Sunday, November 3, 2013

People We Should Know Series and Peek at My Week {Must Read Mentor Text}

Good Sunday Morning! I hope you enjoyed your extra hour of sleep. It was much needed in our house! 

I'm linking up with Collaboration Cuties for their Must Read Mentor Text linky. 

We're going to be working on identifying and using nonfiction text features this week. I headed to the library yesterday in search of books and came across one I'd used a few years ago, but had forgotten about it. 

Barack Obama just happens to be one of many books in a series called People We Should Know. You can click here to see a list of some other titles in the series. 

This book is packed with text features for students to explore. 

We'll be using the Nonfiction Test Features Discovery Chart from The Unique Classroom to record our findings. 

This is a nonfiction text that has a lot of great, interesting information but isn't as long as some others. Students can usually read this with a partner in a couple of sittings, giving them plenty of time for other activities. 

Speaking of other activities, I wanted to share what else we've got going on this week with text features, so I'm linking up with Mrs. Laffin's Laughings for A Peek at my Week linky.

Interactive Notebooks
We'll be adding note sheets from The Shabby Chic teacher to our interactive notebooks. (Look under Units of Study.) I just reduced the sheets a little when I ran them through the copier so they would fit right in our notebooks. 

I also printed out the full size pages in color, laminated them and put magnets on the back to use on the chalkboard this week during our mini-lessons. 


I bought this great memory matching game from Kelly Clark to use for practicing text features. 

We are also going to be using a spiders worksheet from an ancient Mailbox Bookbag magazine. The sheet has some great diagrams and facts that are really helpful for my kiddos. 


We are sorting nouns and verbs using this Football Noun and Verb Sort from my TPT Store

The best part of the week - No School on Tuesday!!! Our district is always out on Election Day and I have a day of relaxing and crafting planned!! 

What are you up to this week?


  1. The book looks great for nonfiction text features! Thank you for sharing some great resources as well. I will certainly check those out.

    Have a great week!

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  2. Wow, lots of fun resources you shared! Thank you so much for including the links. I definitely have marked all of them on my to buy list!! We just started a unit on Non-fiction text features with our first non-fiction story in our anthology. I seriously can't wait to try these out!



  3. This book looks like it has GREAT nonfiction text features! I'm not sure if I've seen this series or not, but they look like they'd be great mentor texts! Thanks so much for linking up!

    Have a great week!
    Collaboration Cuties

  4. Perfect for non-fiction text features! I hope our library has this series! Thanks for sharing all your resources you've found!
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