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Identify the Text Features
Identify the Text Features
Game
Identify the Text Features
Text features highlight important facts in sources of information. Help kids learn to identify these features with this silly newspaper article.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Game
The Mayflower
The Mayflower
Worksheet
The Mayflower
Learn all about The Mayflower, the famous ship the Pilgrims made their great journey in.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
All About Plastic
All About Plastic
Worksheet
All About Plastic
In this worksheet, children discover what plastic is, how it is manufactured, as well as its history and about attempts to reduce plastic waste.
3rd grade
Science
Worksheet
Kindergarten Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Kindergarten Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Workbook
Kindergarten Independent Study Packet - Week 5
This independent study packet for kindergarteners offers Week 5 of at-home learning opportunities.
Kindergarten
Science
Workbook
My Neighborhood Map
My Neighborhood Map
Worksheet
My Neighborhood Map
Go over this neighborhood map with your child or student to teach how to properly read a map.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Nonfiction Text Features: Wild, Wild Weather
Nonfiction Text Features: Wild, Wild Weather
Worksheet
Nonfiction Text Features: Wild, Wild Weather
Children will practice using nonfiction text features as they read and interpret a passage about extreme weather.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Informational Text 1
Informational Text 1
Guided Lesson
Informational Text 1
Now that reading skills are more developed, second graders will move on to comprehension of informational text. This guided lesson supports this through an exploration of the main idea of a text, as well as the other text features, such as: captions, photographs, maps headings, subheadings, glossary, index, icons and graphs. Kids will look at two texts that cover the same topic, but in different ways.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Finding Word Meaning: Context Clues & Text Features #1
Finding Word Meaning: Context Clues & Text Features #1
Worksheet
Finding Word Meaning: Context Clues & Text Features #1
Learners practice using context clues to identify the meaning of new words in this language and vocabulary worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Workbook
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Week 2 of this third grade independent study packet offers 5 more days of activities in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.
3rd grade
Science
Workbook
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Workbook
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Week 5 of this independent study packet for third graders offers a stack of at-home learning opportunities in the subject areas of reading, writing, and math.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Map Reading
Map Reading
Worksheet
Map Reading
Help your child practice reading a map and using the cardinal directions. See if she can interpret the different parts of a map.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Workbook
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Get 5 more days of activities with Week 2 of this independent study packet for fifth graders.
5th grade
Science
Workbook
Poetry, Prose, and Drama, Oh My!
Poetry, Prose, and Drama, Oh My!
Lesson Plan
Poetry, Prose, and Drama, Oh My!
Nourish your child's inner writer with this lesson on three different forms of literature: poetry, prose, and drama. After going through some examples of each, students will demonstrate their knowledge by filling out bubble maps.
4th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Search for Nonfiction Text Features
Search for Nonfiction Text Features
Worksheet
Search for Nonfiction Text Features
As your students hunt for various text features, they’ll learn that these features provide important information about the text they’re reading!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Workbook
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Week 2 of this independent study packet for fourth graders features five more days of targeted practice with reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.
4th grade
Science
Workbook
Using Context Clues to Understand Word Meanings
Using Context Clues to Understand Word Meanings
Lesson Plan
Using Context Clues to Understand Word Meanings
This lesson will help your students use sentence level context clues to decode challenging words in a nonfiction text. Students will enjoy learning about maps and figuring out tricky words along the way!
2nd grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Second Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Second Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Workbook
Second Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
This Second Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1 provides five full days of learning activities in reading, writing, math, and other fun topics.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Nonfiction Text Features: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nonfiction Text Features: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Worksheet
Nonfiction Text Features: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Students learn what text features are, along with examples, then practice identifying and using them to enhance their understanding of nonfiction texts as they learn about Martin Luther King, Jr.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Making Inferences in Nonfiction Texts
Making Inferences in Nonfiction Texts
Lesson Plan
Making Inferences in Nonfiction Texts
When students read nonfiction texts, they will need to make inferences using text features and quotes as evidence. Support your students using short texts as practice before diving into more complex materials like textbooks.
5th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Informational Text: Close Reading
Informational Text: Close Reading
Lesson Plan
Informational Text: Close Reading
Let's learn about natural disasters. After reading through some informational texts, students will use their close reading skills to answer questions about different types of disasters.
5th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Second Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Second Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Workbook
Second Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Week 2 of our Second Grade Fall Review Packet features five days of engaging learning activities designed to help learners prepare for their second grade debut.
2nd grade
Science
Workbook
Charts and Graphs and Diagrams, Oh My!
Charts and Graphs and Diagrams, Oh My!
Lesson Plan
Charts and Graphs and Diagrams, Oh My!
Students will learn about three nonfiction text features: charts, graphs, and diagrams. They will analyze and interpret the information represented in these visual forms and discover how they aid in the comprehension of nonfiction texts.
4th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Kindergarten Independent Study Packet - Week 4
Kindergarten Independent Study Packet - Week 4
Workbook
Kindergarten Independent Study Packet - Week 4
This independent study packet features targeted practice in reading, writing, and math.
Kindergarten
Social emotional
Workbook
Parts of the Brain
Parts of the Brain
Worksheet
Parts of the Brain
Why do zombies love brains? Find out with this collection of fun facts and a colorful diagram of the brain.
5th grade
Science
Worksheet
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Workbook
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Week 5 of this independent study packet for fifth graders covers the subject areas of reading, writing, and math.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook

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.