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Lesson Plan: Text Features- Mammoth

Test Features - Mammoth

Subject:  ELA- Reading

Grade: 3

Lesson Objective: To read about and answer questions about mammoths

Common Core Standard: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.5- Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.




  • When you want to know more about something, what do you do?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • When you want to know more about something, you can ask questions.  You can also look for that information on the internet or in books.
  • There are many different places that you can look for information.  One of those places is called an encyclopedia.  Raise your hand if you have ever heard of or used an encyclopedia.
  • Encyclopedias can be found in libraries and they can also be found online.  Encyclopedias are books filled with information about many different topics.  You can look up information about different animals, plants, places and people.
  • When you are using a book encyclopedia, you have to know the first letter of the word you are looking for.  For example, if you want to know more about cats, you would look for the encyclopedia that has the “Cs” in it.  You would then open the book and find the word cat.  Under that word, there would be a few paragraphs telling you about cats.
  • When you are using an encyclopedia online, you can type into the search bar what you want to know more about.  For example, if I want to know more about cats, I would type “cats” into the search bar.
  • We are going to be reading an article about mammoth that comes from that the Encyclopedia Britannica.  Some of the words in the article are difficult, so I am going to read it to you and you will follow along.  (Read the article, pointing out how some words are underlined and if you clicked on them, they would open a new article.)
  • Now that we have read about mammoths, please answer the questions using the article to help you.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share their answers?  (Allow the students to share and go over the answers to the questions and what information the students used to answer them.)


Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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