Ranger Rick by National Wildlife Federation

Theme: Nonfiction Read Alouds

Strategy: Author’s Purpose

Recommended Grades: 3-6th grade

Ok, so technically, Ranger Rick magazine is not a picture book, but it provides short text (and lots of photographs!) that can easily be used in the classroom to model nonfiction text features or in this case author’s purpose.

Lesson Idea: Choose the type of text you want to model. Ranger Rick offers sets of directions when they showcase crafts, jokes and riddles, and short informative news articles using various text structures.  Read aloud (or post on an overhead or ELMO device) and discuss with students how author’s write differently for different purposes.  Authors typically write for three different purposes: to entertain, persuade, or inform.  Download the Determining the Author’s Purpose graphic organizer.  Model for students how to determine different purposes for writing.  When students have had plenty of practice determining the author’s purpose of various texts with you or a partner, have them use the graphic organizer to locate features on their own.

Content Connections: Ranger Rick is a great resource to use when teaching science.

©2010 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

One thought on “Ranger Rick by National Wildlife Federation

  1. Libby Schleichert November 9, 2010 / 7:40 AM

    Thanks so much for this lovely blog post and for putting our magazine on center stage! We on the staff of Ranger Rick work hard to create the best magazine we can, and we really appreciate it when people recognize our efforts, as you have here.

    Many thanks and all best wishes,
    Libby Schleichert, Sr. Editor
    Ranger Rick Magazine
    National Wildlife Federation
    Reston, Virginia

    Check us out on the Web, where you can find a free, downloadable educators’ guide to accompany each issue of our magazine: http://www.nwf.org/rangerrick.

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