One way to use more informational text in your classroom is with partner reading. You can have a selection of informational picture books set out along with sets of discussion cards. Students read the text and stop along the way to chat about the text using the discussion cards.
Sometimes I have the stop and chat spots already marked in the books but, sometimes I let the partners choose the spots to stop and talk about the text.
Freebie! Click on the image to download a free sample of these Reading Chat Cards. You’ll get 16 chat cards for informational text and 16 cards for literary text.