Thursday Throwdown ~ Text Features

I love Thursday Throwndown at I'm Lovin' Lit because I am always on the hunt for interactive teaching ideas for my special needs students who crave it!

My small contribution this week has to do with text features.  We are in the countdown towards our state reading testing.  So I am focusing on skills that the students performed poorly on in the last county benchmark assessment.  First up is text features.

As the students entered my room, they were given a sticky note with a text feature word on it.  They were told to match it up to something in the room.  (Sorry I forgot to take a picture of this one...)

Then we went through some basic notes using a powerpoint.

After the notes, we checked our sticky notes by comparing them to our notes.  Which ones were right?  Which ones were wrong?  Could we move the wrong ones to better spots?

Then I displayed an article on the whiteboard and handed out magnets.  Students came up and labeled the text features.  Of course we checked them against our notes to see if we were right.  And sometimes we even had to vote to decide!  

It was a great activity with lots of interactive movement so my kids were definitely engaged.  

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  1. I love the magnet idea! THis is where having a magnetic whiteboard really comes in handy. Ours aren't magnetic.. so jealous!
    Thanks for linking up!
    :) Erin

  2. This is a super interactive lesson! I especially love how all of the magnets are different colors for the different text features. For sure pinning this idea!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. I love this lesson! Where can I find those FABULOUS magnets?

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    1. I actually made all the magnets using colored cardstock and little magnets that I bought at the home improvement store or maybe Target and stuck on the back. :)


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