Reflection: Checks for Understanding What's in a Textbook?: Scavenger Hunt for Text Features - Section 1: Exploration


This is a effective and quick way to determine whether or not students need instruction on text features. Very quickly, I can look around the room and either see white boards or open textbooks to see if students know where the table of contents, glossary, or index is. In this lesson, what I found was that although students knew what a table of contents was, they were not using it when they went on search of a unit or section in their book. Most of the students were flipping through the book, looking at titles of different pages. I stopped them and use the document camera to project the table of contents. I taught, in the moment, where to find the title, page number, and any other pertinent information. I then asked a few more questions requiring them to use their table of contents. I was able to see quickly that students could use the table of contents after my in the moment instruction.

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What's in a Textbook?: Scavenger Hunt for Text Features

Unit 1: ELA Through State History Studies
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: SWBAT to use text features to find content in a textbook.

Big Idea: Students can more easily focus on the content when they know how to use the text features.

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English / Language Arts, definition context clue, Vocabulary, 4th grade, text features, textbook, Fourth Grade, scavengers, observations, Geography
  25 minutes
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