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Readers explore summarizing. They preview the book A True Book: Arches National Park, locating the table of contents, section titles, and photographs. They read the book independently and complete a graphic organizer about landforms, climate, and plant and animal life in the park. Then they use this organizer to write an informational paragraph.
Explore text structure with a focus on the glossary feature in informational texts. Learners read a brief introduction before examining a glossary from a text about plants. They reference it while completing four comprehension questions. Ask them what they notice about the order of words in the glossary, then have learners check off other texts that are often in alphabetical order. Note this last part may present some discussion opportunities: what is the function of alphabetical order?
What is the difference between a textbook and a trade book? Learners read the short passage and information provided before completing the questions that follow. A home activity is also provided that encourages parents to flip through a textbook with their child. How is it organized? What information does it contain?
Make learning the parts of a book fun by having pupils construct their own glossary entries, table of contents, and title page. Beginning with a review of text features and a hunt for examples, kids use previously written fables to create a title and glossary entry that is then included in a class anthology of fables. A rubric is included.
Explore text structure in a nonfiction guided reading lesson where readers, over a period of five days, examine the book Mount Everest. Individuals mark examples of nonfiction text structures with Post-it notes, define important vocabulary, take notes on the material, and share how a particular nonfiction text feature helped them to comprehend the text.
Explore geology by reading a nonfiction book in class. After reading a book about rocks as a whole class, discuss the different rock formations, types, and locations where they are found. They then answer study questions about the material and define a list of geology vocabulary terms.
Summarizing is an excellent reading comprehension strategy; learners use the informational text About Trees (linked for printing) to put this skill to use. Model through a think-aloud as you read a section of the book and scholars read along with you. You can use the script here or speak naturally, but be sure to voice your thinking to the class. This is an excellent time to demonstrate note taking and finding main ideas. Assign a paragraph to partners, then have them share what the main idea was. You'll find a guide to all three paragraphs from this section to help structure discussion.
Class members develop their own glossaries for unfamiliar words in each chapter in Elizabeth George Speare’s The Sign of the Beaver. After recording the word, the page number on which the word appears, and its part of speech, they develop a definition based on context clues, and then record the dictionary definition as well. Finally, selecting their 10 favorites words, pupils use these words in a personal narrative.