Reaching the Summit: Mountains and Nonfiction Text Features (Right Side)

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SWBAT identify nonfiction text features as well as explain how the features help them understand nonfiction texts.

Big Idea

Understanding the jobs of nonfiction text features will allow students to use them effectively to comprehend nonfiction texts.

Base Camp: Content Review

10 minutes

When students enter the room, we have a quick review game with white boards and dry erase markers.  My students love this game and it's provides a nice formative assessment to see what they remember from the day before.

I call this "Whiteboard Review".  I call out a question from the question sheet (included in the resource section). Students write their answer and no one shows their answer until I call for it. A quick scan around the room and I can see who knows what.

After 10 minutes or so, I tell students that today they are going to complete their right side activity- a flip book.  

Climbing the Face of the Mountain: Completing the Flip Book

40 minutes

I pass out the necessary pages for the flip book.  At this time, I also show my Interactive Notebook under the Elmo for modeling.  Students will need to cut the first page in half and trim the last page down to the same size (half page).  They will need to entirely glue down the last page and only glue the tops of the other two pages so that they flip and the last page stays glued in book.

I allow students to work together to complete their flip book using their social studies text.  As in the Left Side Activity, any text will do.  After students complete their flip books, we get ready to share.  

This is an excellent time to work with a small group of students who showed through the whiteboard review that they need some extra support.  Sit with those students while they complete their flip book to provide support and answer question.

Reaching the Summit: Time to Share

10 minutes

After students have finished or are close to finishing, we clean up and begin to share.  Relying on the random name generator, I choose one student for each nonfiction text feature.  I instruct all other students to turn to the page and give a thumbs up if the student is correct or a thumbs down if they were incorrect.  We also discuss how each nonfiction text feature helps us understand that page.