For this standard, third graders (RI.3.5) must "use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area."
Library Skills: Text Features from the University of Missouri lists a variety of great resources for teaching nonfiction text features:
- A Five Day Unit Plan for Teaching Text Features from Scholastic introduces nonfiction to your class. One particularly compelling part of the lesson is Stopping a Toppling Tower, a sample text by Mary Kay Carson about the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
- A handout entitled Organizational Features of Nonfiction Texts summarizes text features and acts as a springboard for Using Science Texts to Teach the Organizational Features of Nonfiction by Emily Manning for readwritethink.org.
To help kids with hyperlinks, try The Frog Beyond the Fairy Tale Character: Searching Informational Texts written by Janet Beyersdorfer for readwritethink.org. For use of clickable images, check out Types of Rocks (also mentioned in my July 8 blog about W.3.8).
A must-have is 20 Strategies to Teach Text Structure from Literacy Leader. This 29-page document gives you strategies, posters, tables, and practice activities. Head over to Teaching My Friends to see photos of how this was used in a classroom.
What am I taking away from today's standard? Instead of just using nonfiction texts in my classroom, I need to actually teach students how to use them. You can bet that I'll be pulling out Stopping a Toppling Tower and 20 Strategies to Teach Text Structure for my fourth grade class this year!