Text Feature Surgery with Weathering and Erosion

weathering and erosion activities

There are so many fun text feature surgeries out there, but I needed something appropriate for the second grade standard.  I created this last year for my students to work on knowing and using various text features to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.  I wanted them to be able to explain how each text feature provided them with the information to better understand the text.  Weathering and erosion fell during this time on our pacing guide, so I incorporated those social studies standards into the unit.  (I will work on a separate resource that can be used with any text.)


weathering and erosion activities

Here is a peek at the focus board.  I kept our text features posters up and added this new text features anchor chart that we can use throughout the week.

weathering and erosion activities

As always, my lesson plans include a mini lesson, text dependent questions, daily task, partner talk, and an exit ticket.  Our anchor text for the week was Weathering and Erosion.  

weathering and erosion activities

weathering and erosion activities

I began the week by telling students that they were now surgical residents at Text Feature Medical School.  They would be working throughout the week to become surgeons on Friday.  Below is the poster I displayed in our PowerPoint and in the room.  They were beyond excited!

weathering and erosion activities

I have changed up the way I did the activities from last year.  I learned that my students needed more time with text features before getting to the surgery.  I made another unit that should be completed the week prior, which you can find HERE

weathering and erosion activities

The first day's daily task is a text feature BINGO.  This is a great review of the text features!  After you read the text, you will go back through the text with students playing BINGO as you display the pages for them to see.  I made three different game boards.  These would be great to laminate and put in a center the following week for continued practice with any text.

weathering and erosion activities

I also learned last year that students need lots of practice finding, identifying, and explaining the information provided by the text feature.  That's what they will do for three days with different parts of the text through these scavenger hunts.  This book is great for providing lots of exposure to different text features.

weathering and erosion activities

By Friday, your students should now be ready for the big day!  I included these hospital posters that you can hang around your room for a room transformation.  I put blue bulletin board paper on the tables, along with surgical masks and gloves.  It was the easiest room transformation and free!  The masks and gloves were donated.

weathering and erosion activities

weathering and erosion activities

Students will be given a passage.  Their goal is to help their patient who is in need of text feature transplants.  They will find a text feature, remove it from the passage, and transplant it onto their patient to help them become a better reader.  After the surgery, they will complete post op reports in which they have to name the text feature and the information provided by the text feature.

Our social studies adoption was the Social Studies Weekly passages.  We used those for the surgery, but I know that not everyone has access to those.  I included a passage with text features in the resource for your students that you can print.


weathering and erosion activities

weathering and erosion activities

weathering and erosion activities

The patient is printed on two sheets of paper so that it's really large.  I used the 12x18 construction paper to attach them to.  Each student was given four post op reports to complete.  I went ahead and put all of this together beforehand.  The surgery takes a while, and I didn't want to waste time having them glue everything together.  Everything was ready to go when they came in that morning.  I just had them read to self when they first walked in before I started my lesson.  Once the surgery started, I played a YouTube video that sounded like a heart monitor for added sound effects.

weathering and erosion activities

I also include a mentor sentence to incorporate your language for the week.


weathering and erosion activities

As always, there is a digital version of this resource that is great for your distance learners or just to use in your classroom as your lesson guide.  These Google Slides TM are a great way to increase engagement with remote learners with virtual text feature surgery!

weathering and erosion activities
There are five days of lessons.  Each day has an agenda, video, learning goal, success criteria, vocabulary, read aloud, independent task, exit ticket, wrap up, and self-assessment.  The slides are editable and students can respond and send assignments back to you for feedback.


weathering and erosion activities

weathering and erosion activities

weathering and erosion activities


You can click on any of the images above or below to check out these resources for your classroom!  I hope your students love learning about text features as much as mine did!!!

weathering and erosion activities

weathering and erosion activities

weathering and erosion activities

weathering and erosion activities

















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