Nonfiction Text Features Assessment Freebie & Random Pics

Surprise! I have another…

Yesterday was Weston’s birthday.  He was spoiled with new treats and toys.  See the box on the right? It’s doggie ice cream! He was in l-o-v-e!  
I also worked on a new product yesterday…
I am SO excited about this one!  It is a science series called Science Learning Labs. Each pack will contain a quick, fun experiment and integrate lots of Common Core writing activities and coordinating close reading passages for a complete learning experience! It is turning out so cute and I can’t wait to share it with you!  It’s almost finished. 
Alright, let’s get to some school-related things!  Last week, we spent a lot of time reviewing and revisiting nonfiction text features.  We used our Google Nexus tablets in our guided reading groups.   As we read a variety of nonfiction books on the tablet, we went on a Nonfiction Text Feature scavenger hunt.  When we found a feature, we recorded the page number from the book.  We then discussed not only what the feature was but how it helped provide us with information from the text.  

We used Swimming Into Second’s scavenger hunt freebie page. You can find it on her blog by clicking HERE.
Our grade level switched to Standard’s Based Report Cards this year.  With that, comes the idea of giving students multiple opportunities to show mastery of a skill.  This week, my kids will be checked on their ability to identify and use nonfiction text features from a book.  We are using this little checklist during our guided reading groups.  It is fast, easy, and doesn’t use a lot of paper or take up a bunch of time! 🙂  Students who master the features in the first try are good to go.  Students who need additional time to master the features will be checked again after additional practice.  
You can download this assessment checklist from Google Docs by clicking HERE or clicking the picture below. 
 Warning: This assessment checklist is not fancy or “cute!” It is even in…(GASP)…Comic Sans font! I know, what?!  It is called “make it simple, keep it simple.”  🙂  The kids will write their answers on whiteboards during small groups and I will simply check off the features they can identify and explain. Easy-cheesy-lemon-squeezy. 🙂
I hope you all have a wonderful day!  I am going to enjoy my snow day with another cup of coffee, the Olympics, and a good book! 

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