Reflection: Joy What Does that Sign Say? Use Text Features to Guide Our Learning - Section 3: Independent Practice


Most of the time, when students are working on the activity during independent practice, the room is quiet so that students can do their best thinking and reading. However, this tends to be a lively independent practice because students are so excited to share with each other when they either found a new feature or when they used the feature to learn something new and interesting. There's a lot of "hey, look what I found" or "do you have something that looks like this?". I don't discourage the sharing except I don't want to see all of the same features either. So I just let students know that at the end we are going to do a little scavenger hunt sort of check and the more variety we have the better. I also tell them that if they excited about a special type of feature, they should try to find another example of it in a different book rather than copy their peers. This way students can share but also do their own thinking and exploring.

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What Does that Sign Say? Use Text Features to Guide Our Learning

Unit 9: Exploring Information in Nonfiction Texts
Lesson 4 of 14

Objective: SWBAT to identify text features and their purpose in nonfiction texts.

Big Idea: Text and graphic features can be really useful ways to access to new learning, if you know where and how to look for them.

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English / Language Arts, Reading, Nonfiction (Reading), Nonfiction Literature, main idea, nonfiction, 4th grade, text features, informational text, informational, nonfiction reading, Fourth Grade, fourth, text features, graphic features, inferring, subheadings, subtitles
  30 minutes
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