Teaching Non-Fiction Text Features is an important skill. I wanted to create a set of posters that had a main theme (in my case, kittens) so that it could be used with a variety of non-fiction books that you may already have in your own library.
The first set of posters (pages 5-16) can be used to introduce 12 Text Features (Table of Contents, Index, Heading, Photograph, Glossary, Keywords, Caption, Diagram, Label, Map, Chart, and Graph).
The next set (pages 17-52) can be used several different ways with students. There are 24 cards total (words and definitions) or 36 cards (words, definitions, and pictures). Here are some example games you can play:
1) Hand out the words and definition cards (or the word and picture cards for the younger grades) to the students. On “GO!”, have them try and find their matching partner. Once they match their word with the correct definition, have them sit down as a partner group. Once all students are sitting, review the pairs to see if they are correct.
2) Hang the definition and picture cards around the library. Hand out a word card to each pair of students. Have them find their corresponding definitions and picture cards. Once they have all 3 cards, have them sit down to check.
3) Copy 12 sets of cards #15-51 either two or four to a page, depending upon how small you want them to be. Cut them out, laminate, and place in 12 baggies. Hand them out to pairs of students to match up. Have them raise their hands once all their cards are grouped correctly.
4) Use the smaller sets of cards and place them, face down, on a table. Have students play “concentration” using the cards (flipping 3 over at a time to see if they match). If this proves to be too difficult, take out the definition or picture card so they only have to match 2 at a time.
Update on 10/10/14: I added a PDF of all 12 Text Features on a poster as well as a blank poster that you can use to introduce each Text Feature. I copied the posters 2 to a slide to fit on the blank poster.
Update on 10/10/15: I added the alternate spelling of color (colour) for Aussie learners :)
I hope you find this useful!