Use these 24 Nonfiction Text Feature Task Cards as a supplemental activity to increase your students' understanding and to help them to use nonfiction resources more effectively. Each of these 24 cards includes a nonfiction text feature term, a short definition, and a writing task. The cards are correlated with RI 3.5, 3.7, and 4.7 Common Core Standards.
Your students will need age-appropriate nonfiction books to complete these cards. Ideally, one book should be used for most of the cards, however, it is unlikely that one book will include all of the text features, so additional books will be needed (or you can have students skip cards that are not applicable to their books). One option is to create a center with several books available for use. It is also best if the student has not read the book(s) before completing the cards.
Each card is numbered so students can easily track which cards they have completed. A student recording sheet is also included. These cards will look best in color, but will also print out fine in grayscale. Simply print and cut along the guidelines. Laminate and use them again and again. Another option is to print on card stock.
These task cards explore the following 18 text features (one card per feature unless otherwise specified):
Table of contents
Headings and subheadings (2 cards)
Font styles (bold, italics, etc.)
Illustrations and Photos (2 cards)
Caption (2 cards)
Graph or Chart
Sidebar or Text box (2 cards)
Glossary (2 cards)
Index (2 cards)
For More Information
Other features (activities, fun facts etc.)
These cards are correlated with the following Common Core Standards:
RI.3.5. Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
RI.4.7. Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
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