Nonfiction Text Features Homework Hotline

Captions. Diagrams. Fact boxes. Informational texts have the potential to teach readers so much—but many kids don’t pay attention to the special features found in them or fully understand how to use them. To help your students practice reading nonfiction, here’s a scavenger hunt to help them find informational text features that uses free samples of Explorer, a National Geographic magazine for students in grades K through 5/6 that builds vocabulary, reading skills, and science knowledge.

1. Download the Scavenger Hunt printable for your class’s grade level.

Distribute the printables to your students. Students can work individually or in pairs.

Grade K: Young Explorer Scavenger Hunt Printable: Scout Edition (Kindergarten)

Grade 1: Young Explorer Scavenger Hunt Printable: Voyager Edition (1st Grade)

Grade 2: Explorer Scavenger Hunt Printable: Pioneer Edition (2nd Grade)

Grade 3: Explorer Scavenger Hunt Printable: Trailblazer Edition (3rd Grade)

Grade 4: Explorer Scavenger Hunt Printable: Pathfinder Edition (4th Grade)

Grades 5/6: Explorer Scavenger Hunt Printable: Adventurer Edition (5/6th Grades)

2. Send your students to a digital copy of Explorer magazine.

Or download it yourself and distribute it to your students.

Young Explorer: Scout (Kindergarten)

Young Explorer: Voyager (1st Grade)

Explorer: Pioneer (2nd Grade)

Explorer: Trailblazer (3rd Grade)

Explorer: Pathfinder (4th Grade)   

Explorer: Adventurer (5/6th Grade)

3. Answer Keys

Explain to your class that the answer to each question can be found in the magazine.

Answer Key (Grade K):

1. Grizzly Bear Family
2. playing
3. Yellowstone Lake
4. Options: river, waterfall, lake, hot spring, geyser
5. Pages 16-17

Answer Key (Grade 1):

1. Grizzly Bear Family
2. Playing
3. Yellowstone Lake
4. Options: river, waterfall, lake, hot spring, geyser
5. Pages 16-17

Answer Key (Grade 2):

1. Mayan
2. long tail feathers
3. Artic civilization
4. a part of a plant from which a new plant can grow
5. photographs
6. Answers will vary. Sample: “This is a photograph of a bristlecone pine. It looks like it’s dead because it doesn’t have leaves, but it is still alive.”
7. “Signs of Life?”
8. Options: “The Search;” “Looking for Lake Edib;” “Important Findings”
9. Answers will vary.

Answer Key (Grade 3):

1. Mayan
2. up to 1 meter in length
3. Aztec civilization
4. page 14
5. light energy; water; carbon dioxide
6. a gas in the air that humans and animals need to breathe.
7. photographs
8. Answers will vary. Sample: “This is a photograph of a bristlecone pine. It looks like it’s dead because it doesn’t have leaves, but it is still alive.”
9. “Signs of Life?”
10. Options: “Setting Out;” “Looking for Lake Edib;” “Sampling the lake;” “Important Findings”
11. Answers will vary.

Answer Key (Grade 4):

1. endangered, activist, advocates
2. pages 8-9
3. 10%
4. She drags tires across the beach.
5. page 19
6. Alaska
7. laws of how objects move
8. illustrations
9. Answers will vary. Sample: This is an illustration of outer space that includes a space ship, astronauts standing on scales on the Moon and Mars, and a person standing on a scale on Earth. The illustration shows how the force of gravity can change your body weight.
10. “Frozen!”
11. Options: “Getting to the Goal;” “Perfecting the Plan;” “Underway;” “Racing Against Time;” “Finding Their Way;” “Success!”
12. Answers will vary.

Answer Key (Grade 5/6):

1. endangered, activist, advocates
2. pages 8-9
3. 10%She drags tires across the beach.
4. page 19
5. Alaska
6. laws of how objects move
7. illustrations
8. Answers will vary. Sample: This is an illustration of outer space that includes a space ship, astronauts standing on scales on the Moon and Mars, and a person standing on a scale on Earth. The illustration shows how the force of gravity can change your body weight.
9. “Frozen!”
10. Options: “Getting to the Goal;” “Perfecting the Plan;” “Underway;” “Racing Against Time;” “Finding Their Way;” “Success!” or “What’s Next”
11. Answers will vary.

 

Nonfiction Text Features Poster:

(Click on Get Worksheet below) What are text features? All types of publishing use graphic and organizational features to increase comprehension, separate content, and add visual interest to the text. These enhancements are particularly present in nonfiction works. Knowing how each of these features work helps students locate information quickly and better understand what they are reading.

For example, if a student is reading about ancient Rome, a detailed map can be very helpful. Not only will it provide clarification, but some students are more visual and this type of text feature can help them to comprehend, and put into context, what they are reading.

The PDF below includes 20 printable PDFs (all in one file) that you may use to place on the bulletin board, covert to PowerPoint, or hand out to students. The following text feature elements are included:

Title PageTable of Contents
IndexGlossary
SubtitleHeading
SubheadingKeywords
Guide WordsText Box
TimelineIllustrations and Photographs
CaptionsDiagrams
LabelsMaps
Charts and GraphsIcons
Bullets
CCSS:
1st Grade CCSS, 1st Grade CCSS: Reading: Informational Text, 2nd Grade CCSS, 2nd Grade CCSS: Reading: Informational Text, 3rd Grade CCSS, 3rd Grade CCSS: Reading: Informational Text
CCSS Code(s):
RI.1.5, RI.2.5, RI.3.5
Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12, Kindergarten & 1st Grade

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