This week we are continuing on with our study of nonfiction text features. This is the Scholastic book we used last week when we made our anchor chart. This book is great for bringing out examples of all of the different nonfiction text features.
On Monday we focused on the text feature of labeling. We used the labeling activity from Kim's Fire Fighters Unit for our lesson. We talked about why nonfiction illustrators use labeling. Then we worked as a whole group to label the firefighter. After we practiced as a whole group, students went to their seats and practiced labeling on their own.
On Tuesday we used Kim's Parts of a Fire Engine activity to focus on close-ups and cut-a-ways. We reviewed how nonfiction illustrators use text features to teach us something new or to show us something that is important. We learned about the parts of the fire engine. Then we wrote about the parts and created a close-up with a label to go with our writing. We started each sentence together with "Fire engines" then we added are, have, or can together. Students finished up writing each sentence themselves with their own idea and their own spelling. They decided what part of the engine they wanted in their close-up. Then they created it and added a label. I have to say I think they did a great job with this lesson and they are really starting to see and think more about nonfiction text features.
Still to come this week- bold printed words, fancy letters, and colored words as well as captions and fun facts.
You can pick up Kim's Fire Fighters unit here on TPT.