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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, 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.
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.
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.
Young scholars explore the sea. In this sea lesson, students fill out KWL charts and read non-fiction books about the sea. Young scholars find and use the table of contents, index, and glossary. Students sort ocean animals into different categories according to their ecosystem.
I really like this charming presentation on the parts of a book. This PowerPoint is designed for very young readers, and colorfully shows these important elements. The information on the cover of a book, the table of contents, the glossary, and the index are all covered here. I wouldn't hesitate to use this with my kindergarten or first grade class. Very good!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Students explore places extreme skiers go, safety rules, and equipment they use. In this extreme sports lesson, students preview the book and table of contents. Students read the text independently and complete all related post reading activity worksheets.
Students examine how to scan textual material. They identify and circle key words, phrases, and synonyms in the table of contents and the index of a classroom text.
Fourth graders explore the use of information resources. They study how to use the table of contents, index, glossary, and excerpts from books. Students practice skimming and finding key words in questions. They answer questions using the Information Resources Booklet.
Students use research skills to solve a problem. They research information needed to plan a vacation. Students create a letter, a flyer, an itinerary, an activity list, cost spreadsheet, a reference page, table of contents and a title page.

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