The Best for the Best Blog Hop!

Thanks for hopping on over =) ....We are joining Amy from Teaching Blue Jeans and 106 other amazing bloggers for the Best for the Best Teacher appreciation Blog Hop!
Our Best for the Best is a little throwback to one of our first posts. Our Non-Fiction Text Feature Unit was one of our favorite activities from this past school year, and it also just happens to be our best selling products on TPT!  We thought it would be fun to rewind back to November and share with everyone how we incorporate this unit in our classrooms. 
I know Nonfiction Text features does not sound like the most exciting topic, but I kid you not, my Firsties LOVED doing these activities.
I kicked the week off by taking out a boat load of nonfiction books.  My students were then given free range to browse through the books.  I introduced each feature by using the anchor charts in the unit. Following this, we dissected texts and identified the various nonfiction text features.  The following day, students were given a SUPER cool magnifying glass, along with a reader and together we went on a nonfiction text feature scavenger hunt.
When I felt my students had an understand of text features I broke them up into cooperative learning groups.  Together, as a group, they had to define each text feature. Following this, they were told they would be making a poster to present their knowledge the class.  They took this assignment VERY seriously, and got straight to work.   
All contributing and engaged.. A..MAZ..ING
Not going to lie, they were ecstatic when they were told they were going to be able to make a poster. Prior to the creating, students were given a rubric so they knew what was expected of them. Students knew that each poster had to include the 6 text features that were taught throughout the week, and that they would present their posters to the class.  
After 3 days of cutting, gluing, coloring, glittering their master pieces were complete.

DISCLAIMER:  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 that first grade touch.
Below is the freebie to help students define each text feature before making their posters.  
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