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2nd Grade Nonfiction Text Features

The Second Grade classrooms meet student curiosity about ocean animals with an exciting research project that spans several weeks. In the library, we have supported this experience by enjoying learning apps on the iPads, exploring ways to navigate the library to find nonfiction materials, and how to use a nonfiction book for research.

Most recently, we explored nonfiction text features. These include:

  • Table of Contents
  • Glossary
  • Index
  • Key Words
  • Photographs
  • Illustrations
  • Maps
  • Text Box
  • Caption
  • Title Page
  • and more!
Second grade students are comfortable with nonfiction texts at this stage in the year, as so much of their ocean animal research is based on learning how to use these features for note-taking. We bridged this classroom experience with a holiday theme: Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. 
We pulled several nonfiction texts that explain these holidays in great detail. Each partnership paged through their book to see just how many features were used. The students also reviewed note-taking, and took two notes from the book on a topic of their interest.
This week, second grade students will take their notes and transcribe them into Drawing Pad to present their findings. We will also discuss the features they found, why these features matter, and which ones were most/least consistent through all the books.
Below are some photos taken during the note-taking phase. Check back after the break for photos of students transcribing their work onto the iPad!