Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thursday Throw Down: Nonfiction Scavenger Hunt

I'm linking up for the first time with Erin from I'm Lovin' Lit for her Thursday Throw Down! I love the idea of trying to make lessons more interactive and engaging. I've been trying to incorporate interactive notebooks this year and get the kids up and moving whenever possible!

Today, we started our nonfiction Readers Workshop unit. To get things started students took a survey over all the "I Can" statements we will cover in nonfiction. They had to rank the statements on a scale of 1 - 4. "1" being I've never heard of this before and "4" being I could teach this to someone else. The handout below was created by an awesome co-worker! Click the image to grab your own copy.

 After previewing our reading unit, we went on a scavenger hunt! Kids were grouped in partners and had to use the text features around my room to create an example and how it helps readers decide what's important. I gave them the text feature and then they had to fill in the rest on their notes sheet.
My note sheet is a little different than the one above but I found this sheet online (after mine had already been copied). This handout from Really Good Stuff that allows for a scavenger "hunt" type lesson plus it could be copied front to back for my larger writers. Click the image for a link to this handout plus text feature posters!

 After we went over the directions and were partnered up, teams set off around the room to find examples and then explain how text features help readers determine what's important. Here are some of my posters -- most were from the teacher's edition of National Geographic Pathfinder magazine. A few others are from Scholastic News. Best of all -- they were free and I already had lots of them from all the years of magazine subscriptions!
How do you get your students interacting with texts?



  1. This is a great idea. I'm always looking for more ways to make learning about the text features fun. Thanks for sharing what you do!

  2. Love the handout! We go over those all the time in Read 180, but having them printed up in their notebooks will be great!

  3. I love the idea of the kids pre-assessing themselves. Awesome! And scavenger hunts are ALWAYS fun!
    :) Erin
    I'm Lovin Lit

  4. I love your I CAN pre and post chart - but when I tried to print it Dropbox said it had been removed. Could you possibly send it to me?
    Thank you!

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