Main Idea and Text Features-
This pack was created for 2nd- 3rd graders struggling with finding the main idea, in nonfiction text. It contains one informational article about the honeybee. It is labeled as a Lexile level 790L, but I successfully read this piece with the child that I tutor, that is only in second grade. Because it is nonfiction, and there are some content related vocabulary words, the level was driven up. This pack is perfect for guided reading or as independent work.
After students read the article and answer the questions and/ or fill out the graphic organizer, students can cut the article apart and glue the text features into a text features hunt book. A smaller, one page, version of the article is included, in black and white, for students to cut apart. I do recommend that the original article be printed in color, if possible, so students can see the pictures.
Students can also answer questions about the article. Students will have to use the text features to answers the questions. This would be perfect as a center or small group activity. Two different sets of questions are included. One set of questions is more difficult. The cover sheet for the activity is included in color or black and white to best meet the teacher’s needs.
Included in this pack:
-A circle map to activate prior knowledge
-3 vocabulary cards, with photographs
-Informational article in color
-Informational article in black and white
-Main idea questions and answer key
-Main idea graphic organizer and answer key (each heading)
-Main idea graphic organizer and answer key (entire article)
-Article for scavenger hunt
-Text Feature Book with cut and paste definitions for all features in this article
-Two sets of questions, a higher and lower level, about the text features with recording sheet and answer key.
-Honeybee diagram to label with answer key
The text features included in this article:
-Bold, underlined print (types of print)
This is one pack in an upcoming series. One more pack will be available soon. It will be teaching main idea, with chimpanzees!
If you are looking for other similar products, I also have another pack in my Animal Bites series available here
I hope this provides additional, easy-to-use resources for your classroom!