Informational Text Structures for 3rd Grade is a 79 page complete packet filled with 10 passages, task cards, graphic organizers, worksheets, posters, writing activities, foldables, a flip book, and more! This reading unit was created to teach text structures in a variety of engaging ways.
Specifically it contains:
32 Task Cards (a student record sheet and a key)
5 Teaching Passages:
Order and Sequence: The History of Marbles
Compare and Contrast: Owls and Hawks
Cause and Effect: Too Much Trash
Problem and Solution: Tigers
5 Double Sided Passages and Comprehension Questions (with keys):
Description: Naked Mole Rats
Order and Sequence: Florence Nightengale
Compare and Contrast: Giant Sea Stars and Giant Clams
Cause and Effect: Poison Oak
Problem and Solution: Cane Toads
6 Foldables (One with all text structures and a separate one for each of the five text structures).
A Flip Book with All Text Structures
Key Question Handout for Teachers for each Text Structure
Informational Text Structure Chart Handout
5 Writing Pages for Text Structure Paragraphs
Book List for each of the Text Structures
Worksheets for Informational Text Structures:
Venn Diagram for Compare and Contrast
Create a Graphic Organizer
One Topic, Five Structures (teaching example page and different student page)
Real Life Examples of Text Structures Matching Page
Scavenger Hunt for Text Structures
6 Pages of Detailed Teacher Notes
I really love to teach using lots of variety. I think it makes it more interesting for the kids and for me! This unit is loaded with so many different types of activities and that's one reason I think you'll really like these resources.
Each passage was hand selected, researched and written to be interesting for your kids but to target the key concepts of text structures at the same time. The passages could be used for Close Reading if you like.
The graphic organizers work well with any type of informational text you're working on in class and the worksheets are really helpful too. One of my favorite type that's included asks the kids to take a topic (like starfish for example) and to write a sentence or two as an author using each of the different text structures. This critical and creative type activity is open ended and perfect to get their little minds thinking!
I hope you like the posters too. They're are bright and colorful and focus on each of the different text structures by providing a definition, an example and key signal words to look for. These would look great in any classroom.
The 32 task cards will give your kids practice identifying the five main types of text structures. Kids read short descriptions on each card to determine the text structure. I really love using task cards in my classroom and feel that they are so versatile. You can have them on hand during a transition time where you have a few extra minutes and you can do a few of these together as a whole class. You can use them for small group instruction, for homework (copy 2 sheets back to back) or my favorite way, to play "Scoot". Simply place them on desks or tables around the room and kids do a card for a couple of minutes until you say "Scoot" and then they move to another card and continue. Or without a time limit, simply put the kids in pairs and allow them to rotate cards as they finish. Kids do need movement and to have things "changed up" in the day and they do love it when we do these types of activities. Plus they're learning so much…which is awesome!
I just love this unit and hope you'll like it too!
If you're looking for more Informational Text Structures practice, I have created some reading sorts which may be used for centers, whole class, or for one on one:
Informational Text Structures Sort
The Informational Text Structures Sort is part of a 10 Game Nonfiction Bundle, as well as a 20 Game Reading Bundle with Nonfiction and Fiction:
10 Nonfiction Reading Games
20 Reading Games Bundle
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