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Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Workbook
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Week 3 of our Third Grade Fall Review Packet features five more days of learning activities designed to prepare students for their third grade year.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
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
Nonfiction Text Structures #1: Compare and Contrast
Nonfiction Text Structures #1: Compare and Contrast
Worksheet
Nonfiction Text Structures #1: Compare and Contrast
In this worksheet, children will learn to identify signal words and visuals that writers use when comparing and contrasting.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Nonfiction Text Features: Winter Olympics
Nonfiction Text Features: Winter Olympics
Worksheet
Nonfiction Text Features: Winter Olympics
Learners will practice using nonfiction text features to support their understanding of a short text about the Winter Olympics.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Dictionary Skills: Alphabetizing Guide Words
Dictionary Skills: Alphabetizing Guide Words
Worksheet
Dictionary Skills: Alphabetizing Guide Words
Students will practice using dictionary guide words by matching words to the pages they would appear on.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Second Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
Second Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
Workbook
Second Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
This final installment of our Second Grade Fall Review Packet offers five more days of engaging activities that will prepare incoming second graders for a new year of learning.
2nd grade
Social studies
Workbook
Nonfiction Text Structures #3: Description
Nonfiction Text Structures #3: Description
Worksheet
Nonfiction Text Structures #3: Description
In this worksheet, children will learn to identify signal words and visuals that writers use when using description.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Workbook
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Week 2 of our Third Grade Fall Review Packet is a great way to prepare learners for a new school year as they complete a wide range of practice activities and brush up on key concepts.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Interesting Animals: Whales
Interesting Animals: Whales
Worksheet
Interesting Animals: Whales
Learn all about the interesting world of the whale while practicing fluency and reading comprehension skills using this helpful nonfiction reading worksheet.
Kindergarten
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
Nonfiction Text Structures #2: Cause and Effect
Nonfiction Text Structures #2: Cause and Effect
Worksheet
Nonfiction Text Structures #2: Cause and Effect
In this worksheet, children will learn to identify signal words and visuals that writers use when describing cause and effect.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Workbook
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Prepare learners for their fifth grade debut with Week 2 of our Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet, complete with five more days of engaging activities that will review key skills and concepts.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
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
History of Zombies
History of Zombies
Worksheet
History of Zombies
Ever wonder how the whole zombie craze got started? Read about the history of zombies in this awesome reading comprehension packet.
5th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Timeline of Sonia Sotomayor's Life (So Far)
Timeline of Sonia Sotomayor's Life (So Far)
Worksheet
Timeline of Sonia Sotomayor's Life (So Far)
In Timeline of Sonia Sotomayor's Life (So Far), third and fourth graders reference a timeline of Sotomayor's life to answer questions about her life.
3rd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Early Cinema: Magic and Moving Pictures
Early Cinema: Magic and Moving Pictures
Workbook
Early Cinema: Magic and Moving Pictures
Learn about amazing works of early cinema with this reading and writing workbook. Pick up fun movie trivia as you complete puzzles, watch your fave movies, make film-inspired crafts, and more.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Charts, Graphs, and Diagrams in Nonfiction
Charts, Graphs, and Diagrams in Nonfiction
Worksheet
Charts, Graphs, and Diagrams in Nonfiction
This resource helps your EL students identify and explain charts, graphs, and diagrams.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Ada Lovelace Biography
Ada Lovelace Biography
Worksheet
Ada Lovelace Biography
Children read about Ada Lovelace, whose ideas are still used in computing today, in this biography worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Illustration Explanation
Illustration Explanation
Worksheet
Illustration Explanation
Use this exercise to teach your students to identify nouns and associated pronouns in captions. Then, challenge them to create captions for illustrations.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
History of Television
History of Television
Worksheet
History of Television
Ever wonder how the plasma TV came to be? Read a brief history of the television with this ode to inventors.
5th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Rebus Story
Rebus Story
Worksheet
Rebus Story
A rebus story is like a picture story! It's up to your little storyteller to fill in the blanks with the cut-out pictures on page 1.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Previewing Using Text Features
Previewing Using Text Features
Worksheet
Previewing Using Text Features
This worksheet guides second graders in previewing a text using the title, table of contents, and graphics.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Writing Headings
Writing Headings
Worksheet
Writing Headings
This worksheet teaches first graders how to write headings for informational texts.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Parts of an Apple
Parts of an Apple
Worksheet
Parts of an Apple
Here is a fresh and fruity way to learn a bit of life science. Sit down with your little one and teach them all the different parts of an apple!
2nd grade
Science
Worksheet

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.