Monday, February 11, 2013

Having Fun with Common Core: Nonfiction Text Features

I’ve written about nonficiton text features before on Celebrate Science, but since I’m taking the standards in order, I wouldn’t want to leave out CCSS for ELA Reading Informational Text #5.




Craft & Structure #5

Kindergarten

Grade 1

Grade 2

Identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book.

Know and use various text features (headings, tables of contents, glossaries) to locate key facts or information in a text.

Know and use various text features (captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.

Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.

Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.

The kindergarten goal is pretty easy—identify the front cover, the back cover, and the title page. Most kids are already learning this in the early elementary grades. They’re also learning to identify the author and illustrator and learning the role of each person in the book-making process. That’s something we never really learned when I was in school.

At grades 1-3, this standard focuses on identifying and understanding the purpose of text features.It’s pretty hard to find a single book with all the text features your kiddos are supposed to know, but my A Place for . . . books are a good place to start.


The image above, which you can download from my website as a slide for yoru Smartboard, highlights the text features in A Place for Frogs. The other books on butterflies, fish, birds, and bats have most of the same features.

And in just a few days, I’ll be adding a new book to the series. A Place for Turtles will be released on March 1. That means that there will soon be a book representing all the vertebrate animal groups—reptiles, mammals, amphibians, birds, and fish.

My website also features some activity sheets that you can use to reinforce what students are learning about text features.

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