We have reached the halfway point in our nonfiction text features study. It was time to slow down and see if students could identify the features within a piece of nonfiction text. I have a subscription to Time for Kids (TFK) magazines for 2nd grade students this year. A collection started piling up in October and November. I wanted to save some of the magazines for our nonfiction study. I’m so glad I did!
First, we reviewed our anchor chart (you can see part of that chart here). Then I made a quick reference list of the features the kids would hunt for and put it on display for the kids to see (sorry – the projector was a bit crooked that day):
The kids were able to partner up or work independently. All they needed was the TFK magazines and a pencil. They got started right away:
After 15 minutes of “hunting”, we gathered back together to share. Using just those two magazines, the kids were able to find everything on our list except for a timeline. Trust me, a few tried to get creative and show me how many dates and years they could find so it was a good time to review what a timeline meant and show examples…again!
I think this will still be a fresh and new activity once we add more nonfiction text features to our study. If you have other ways to informally check to see if students can identify nonfiction text features I’d love to hear about them.
Have you read Julia Cook's newest book, A Flicker of Hope? It's a beautifully written story that encourages children to ask for help when they find themselves standing under dark clouds in their life. Not only does this book show children how to ask for help, but it also encourages children to be hope builders for others!