These two activities can be used either as part of a guided reading lesson or for homework. Once you've taught Close Reading strategies, and introduced nonfiction text features, these two activities would make a wonderful homework assignment! Your kids simply follow the Close Reading steps, using any article or nonfiction book of your choosing, and use "Thinking Tracks" to annotate the text. I use photocopies of grade level appropriate mini-books, or longer non-fiction articles such as back copies of Scholastic News or Time For Kids. That way, your kids can write directly on the paper and leave their thinking tracks visible for discussion later.
The second activity is a Text Features Hunt. The kids simply read the selection another time and this time stop to note what text features are present. They are asked to note page number and then take a moment to write how that particular text feature helps the reader understand the text.
My second graders can now (by March) handle both of these activities for Reading Homework...I use these two sheets, along with an article/book-specific page of Comprehension questions and this is my Reading Homework for the entire week. It is a nice way to get your kids to do repeated reading of a text and have some fun along the way! Then, when they turn in the work and the mini-book/article at the end of the week, you can see their Thinking Tracks right on the paper to observe how they interacted with the text.
I hope this product is as useful for your students as it is for mine!