I have spent the past week working on Informational Text Structures with my 5th graders. I was shocked to discover that this was almost an entirely new concept for them, so we did several fun little activities to solidify the concept. This week, they are working on their cumulative project, creating a mini-magazine about a topic of their choice with all the text structures present and a whole myriad of different text features, too. I can’t wait to see their final products!
We began the unit by doing a carousel activity. All of my students KNOW what each of the structures means because we spend a lot of time reviewing the concepts during reading. I had them brainstorm five different topics that they could write information about. Then, they divided up a piece of chart paper into a section for each of the types of structures. They got to work writing short sentences that fit the specified type of structure. (At this point, I didn’t even use the term “structure.” I just told them to write an informative sentence that shows each relationship.) They did a GREAT job with this! It would also be a great assessment or mid-unit activity.
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Throughout the rest of the week, we completed an individual lesson and foldable from the Interactive Notebooks each day. Erin from I’m Lovin Lit has included separate paragraphs and lessons for each different structure which helped to solidify understanding of each of them.