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Have your class investigate the use of a table of contents and index to find information. They identify characteristics of informational books and add them to a chart, then demonstrate how to use the index and table of contents by trying to locate specific information in a text. After they find what they are looking for they write down the page number where they located the information.
Ninth graders explore the stages in the development of a table of contents and formulate a table of contents using the information provided. The differences and similarities of an index and a table of contents are examined.
Students critique a table of contents to find information in a book. Students locate their text books and then locate the table of contents in each one. Students research purposes for the table of contents in books.
Third graders create a table of contents. In this library skills lesson plan, 3rd graders read Welcome to the White House and use the provided worksheet to create a table of contents for the book.
Fourth graders use two separate sources to learn about index, glossary, and table of contents usage. In this library lesson, 4th graders use two books, Learning About Weather with Graphic Organizers, and The World Almanac for Kids, to complete activities focused on using the glossary, index, and table of contents.
Investigate a "table of contents" with your students! They read the table of contents in Deserts by Darlene R. Stille and predict where the answers to specific questions might be found. Learners complete a worksheet in which they find answers to questions and record the page number on which the answer can be located.
How do you find what you're looking for when reading a nonfiction book? Even first graders can learn how to use a table of contents and an index. They use the provided images of each to locate information and answer nine questions.
First graders examine author, illustrator, table of contents, and title of books and practice locating those items. Students create their own books with a title, author, illustrator, and table of contents.
Get your class acquainted with nonfiction textbooks with a useful scavenger hunt-like activity. After you review the purposes and locations of book titles, tables of contents, glossaries, and chapter headings, learners navigate the book and complete a worksheet documenting what they found and where. Great for back-to-school to establish effective ways to find information. Search results chart is included.
Learners elucidate themselves by writing up to six entries in different formats. Some formatting choices include a dictionary, encyclopedia, or atlas entry, a magazine article, a newspaper article, and a table of contents. Some structural hints are included for each of the six formats. Consider including some additional formats of your own, too!
Young readers analyze non-fiction books for features that help them to predict the book's usefulness as a resource tool. They consider such features as: bold print, table of contents, illustrations and headings.
Students explore a "table of contents." In this book researching lesson, students identify common elements of a "table of "contents" and complete a worksheet with questions about this topic.
Fourth graders practice finding answers to various questions using the Table of Contents and Index of a sample resource book. They complete a practice worksheet.
Third graders investigate "How To" books by watching a "How To" video and looking at books in the media center. They make a class "How To" book with a title page, table of contents, individual student pages, and graphics which they make in a software program. They sign a class picture that is taken with a digital camera to be included in the "How To" book.
In this table of contents instructional activity, students read information about the table of contents and use a practice example to answer questions. Students answer four questions using the table of contents.
In this table of contents learning exercise, students read the table of contents and answer the questions. Students use the table to answer the 5 questions.
It's important for your readers to understand features of informational text such as index and table of contents, so give them this visual worksheet to get started. They read a brief explanation of informational text, then look at an example about pets. They read the table of contents and record pages on which different animals can be found. Then, they look at the same book's index and determine where they might find information about specific pets. They also observe that the index is in alphabetical order.
If you have a few minutes to spare in your informational text lesson, use a video about planning your writing. Helpful graphics, such as a KWL chart, and narration show fourth graders how to use a table of contents to write their informational text and put the lesson in the context of the entire writing process. The video is the fourth of ten videos in a series about writing for an informational text.
Learners can create a portfolio in any class and use this handy table of contents to organize their work effectively. Individuals are asked to include their best work alongside work that demonstrates areas for progress. The table of contents allows for kids to write down the date the assignment was completed, the title of the work, the school subject it is from, and a quick comment. See the materials tab for cards that students can use to describe each piece they choose for their portfolios.
Set young mathematicians up for success with this interactive math notebook. Including a list of rules and expectations for using the notebooks, as well as templates for a creating a cover page and table of contents, this resource provides everything you need to help learners record and organize their math work throughout the year.

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