Reading informational text is huge this year due to the Common Core’s adoption by most states. Actually, nonfiction has always been part of our curriculum so aligning with it was easy. I created this ready to print worksheet that helps kids recognize features of nonfiction text. It’s a valuable tool that can be used year to year, with any type of nonfiction story, book or textbook.
We’ve subscribed to “Time for Kids”, “Scholastic” and “Weekly Reader” for many years. The articles are a perfect length, not too long or short, which means the kids won’t feel overwhelmed when they search for information to complete the sheet. Start using it at the beginning of the year and keep their sheets. As the year progresses, you’ll see how much better they are summarizing the articles and answering the important questions. At the end of the year, pass them back and have them compare the first sheets they completed, with those at the end of the year. You’ll hear some very interesting comments!