3rd - 5th Grade Nonfiction Suite

In grades 3-5, students are asked to both determine the main idea of a nonfiction text and explain how that main idea is supported by key details. Students must be able to effectively recount and summarize the text. In addition, readers must determine the importance of text structure and text features. Students are expected to compare and contrast information for multiple texts and integrate information to deepen their understanding of a topic.

The 3-5 grade nonfiction menu is comprised of 19 formative tasks that evolve through grade level standards and are aligned to the following nonfiction learning targets:

Key Ideas and Details

  • I can determine the main topic, main idea(s), and key details of a nonfiction text.
  • I can write a nonfiction summary.

Craft and Structure

  • I can use text features to determine importance.
  • I can use text structure to determine importance.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

  • I can compare and contrast key information, features, and structures of two or more nonfiction texts to analyze decisions authors make.
  • I can integrate information from two or more related texts to better understand a topic.
  • I can speak and write knowledgeably about a subject using what I learned from text(s) and resources.

The Family Resource Guide (which also comes in Spanish) supports families who are coaching students at home. Each formative task has a family resource page that includes:

  • Learning targets
  • Essential question(s)
  • Task success criteria
  • Identified strategies
  • Examples and exemplars

Mentor text lesson plans are provided including guiding questions and prompts based on grade-level standards. The eToolkit uses mentor texts to launch and teach the formative tasks. Exemplars have been created by our teacher design team and formative assessment experts for each task.

All tasks have been designed to be Google Suite (Slides, Docs) and Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint).

Along with the grade level specific tasks, this suite also includes The EmpowerED Learner eToolkit Field Guide Bundle which includes:

  • Comprehensive nonfiction field guide ebook explaining how to use the resources and why they work
  • Slide decks with strategies for core learning, literacy, gradual release of control, well-being, self-assessment, and goal setting
  • Goal setting checklist for students
  • Weekly schedule template with subject/activity icons to help students visually align the task with expectations
  • Blank documents and slide templates to expand and personalize your collection of tasks


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