Information Texts Year 3 Homework

What is an information text?

An information text is a piece of non-fiction writing which gives information about a particular thing (for example: Cleopatra, Ancient Egypt, recycling or volcanoes). Information texts are sometimes called non-chronological reports, because they are giving information about something without mentioning the order in which it happened.

How are information texts taught in primary school?

Children will usually be asked to research something relevant to their learning, for example: if they are learning about the Victorians in history, they may be asked to research a certain area, such as child labour or Victorian funerals. They will look at various texts and discuss the features:

  • main title
  • sub-headings
  • bullet points
  • paragraphs
  • pictures and captions.

They will then make notes on their topic, possibly on a spider diagram.

Note-making is an important skill and it cannot be taken for granted that children automatically know how to do it! Teachers will model this skill, by reading a sentence shown on the board and then asking children to say which the most important words are. For example, they might show a paragraph like this:

If a Victorian woman lost her husband she was called a widow. The period of time after her husband's death was called mourning. She would wear black for two years while she was in full mourning. She would then spend a period of six months in half mourning, during which time she would wear grey or lavender clothes.

They might then model note-making in the following way:

Once children have written notes from various sources, they will write a draft of their information text. Teachers will support them in editing and re-writing this report, by encouraging them to use correct punctuation and sentences that make sense containing connectives.

Children then need to plan and write their 'neat' version. They need to think about the layout, of this, including the main title, what will be in each paragraph, whether there will be a bullet-pointed list and where the pictures and captions will go. Emphasis needs to be placed on designing the report so that the layout is clear and eye-catching.

Looking for more literacy information? We explain all primary non-fiction texts in our parents' guide.

3rd Grade CCSS: Reading: Informational Text

For third graders, this Common Core area helps students gain mastery of the deeper tasks involved in reading a non-fiction text. No matter what they are reading, the standards require students to increase the complexity in the texts they read and deepen their understanding of the connections within and between texts. Among the complete standards for this grade, third graders will be asked to: discuss key details in a text to demonstrate how they underpin the main idea, determine the main idea of a piece of informational text, understand the meaning of words that relate to the grade three subject area, use text features, key words, sidebars and hyperlinks to find information within a text, differentiate their point of view as a reader as separate from the author, distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text, use illustrations like maps and photographs to gain information that helps demonstrate understanding of the text’s meaning, compare and contrast key details in two texts on the same topic, read grade appropriate informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts which increase in complexity throughout the year.

20 Nonfiction Text Features Posters

Free, Printable nonfiction text features posters to use on your class bulletin board or as a handout or as a PowerPoint presentation. Includes 20 posters of the different text feature elements.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12, Kindergarten & 1st Grade
CCSS Code(s):
RI.1.5, RI.2.5, RI.3.5

3-D: It’s not Just For Movies

Week 26 Reading Comprehension (B-26). A passage about dimensional objects like cubes and pyramids. Cross-Curricular Focus: Mathematics.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.2.1, RI.2.6, RI.3.1, RI.3.6

Adapting to Survive

Week 10 Reading Comprehension (C-10). A passage about how living things have certain adaptations that allow them to survive. Cross-Curricular Focus: Life Science.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4

African American Inventors: Elijah McCoy

Comprehension is strengthend through practice. Here is a worksheet about Elijah McCoy for students to read and answer the questions.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.2.1, RI.3.1, RI.4.1

African American Inventors: George Washington Carver

Born into slavery, it was not until the end of the Civil War in 1865 that George became free. Students will read and answer questions based on George Washington Carver in this worksheet.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.2.1, RI.3.1, RI.4.1

African American Inventors: Granville T. Woods

Granville Woods died in 1910. He contributed much to the electrical world with his inventions, ideas, and devices. Students will read about his life and answer questions in this comprehension activity.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.4.1, RI.5.4

African American Inventors: Lewis Latimer

Students can learn about African American inventor Lewis Latimer with this worksheet. First, they will read an excerpt and then answer questions to test comprehension.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.4.1, RI.5.4

African American Inventors: Patricia Bath

Here is a reading activity for students to learn about Patricia Bath. Following the reading, students will answer a few questions to help comprehension.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.4.1

An Independent Nation

Week 35 Reading Comprehension (C-35). Reading segment about the time leading up to U.S. Independence. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.4.1

Cause & Effect

Week 8 Reading Comprehension (B-8). Reading comprehension passage about cause and effect. Cross-Curricular Focus: Reasoning Skills.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.2.1, RI.2.6, RI.3.1, RI.3.6

Cause and Effect: Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland

An excerpt from Alice in Wonderland is a great tool to help students understand cause and effect. Not only will they enjoy reading, but when you print out this activity they will also identify the cause and effect. Have tehm share with the class when yhey are finished!

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.3, RI4.5

Cause and Effect: Match Them!

Matching cause and effect make this worksheet a valuable resource for your students. Several examples are given. Your students will match each effect with the correct cause with this free printable worksheet.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.3, RI4.5

Classifying Triangles

Week 17 Reading Comprehension (C-17). Passage and questions about equilateral, isosceles, and scalene triangles. Cross-Curricular Focus: Mathematics.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.4

Color Shows Mood

Week 12 Reading Comprehension (B-12). A short passage and questions about how different colors affect us and mix together. Cross-Curricular Focus: Visual Arts.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.2.1, RI.2.6, RI.3.1, RI.3.6

Community Connections

Week 26 Reading Comprehension (C-26). A passage about our communities and the interactions we have with other people. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.2.1, RI.2.4, RI.3.1, RI.3.4

Competing for Resources

Week 13 Reading Comprehension (C-13). A reading passage that describes how plant and animals compete for limited resources. Cross-Curricular Focus: Life Science.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.4

Congruent Geometric Shapes

Week 27 Reading Comprehension (B-27). A short passage and related questions about shapes that are congruent. Cross-Curricular Focus: Mathematics.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.2.1, RI.2.6, RI.3.1, RI.3.6

Converting Energy to Motion

Week 2 Reading Comprehension (C-2). A passage and questions about how energy can be stored and converted. Cross-Curricular Focus: Physical Science.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4

Displaying Data

Week 23 Reading Comprehension (C-23). A reading segment describing the use of data to make graphs. Cross-Curricular Focus: Mathematics.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4

Elements and Atoms

Week 7 Reading Comprehension (C-7). Reading passage describing the relationship between elements and atoms. Cross-Curricular Focus: Physical Science.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4

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