: Are you looking for a fun reading activity for non-fiction text structure? How about using this text structure "fact find". Your students will enjoy this fun 'fact find' style word search! If your students are like mine, they love these puzzles.
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FREE Fact Find Extension Activity List
Keep the challenge level in mind when deciding if this text structure fact find will work for your class. Words are found forward, backward, up, down, and diagonal. I would consider it on the challenging side since students are looking for words in all directions.
This text structure activity is perfect any time of year. It can be used to introduce the elements or to review. Please see the list below as to what terms this sheet covers
. I want you to have a clear understanding in case you think it is too difficult for your class.
There are sample graphic organizers at the top to use when discussing how organizers can help readers focus on the key parts presented in the text.
This is not just any 'ole puzzle. It doesn't just include words to find. It includes information about what literary elements are and how to determine them in a text. The format uses bullet marks, which can help your students remember the information. Within each fact, a word (or words) is underlined. Those are the words the students will find in the puzzle. For example, one sentence says, "Readers can sometimes find signal words within the text to help them figure out the text structure." The words underlined in the sentence are "signal words", and those are the words they will find.
I use word searches to introduce vocabulary, or even just give it as morning work to introduce the topic of the day. Perfect for a sub, too.
There are many options for using this word search 'fact find'.
One option is to have students partner up and practice fluency. They can take turns reading the sentences. This can be used for a writing activity. Have them take the facts from the puzzle and turn them into a paragraph, changing out some of the words to make it their own. They can refer to it when detailing the elements from a text they are reading or you are reading as a class read aloud. Use it as a reading homework assignment,too. Parents can work with their child to find the words.They can even fold it in half and glue it into an interactive notebook for future reference. Feel free to be creative and use it in your classroom however you would like.
The non-fiction text structure themed words included in the word search are:
FACT FINDS you will like:
Maps and Globes
December and Christmas
Non-Fiction Text Structure
Candy Canes and Christmas Cards
New Year's and January
Winter and Snow
Martin Luther King, Jr.
100th Day of School
Nonfiction Text Features
Black History Month
St. Patrick's Day
March and Spring
Pie in America (incorporate into Pi Day)
Cinco de Mayo
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For more creative lesson ideas, click on 'elementary lesson plans' by my picture above.