Fletcher Fourth Graders Use Scavenger Hunt to Discover More About Non-Fiction Features

Fletcher Fourth Graders Use Scavenger Hunt to Discover More About Non-Fiction Features
Fletcher Elementary School fourth graders in Andrea Marsh’s class held a “scavenger hunt” to learn more about non-fiction features (graphs, charts, captions, bold/italicized print) by going through old magazines. Students searched for examples, cut them out, and glued the examples on a chart under the correct category. Mrs. Marsh created the scavenger hunt as an extension activity for her class’ English Language Arts (ELA) unit.

The fourth graders are currently learning about non-fiction features and identifying them in the book they are reading, The Iroquois, as well as being able to explain what the point of the features are, and how they help students understand what they are reading. In fourth grade, reading informational texts is a major focus of ELA. By learning to identify these features early in the school year, it provides a foundation for students’ later work. They also use informational texts throughout the year to learn how to write informational paragraphs including: creating an ad for a job, writing about Native American longhouses, or crafting a public service announcement.

“Providing students with hands-on activities like this allows them to see the nonfiction features in many different ways instead of just reading a book,” said Mrs. Marsh. “Nonfiction is out of many student’s comfort level and this is a great way to make them comfortable getting to know nonfiction while also holding them accountable for their work.”




posted on 10/14/2015 - filed under: Academics, Common Core, Elementary School, Spotlight, Students, teachers