your students during your ELA block. Students learn in all different ways, so giving many different ways to learn is great.

Text Features Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands on learning, reading, videos, and more for learning text features
(Source: Scholastic)
This image is from the same blog post that I discussed earlier. Here, the students are making classroom posters for each of the different text features.  This is a great way to tie in speaking and listening skills as well as technology skills.

Text Features Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands on learning, reading, videos, and more for learning text featuresText Features Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands on learning, reading, videos, and more for learning text features
  (Source: Text Features RI Pack for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd)
On the left you see a text features graphic organize for a nonfiction text. Each of my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade sets comes with 6-8 graphic organizers to use with any nonfiction text, whether it's a text or passage. In the picture you see an 'All About My Text' page with a wolves text. In the picture on the right, you see task cards. These task cards are included in any of the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade sets, too! Task cards can be used independently or with a partner/group. They can be used with any text.
Text Features Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands on learning, reading, videos, and more for learning text features
(Source: 3rd Grade RI3.5)
3rd grade's standards get a little different from 1st and 2nd grade because it brings electronic menus and Internet lingo into their learning. If you teach 3rd or higher, make sure to give many opportunities to learn about webpages and their specific text features, too!



5. Apply it independently. 
And finally, I'm going to discuss about ways to practice independently. We've discussed ways to learn the text features, search for text features within a text, and how to use these text features to help their learning. Now, here are a few ideas on how to give your students continued practice in ELA centers where they can use their new text feature knowledge on their own.

Text Features Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands on learning, reading, videos, and more for learning text featuresText Features Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands on learning, reading, videos, and more for learning text features
  (Source: Text Features RI Pack for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd)
>>GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS: In the Brain Pop Jr. video, it discussed the importance of taking notes and using graphic organizers. These graphic organizers that are included in my text features packs can be used on a variety of different texts and passages. It helps the students use and understand text features and keeps their learning meaningful.
>>PASSAGES: Each of my text features packs has 6-7 passages in each for each specific grade level. This is for students to practice using text features and their comprehension all at once!
These can both be used in small group, independent reading, partner reading, for homework, for morning work, and more!



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Text Features Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands on learning, reading, videos, and more for learning text features  Text Features Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands on learning, reading, videos, and more for learning text features  Text Features Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands on learning, reading, videos, and more for learning text features
 (Link: 1st Grade)
(Link: 2nd Grade)
(Link: 3rd Grade)
*Please keep in mind there are similarities between these three packs. A few activities and passages overlap, but passages are rewritten with different level. 3rd grade has a few different activities, but still some overlap. Please check out all 3 previews if you plan to buy more than 1 grade level.*


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Text Features Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands on learning, reading, videos, and more for learning text features


1 comment:

  1. I love your lessons for text features! We use Scholastic Readers in our classroom and my kiddos always love to hear the reading on the Smart Board and answer the questions. This will be a fantastic addition to my classroom lessons as well. Thanks for another wonderful product!

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