Text Features: Engaging Activities

In order for students to have a comprehensive understanding of nonfiction text features, they must not only be able to identify the different text features, but they also be able to understand the purpose behind the text features and how to best include a variety of text features in their own writing! Below you will find a huge variety of text feature activities that could help you differentiate your instruction, whether you are working with students who need a basic introduction to text features, or if you are looking for ways to challenge your advanced learners.

Text Feature Anchor Chart Examples
Free text feature slideshow - introduces 18 different text features
Free Text Feature Chart for student reference

Text Feature Class Book or Individual Books
Text Feature Scavenger Hunt Ideas
36 text feature questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy - higher order thinking questions
Low prep text feature activity
Integrate writing while teaching text features
3 ways to incorporate technology while teaching text features

The text feature links above provide free ideas, activities, and printables you can use when teaching text features to your elementary students. The activities included will work best for 3rd grade and 4th grade, although many of the activities could be adapted to reach younger or older students.

The activities above address the following Common Core Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.5
Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.7
Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.7
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

Many of the activities mentioned above are available at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. If you like the activities but don’t want all the prep, check out my Text Feature Bundle. It includes reading passages, graphic organizers, writing integration activities, cut and paste activities, task cards, and more!