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Nonfiction Text Features

by Jill & Cathy on February 11, 2013

The Common Core emphasizes the importance of nonfiction text.  Because of this, the nonfiction work you do in your classroom is of high importance.  We have put together this collection of activities to help you introduce the features of nonfiction to your students.

If your students have previous experience, a great way to start this unit is by having each of your students search for a nonfiction book in your room.  When everyone has found one, gather in your meeting spot.  Talk about each book and why it does or does not fit into the category of nonfiction.  This is a way to get your kids talking about nonfiction and discussing the features of nonfiction texts.

Nonfiction Text Feature Anchor Chart  This is a visual to help your students remember the difference between the features of nonfiction.

Nonfiction Text Feature File Folder Sort   Attach the sorting pages to a file folder.  Laminate the file folder and the two pages with text feature examples and cut.  Students sort the text features onto the correct spot at a center.

Nonfiction Text Feature Bookmarks  In a word format so you can make changes to fit your class.  Laminate these bookmarks and place at a center with a basket of nonfiction books.  Students search for text features and mark each with the matching bookmark.

Photo Hunt  Have cameras in your classroom?  Get the kids using them with these nonfiction photo search booklets.  Students find an example of each text feature and take a picture of the feature.  Print the pictures for your students and have your students place them in the correct spot in the photo booklet.



{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Caitlin February 17, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Thank you so much for sharing these great resources and activities for Non-Fiction Text features! These will be great activities for my students to practice at center time!


Lynne January 23, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Thank you Just Perfect for my lessons!!!!!


Candie September 16, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Thank you so much for these hands-on text feature activities. I have been looking online for several hours. So happy that I found these lessons. I’ll be using them next week to review what we learned this week.


L.Foster November 5, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Fantastic activities to supplement fiction and nonfiction lessons.


bissan February 18, 2015 at 8:32 pm

thank you so much for sharing!


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