Informational Text Toolbox

Grade Levels
2nd - 5th
Formats Included
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98 pages
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Students are being asked to read and understand more informational (nonfiction) text than ever before. This Informational Text Toolbox is just what you need to introduce, learn about and use informational text in your classroom.

This Informational Text Toolbox includes:

Anchor Charts for

-Types of Informational Text (narrative, expository, persuasive and procedural)

-Text Feature Overview (organize text, graphics, fonts and facts)

-Organize Text (table of contents, index, glossary, heading/subheadings

-Graphics (photographs, illustrations, diagrams, labels, captions)

-Fonts (bold, italics, color, size, underline)

-facts (maps, tables or charts, graphs, timeline)

Each anchor chart has 3 versions; one completed, one with headings and one with just a title so you can choose to write in the information in our own way.

These student activities will help students recognize types of informational text and to find and understand text features.

-Informational Text Museum Walk (narrative, expository, persuasive and procedural)

-Hot on the Trail, text feature search

-Take a Closer Look, text feature mini-book

There are also 10 graphic organizers with corresponding pages for an interactive notebook

-Thinking about the Text (main idea and details)

-Read and Recall 3-2-1 (learned, interesting facts, still curious)

-V.I.T. (Very Important Text), words, facts and questions

-A.R.E.A. (Ask, Read, Evidence and Answer)

-Get the Picture, illustration and summary

-Cause and Effect

-Sequence Chart, for 4 and 6 events

-Stop and Jot Notes

-Compare and Contrast

-Know, Know, Know chart

-Thinking Stems for learning journal responses.

Finally, there is an 8 project choice board

-magazine article

-museum poster

-five false facts

-magazine cover

-picture dictionary

-travel brochure

-pop-up display

-game board

All directions, check list. organizers and final copy pages are included for these projects.


You might also like these products from Crockett's Classroom:

Find the Evidence, Reading Task Cards

Interactive Notebook for Third Grade

Interactive Notebook for Fourth Grade

If you have any questions you can contact me through the Product Q and A on this page, or email:

Created by Debbie Crockett

Copyright © 2015 Debbie Crockett

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Total Pages
98 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Year
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.
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.
Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.


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