Text Features

Smiles!

Smiles!

I have such a wonderful group of kids this year, and really by extension, such a wonderful group of families! Earlier this week, a boy gave me this awesome present. It was so sweet of him and I just loved it. His explanation was perfect too-

Student: “Do you know why I gave this to you today and not a few days ago?”

Me: “No, tell me why.”

Student: “Because it took a really long time to make.”

🙂 Well that explains it!

Honestly, getting something like this just makes me remember why I do what I do. Being shown this kind of sweet appreciation is just so kind and made me smile all day!

Text Features

We are reading informational/non-fiction text and working on summarizing. This means, we are learning how to find the topic of the text, as well as supporting details. All of this ties into the idea of text features, those special parts that informational text have.

When planning this unit, we came across this organizer for a text feature hunt.

Organizer

Organizer

We knew that text features were something we totally needed to cover for this unit.

But…. it’s also REALLY hard and LOTS, LOTS, LOTS of information for our little kiddlets. There are so many aspects to text features, not to mention all the various ways the kids see them. Take for example a table of contents. Sometimes in a book it’s called “Table of Contents”, sometimes just “contents”, and sometimes there isn’t a title to it or there isn’t one at all. That alone takes lots of explanation!

Well, the only way to tackle all of this new information is to do little by little.

So, we took one of our Scholastic New magazines….

Scholastic

Scholastic

and began the hunt!

Searching for text features

Searching for text features

Searching

Searching

Searching

Searching

First, we talked about some of the features informational text has, such as bold words, headings, titles, and captions. After going over all of this, we looked for examples in the Scholastic Magazine.

Searching for text features

Searching for text features

Searching for text features

Searching for text features

Searching for text features

Searching for text features

I think this was a great way for the kids to see text features in a real way. Sometimes we talk about things, but they don’t get to see them in a practical example. But, this was a super fun way for the kids to explore and discover! Plus, it helped clear misconceptions about what makes titles and headings different, as well as captions.

Searching for text features

Searching for text features

They turned out really cute and the kids loved them!

Text feature hunt

Text feature hunt

Text feature hunt

Text feature hunt

Text feature hunt

Text feature hunt

Thanks for checking in to our adventure! We are also on the hunt for text features and so happy to see you here looking at our “hunts”!