High Interest with a Side of Text Features

I was recently talking with our 4th grade AIG teacher about how to add more nonfiction text use and also to do something that would really interest the kids. We ended up deciding to try letting the students choose a topic and create a layout of information about the topic using nonfiction text features. I pulled several books on topics I thought might interest them and all but one student chose from those. The one student wanted something else so we let him choose from the shelf since he had a topic in mind. The topics I pulled ranged from Ancient Rome to Secret Agents to Titanic to Daytona 500. The kids seemed really excited about the project and came up with some really nice final projects. They could choose to do a one page poster, or a bi-fold or tri-fold brochure type paper. I used post-it notes to cover last names if they were on the paper for student safety. Here are some of the final pieces. (You can click on any picture to see it larger.)

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2 thoughts on “High Interest with a Side of Text Features

  1. kate January 28, 2013 at 11:55 AM Reply

    How long does a project like this take?

    • Holly DuBois January 28, 2013 at 3:48 PM Reply

      I think we did research for two days and then they had two days in the classroom to complete the brochures.

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