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Informational Reading: Learning from Text Features - Second Grade Lesson Plan

written by: Patricia Gable • edited by: Tricia Goss • updated: 2/18/2015

Great information can be garnered by getting in the habit of reading all of the text features in books, magazines and newspapers. Starting to build these habits in the early grades is essential for student success in reading informational material.

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    Grade 2 Informational Reading Lesson Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently. LA2-RI-5


    • Newspapers, one for each group of two, three or four students (do not need to be identical newspapers)
    • 12"x18" pieces of construction paper, any color
    • Scissors and glue sticks
    • Paper and pencils

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    The objective of understanding and using text features in informational material should be addressed throughout the year whenever you have a teachable moment. Most likely, you have textbooks in science or social studies that have an abundance of text features. Other sources can be found in weekly newspapers or nonfiction books in the classroom or library. Making students aware of the features can only enhance the learning. Here is a fun way to highlight these text features.

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    Day One

    Place students in groups of two, three or four. Give each group a newspaper, construction paper, scissors and glue sticks. The assignment is to find the following text features, cut them out and glue them to the construction paper:

    • Table of contents
    • Chart or graph
    • Map
    • Photo with caption
    • Bold print heading
    • Sub heading (helps to know what a section is about)
    • Label
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    Day Two

    Place students in the same groups. Using the text features they compiled yesterday, the assignment is to write five questions based on the information they cut out.

    When completed, each group should trade materials and questions with another group. That group will answer the questions using the text features.

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    Additional Practice

    Use the printable worksheets as seatwork, assessment or homework.

    Text Features: Glossary Worksheet

    Text Features: Index Worksheet

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