Here is a generic, sustainable activity menu with nine activities strictly aligned to your Informational Text Standards for Common Core. The menu can be used over and over again to ensure students are making progress towards mastery of each RI Standard.
Each activity has a student recording sheet for formative assessments.
1) Present activities whole class over the course of 3-4 weeks, a few activities per week. Allow for guided practice, presenting exemplars of quality responses, and specific feedback.
Present menus to students working independently at seats and allow students to choose 2-3 activities during the week while you pull your guided reading groups.
Set up to nine Informational Text Literacy Centers. Enlarge each activity and take it off the menu. Assign students for collaborative peer modeling and interaction knowing which students need targeted practice with specific standards. Students could work at Literacy Centers while you are pulling your guided reading groups.