CCSS: RI1, RI2, RI5.
In this hands-on synthesizing activity, students learn about, and apply knowledge of nonfiction text features. This activity is great for making connections across subject areas (pictures provided integrate social studies content - maps and timelines - as well as science - frogs, animals). Students also love the fact that they can color the cover and personalize the booklet to make it their own. This booklet serves as a great student resource that they will love to use throughout the year.
Students cut out the pictures provided of each text feature (table of contents, glossary, index, titles & headings, subheadings, photographs & illustrations, captions, maps, diagrams, tables and graphs, timelines, and types of print) and read the descriptions for each. Students then use the description (and prior knowledge) to help them identify the correct picture for each text feature and glue it in the box. The final page of the booklet includes a prompt for students to summarize how these text features help them as readers.
This booklet can be printed as is and stapled flat, or printed double sided and stapled at the spine. The pages can also be cut in half and stapled (the text has been formatted in such a way to provide for all 3 formats).
This is a great activity for small group work, independent seat work during reading group rotations, or as a synthesis and assessment activity following a whole group lesson on informational text features.