This week my students started studying non-fiction text features. On Monday, I placed a stack of non- fiction books at their groups and had them rotate through the groups recording things they noticed. On Tuesday, I read them Sharks by Gail Gibbons. now I know sharks may be a weird theme in December, but here in NC we recently learned that a very large great white shark has been swimming very close to us. This excitement cause a great teaching moment. We talked about the text features we noticed and what their purpose was.
Then, on Wednesday, I used a SMART Board lesson I created using these wonderful posters. We went over each text feature and completed the Stopping A Toppling Tower sheet.
If you are going to be teaching text features soon, visit Beth Newingham's site it is wonderful!