Exploring Non-Fiction {Using Classroom Periodicals}

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Each year my grade level orders classroom magazines for our students to use, and each year I struggle with how to make the most out of them. While my students have always really enjoyed reading their magazines, I wanted to make sure that they were learning as much about non-fiction, as they were about the topics they were reading about. Since the beginning of this year, I have been putting together a collection of resources that my students have been using with their classroom magazines. I really tried to create tools that they could use to explore text structures, text features, and comprehension skills and strategies. I hope that you enjoy these resources as much as my students and I do!!

Here’s what’s included...

Page 1: Cover
Page 2: About this Product
Pages 3-4: Sample Pictures
Pages 5-10: Labels to put together an “Informational Text Reading Folder” (sample pics included)
Pages 11-22: Cover and pages for “My Collection of Informational Text Features” (At the end of each week, my students add to their collections by cutting out different text features and pasting them into their booklets)
Page 23: “Find the Features” Chart
Page 24: “Informational Text Structures” Reference Sheet
Page 25: “What’s the Structure” Chart
Pages 26-32: Graphic Organizers for the different text structures (Sequence of Events, Cause & Effect, Problem & Solution, Compare & Contrast, and Description)
Pages 33-34: “Close Reading” Worksheet
Page 35: “What’s the Big Idea” Worksheet
Pages 36-37: “Making Connections” Worksheet
Page 38: “Get to the Point” Worksheet
Pages 39-41: “Words to Know” Worksheet (print back-to-back, use one per week)
Page 42: “Sum It Up” (use one per week to summarize 4 different articles in a magazine)
Pages 43-44:“Text Feature in the Spotlight” Worksheet
Page 45: “In My Opinion...” Worksheet
Page 46: “Get the Idea with 5W’s
Page 47: Four, Three, Two, One (4 Facts, 3 Thoughts, 2 Questions, 1 Opinion)
Page 48: Terms of Use and Credits

*Teacher Tip: Each week I read through our classroom magazines and choose a selection of resources to focus on each week. Some I use each week {like “Words to Know” and “Find the Features”}. Others I use only as needed, and when the articles lend themselves to a specific skill or strategy.

Please email me at rjyoung23@gmail.com with any questions or comments! :)

Credits:
Fonts from Kimberly Geswein Fonts
Graphics from:
Melonheadz
Apples ‘n’ Acorns
Creative Clips
Scrappin Doodles
My Cute Graphics
Backgrounds and Borders from:
Kelly Benefield
Lovin’ Lit
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48 (see page breakdown in description)
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N/A
Teaching Duration
1 Year

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Exploring Non-Fiction {Using Classroom Periodicals}
Exploring Non-Fiction {Using Classroom Periodicals}
Exploring Non-Fiction {Using Classroom Periodicals}
Exploring Non-Fiction {Using Classroom Periodicals}