Nonfiction Text Features

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My Week of Gratitude
My Week of Gratitude
Worksheet
My Week of Gratitude
Use this worksheet each night to help your child record one thing they are grateful for each day of the week!
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Exploring a Table of Contents
Exploring a Table of Contents
Worksheet
Exploring a Table of Contents
This worksheet provides a sample table of content and comprehension questions to go along with them to help kids practice.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Workbook
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Week 3 of this Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet explores topics in reading, writing, math, social studies, and science for a well-rounded review of third grade curriculum.
4th grade
Social studies
Workbook
Understanding Cause and Effect: The Life of Anne Frank
Understanding Cause and Effect: The Life of Anne Frank
Worksheet
Understanding Cause and Effect: The Life of Anne Frank
In this worksheet, students will read about Anne Frank, then complete a chart identifying cause and effect.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Earthquake Science
Earthquake Science
Worksheet
Earthquake Science
Shake up your science studies with this worksheet about earthquakes.
5th grade
Science
Worksheet
Earthquakes: Text Features
Earthquakes: Text Features
Worksheet
Earthquakes: Text Features
Help students appreciate the information they can get from text features!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Tree Parts
Tree Parts
Worksheet
Tree Parts
This tree anatomy worksheet will give your little naturalist a better understanding of the parts that make up a tree.
2nd grade
Science
Worksheet
Biomes of the World
Biomes of the World
Worksheet
Biomes of the World
Study the map of terrestrial biomes, then use it to answer questions.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Text Features Sort
Text Features Sort
Worksheet
Text Features Sort
Help students match information about text features together in this review worksheet!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Find the Text Feature
Find the Text Feature
Lesson Plan
Find the Text Feature
Get your students excited about expository text through this fun introduction to text features! Students will create their own glossary of nonfiction text features.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Interesting Introductions
Interesting Introductions
Lesson Plan
Interesting Introductions
Teach young authors how to "hook" readers with this hands-on lesson. By examining novels and developing their own introductions, students will be able to hone their writing skills.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Text Detective: Weird Animals
Text Detective: Weird Animals
Workbook
Text Detective: Weird Animals
It's fact vs. opinion statements about interesting animals in this workbook. Kids will also think about how diagrams and images help clarify reading passages.
2nd grade
Science
Workbook
Using Text Features for Comprehension
Using Text Features for Comprehension
Lesson Plan
Using Text Features for Comprehension
Use this lesson to help your ELs use information from text features to better understand the text. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson for the Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Which Way Can We Go?
Which Way Can We Go?
Lesson Plan
Which Way Can We Go?
Look all around! In this lesson, students will use real-life examples and an interactive mapping activity to identify the cardinal directions of north, south, east, and west.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Text Feature Descriptions
Text Feature Descriptions
Worksheet
Text Feature Descriptions
Use this worksheet to practice identifying and describing text features.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Immigration: Ellis Island
Immigration: Ellis Island
Lesson Plan
Immigration: Ellis Island
This is a lesson about the immigration procedures at Ellis Island. Students will learn about the process and creatively write about what it was like for immigrants to pass through Ellis Island.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Using Text Features in Nonfiction
Using Text Features in Nonfiction
Worksheet
Using Text Features in Nonfiction
In this worksheet, readers learn about the fascinating kangaroo, then use both the text and text features to answer questions.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Plant Structures and their Functions
Plant Structures and their Functions
Lesson Plan
Plant Structures and their Functions
A caption reveals important information to a reader. Use this lesson with your students to teach them about plant structures and their functions, while they learn how to be a text feature author.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Science Vocabulary Expanders
Science Vocabulary Expanders
Workbook
Science Vocabulary Expanders
The activities in this workbook do double-duty as both vocabulary practice and earth science review with a collection of word scrambles, crosswords, and quizzes about animals, plants and planets.
3rd grade
Science
Workbook
Drawing Conclusions
Drawing Conclusions
Workbook
Drawing Conclusions
In this series of maps, charts and match-ups your child will learn to use his logic to read contextual clues and label the information. Every picture has a story to tell!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Aquatic Biomes
Aquatic Biomes
Workbook
Aquatic Biomes
Dive into earth and life science with this book on aquatic biomes. Research reefs, learn wetland animals, and explore the squishy world of swamps in this book about these wet and wild ecosystems.
4th grade
Science
Workbook
Spiders and Their Webs
Spiders and Their Webs
Worksheet
Spiders and Their Webs
Geared toward second graders, this science worksheet has young scientists read about spiders and their webs and then demonstrate their nonfiction comprehension by filling in the diagram with the correct anatomical terms.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
History of Movies
History of Movies
Worksheet
History of Movies
Have your movie lover read about the history of movies, and then test her reading comprehension as she arranges the events to complete a timeline.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Creepy Creatures
Creepy Creatures
Workbook
Creepy Creatures
Dig into some of the most famous myths and legends across the country. This nonfiction comprehension workbook is complete with writing activities, fill-in-the-blanks, and drawing pages.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Mini Dictionaries!
Mini Dictionaries!
Lesson Plan
Mini Dictionaries!
Smaller dictionaries that are totally relevant to the material being read? In this lesson, students will learn that these miraculously really do exist and go by the name of glossaries!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan

Nonfiction Text Features

Textbooks are essential tools of education, which is why it is critical for students to understand how to utilize them. The non-fiction text resources teach kids how to identify important components within a written text such as diagrams, maps infographics and vocabulary words. Other non-fiction text resources offer insight on specific topics such as extreme weather science and history lessons on Paul Revere’s Ride and the History of Television.
One of the most important skills to teach students is how to do research. While the student may look at this as simply a means to an end, that end being writing a research paper, this is actually teaching them to think critically and analytically. The ability to read and understand nonfiction will allow them to begin to form their own thoughts based on a myriad of sources.
Being able to understand nonfiction texts can be difficult. Much like fiction writing has different story elements, nonfiction writings have text features. Text features are strategies that writers make use of to enhance reader comprehension. Some examples are:
  • Photos or Illustrations - images can help readers visualize and understand more difficult concepts
  • Captions - text descriptions of photos or images
  • Graphics - visual representations of data sets
  • Special Print - using italicized or bold font can bring attention to and emphasize certain passages and keywords.

Nonfiction texts also typically follow one of several text structures. Some of the more common structures include:
  • Compare and Contrast - shows how two things are alike and different
  • Descriptive - provides information about a particular concept, item, or person
  • Problem and Solution - presents a problem and describes a solution to the problem

For early students, nonfiction also presents an opportunity to teach the difference between fact and opinion. Reviewing some of the nonfiction texts provided above by Education.com can offer opportunities for students to practice this skill. Learning to read nonfiction text critically will enable our students to formulate their own educated opinions later in life.