Non-Fiction Text Features and a Freebie

Ohhhh November...I truly do love November, the weather is beautiful and we have TWO mini breaks from school, but at the same time, it is by far the most hectic month. With report cards, SGO's (if you live anywhere besides NJ they are called SLO's, but still as equally exhausting), and parent teacher conferences, it couldn't possible be more overwhelming.  To tell you the truth, I'd rather skip over November and say hello to December...lets be real, who doesn't love December?

Last week, NJ schools had a 3 day week, woohoo!  Instead of starting a new unit in our reading series, we focused on Non-Fiction Text features. I know, you're probably thinking "sounds like a snooze fest," but you are completely wrong.  My firsties absolutely L.O.V.E.D. every part of this unit.  

I kicked the week off by taking out a boat load of non-fiction texts and allowed my students to browse through them.  Using the posters in our unit, we dissected the various text features.  The following day, students were given a super cool magnifying glass, along with a decodable reader and went on a text feature scavenger hunt.
The following day, my firsties broke up into groups and defined each text feature, along with creating a rough draft for their final project.  They really got into it, I've actually never seen them work so well together.
All contributing and engaged....a-maz-ing

The most exciting part to them was the assessment.  Yes, you heard me right, they actually enjoyed the ASSESSMENT.  They were ecstatic about applying everything they learned.

Students worked in groups to create a poster which included all the non-fiction text features.  I couldn't be prouder of them, their posters came out amazing! Below are a few more pictures, a freebie and the TPT link to our Non-Fiction Text Features Unit.

Some of our final products.

Side note:  if you give First Graders free range of stickers, glitter and font choices the end product is inevitably going to be a tad tacky, but I love it even more because of it. =)

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