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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!
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.
Scholars compare and contrast nonfiction and fiction text features. They define and identify nonfiction text features such as glossary, table of contents, charts, bold words, and headings. Then they read nonfiction independently to orally share the text feature they found helpful.
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.
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.
Investigate rocks and non-fiction reading strategies. The class observes and sorts rocks, and then identifies non-fiction text features in Remarkable Rocks. Given strips of paper labeled with headings from the table of contents, pupils read the book independently and place the labels over corresponding text. They take notes on one book section and share what they learned with the group.
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.
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.
First graders locate the table of contents in a book and develop one for their own book. In this table of contents activity, 1st graders examine a textbook to find out where the table of contents is located and what it includes. They look at a non-fiction book about tadpoles and frogs to determine how topics and pages are listed. They develop a table of contents for their "All About Me Book."