Thursday, January 10, 2019

What are Text Features?

Mrs. Yollis' class is learning about informational text







Informational text, or nonfiction writing, is based on facts, real events, and real people. There are many helpful text features found in nonfiction writing. Some common text features are:  headings, subheadings, captions, diagrams, time lines, maps, charts, table of contents, index, and the glossary.


Below is a humdinger of a video made by Sheriff Yollis and Sheriff Salsich. They hope their video helps you greenhorns learn about these important reading features!


Yee-haw!







Here it is on Vimeo if YouTube is blocked.



The Nonfiction Trail from Jonah Salsich on Vimeo.




In class, we used published informational texts as mentor texts.


Here are some headingsphotos, and captions.

Photo by Mrs. Yollis

Look closely. Here is a heading, a subheading, a map, a photo, and a caption

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

Here is a map with a key. I wonder what the red means? Check the key and it will unlock the meaning. 

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 


Wow! Text features are everywhere and you can sure learn a lot if you pay attention to them.

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 



What are your favorite text features and why?

(Headings, subheadings, captions, diagrams, time lines, maps, charts, table of contents, index, and the glossary.)




What are TWO facts that you learned from a mentor text explored in class? Be sure to tell us the text feature you used to learn the factual information! 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Family Blogging Month Winners!


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Congratulations Family Blogging Month Winners!

Photo by Mrs. Yollis
Each blogger received a free kid's meal to a local restaurant, a fabulous crown to wear, and a free choice post on Mrs. Yollis' Classroom Blog!

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Mrs. Yollis created the idea of Family Blogging Month back on April 1, 2010. The participation, the quality of the commenting, the interaction and learning that transpired via this classroom blog makes Mrs. Yollis beam with pride.



Not only are her students and their family members becoming superior writers, but they are also honing important digital skills like how to communicate and contribute online, how to limit personal information on the Internet, and how to develop a dynamic digital footprint. (To hone is a fancy verb that means to improve over time.)


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Mrs. Yollis would like to personally thank all the parents and family members for their constant support. Your participation is the key to your child's educational success!






What did you think of Family Blogging Month?

Who commented from your family?

Where did your family comment from? 


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