July 16, 2013

Summer School (Text Structure Edition)

I (and the students) are still plugging away at summer school.  We have two weeks left, including this week, and then I get a small break before **actual** school starts up.  EEK....did I just type the words "actual school"......

Last week I began my blog series (I guess you can call it that) over interactive notebooks, where I showcased our word work section.  This week I am going to feature another component of our interactive notebooks---the text structure page!!

We all know how important informational text is with common core, so this year I planned my summer school instruction around non-fiction text.  To gain a deeper understanding of non-fiction text, the students studied  (and are currently studying) text structure.  The first week we read articles about description, this week we will read sequence and cause and effect; next week will bring compare and contrast and problem solution. 

As an introductory activity to text structure, my students used a foldable from Lovin Lit, which is pictured below.  This foldable is AMAZING...and is  currently on sale for $1.00 on TPT.  Great deal if you ask me!!  We used the text structure posters included in the TPT purchase to review the 5 types, and then cut, sorted and pasted our foldables into our notebooks.  Check out the pics below!



I love that these foldables name the 5 different text structure types, provide a kid-friendly definition AND a text map of each type.  The text map is perhaps my favorite part, because after we finish reading a story the students and I refer back to this foldable and discuss what text type was featured.  When we come to a consensus....we know which map we can use to better understand the text.  LOVE IT!

Again--I wish I could claim this foldable as my own---but Lovin' Lit made it...so click the pictures above to go to her TPT site.  Thanks Lovin' Lit!!

Katie

10 comments:

  1. Love that you are focusing on nonfiction - that's my passion right now!

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    1. Thanks for following! I will have to check out your blog :)

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  2. This is great. I already added it to my TpT wishlist. I am planning on more non-fiction next year too.
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    1. Awesome! I really liked using it with my kiddos :)

      Katie

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  3. I just purchased several of Erin's activities. I can't wait to use them this fall. Sara B

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  4. Aww thanks so much! I so appreciate that. You know, I have sold at least 4 of those today and when I saw the last one come up on my phone, I thought "Wow. What's up with the text structure today?" Hahahaha… so thanks so much! I've been out of sorts today with some kind of virus (yuk!) and this has definitely helped to cheer me up.
    :) Erin

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    1. Erin...you are very welcome!! I hope you feel better soon, and thanks again for the awesome product you made!!

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  5. Great idea! Thanks for sharing. Hope you can get in a good break before "actual school" starts! Hee hee!

    Crystal

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