Saturday, March 3, 2012

Nonfiction Text Features

We have been connecting creatures from Eric Carle's books to nonfiction texts.  I can see a huge increase in the interest of nonfiction books. A few students are starting to write about nonfiction topics at writing time.  I saw so many great nonfiction convention charts on Pinterest that I was inspired to create an anchor chart and have the students make little non-fiction convention books! You can find a small kindergarten version and  a bigger version below. I decided that for the little k book I would write the definition and I focused on six features.  The bigger book has more features and space for the student to write the definition. I zoomed in on a feature over a few days.  Now, when we are reading nonfiction books we refer to the chart to reinforce the feature we learned about and why it is helpful.    You can find the download to the books and the chart below. Looking back, I will probably start this chart in the fall and focus on a feature once a week. Next week we plan to create a venn diagram comparing fiction and nonfiction.
The finished Anchor Chart
Below are student samples
Labeling a butterfly
Close up of an eye ball
I printed nonfiction photo's and had them cut and glue them in
This word says SEED. We had looked at a nonfiction book that had  highlighted all of the titles
It was tricky to find many examples of comparisons but we talked about how this would look. This picture is an ant next to an orange.
Another example of types of print
We read the story Me on a Map and I encouraged student to make a map of the classroom or their bedroom.

This is the cover of the book and table of contents
I focused on the following six features for kindergarten
labels and photographs
Maps and Close-ups 
Types of Prints and Comparisons

This book has Table of Contents, Index, Glossary and Captions.

For Anchor Class Chart






Table of Contents

Types of Print
for glossary and index I cut and pasted images from real books and a photo copied

The Inspiration came from this beautiful chart on Pinterest! 


Lynola said...

I love your blog!
You said it was hard to find books that use comparisons. I have a farm set (chickens, sheep, cows, pigs) by Hannah Ray that compares each animal to the size of a six-year-old child. I also like Biggest, Strongest, Fastest by Jenkins; it compares animals to people or other familiar things. Hope that helps!

Tammy said...

This all looks great!
❀ Tammy
Forever in First

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Kimran said...

LOVE these, especially the anchor chart pieces! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to work on these!

Marlana said...

I LOVE this post! Thank you so much for sharing! I can't wait to do some of this with my kiddos. I especially love the anchor chart. :)

Lil' Country Kindergarten

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Arianne said...

This is awesome! I love it - I can't wait to print and put together. Thanks for sharing!

Ketchen's Kindergarten

Melissa Stewart said...

Other great books for comparison are If You Could Hop Like a Frog by David Schwartz and Actual Size by Steve Jenkins.

Mrs. Clancy said...

Thanks for so many great comments!! I am so glad that they will be used in classrooms!!

Mrs. Clancy said...

Thanks for the great book suggestions too!

KRISTA said...

This looks fabulous! I want to use this in my classroom. I am a new follower.


Sue Heavenrich said...

Thanks for posting this. Awesome blog!

Kirsten Larson said...

I just found your blog via Melissa Stewart. What a wonderful way to help children delve into nonfiction. I'm following!

simplyscience said...

This is the best explanation I've seen for including nonfiction in reading. Thanks for such a great post.

Meghan said...

Wow! I just found your anchor chart for non-fiction text features on pinterest... and said to my husband, "I LOVE Pinterest!!!" This is SO awesome and I can't wait to use these downloads in my instruction for my second graders. These visuals are awesome!!! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful work. I am inspired!

Mrs. Clancy said...

Hi Meghan, I am so glad you can use them!! I love Pinterest too!!! Have a great day Melissa

Anonymous said...

I love your text features!! I am having problems downloading from Scribed. Would it be possible to email me the document? I can use this with my 3rd graders!!

Tara said...

Hi Melissa,
I just came across your blog through Pinterest:) I LOVE your text features book. I would love a copy...I don't do Facebook so wasn't able to download it:/ Could you possibly email me a copy?

Thanks so much!!
4th Grade Frolics

Anonymous said...

Hi Melissa,
I couldn't seem to download it...could you send me a copy at please? I love it so much and would like to use it with my first graders!

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Melissa, I am a new teacher and am getting so many wonderful ideas from your blog, so thank you thank you thank you!! I love your non-fiction anchor chart and text features book, but the link to download them isn't working. Would you mind sending them to me via email? Thanks so much!

Rachel said...

Found your blog and anchor chart through Pinterest! Could you email me the posters for the anchor chart?

Many thanks,


Anonymous said...

Hi Melissa,

I LOVE your non fiction text feature signs. I am trying to download them but am having a lot of trouble. Can you email them to me?

Thanks. Can't wait to start following you!

Maria said...

I love these nonfiction charts! I am trying to download them, but am having trouble. I'd love to use them with my students and was wondering if you could possibly e-mail them to me. Thank you so much!

Julie Capps said...

I love these nonfiction charts but can't download them Would you mind emailing them to me?
Thanks a million!

venus said...

I am starting to work on nonfiction and wanted to know if you would email your nonfiction text features. Yes, it's a bit much but so on point. Loved it when I saw it and each section cannot be printed due to me not having scribd membership.

Thank You So Much!

Miss. Checki said...

I just LOVE LOVE LOVE these charts! Scribd is giving me hard time to download.o Could you please me email me the files to

heather said...

Can you email these to me as well? Your web site is a treasure trove of ideas! Thank YOU!!

Mrs. Clancy said...

Heather, I will try to send them to you but you can go to downloads (front of my blog) and download from Google Docs! Thanks for the wonderful compliment! Melissa

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Anonymous said...

Love this as well, but cannot find it in Google docs.

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