1. I waited a good long while to really dive into non fiction where I was actually explicitly using it to teach because I wanted my little friends to get a firm grasp on reading in general before really analyzing what we were reading. To introduce non fiction, I just grabbed a few books that we had been reading and used them to discuss the differences between the two types of books. I then had my students explore the non fiction text themselves.
3. One thing I've been loving about non fiction is that I can expose my struggling readers to some on level text and get them to interact with such text with my assistance. We have been busy learning lots about non fiction:
Literacy Center- Sorting mini passages under fiction or non fiction.
Comparing and Contrasting fiction vs non fiction text.
Ready to Retell! Journals- reading text, finding key details and answering questions.
Identifying the main topic and key details of text.
Comparing & Contrasting two non fiction text on the same topic.
Connecting the Dots between key details in a text.
4. After going over non fiction text features, we added post it labels to non fiction books, identifying the features with actual text. We did this together first, using the posters as our reference guide. My students seem to love everything about non fiction text features now!
You can check out all these and a ton more in my Knowledgeable about Non Fiction pack here! (The entire pack is aligned to all K/1 CCSS for Informational Text.)
5. Freebie time! I wanted my students to keep a log of books they've been reading in our room, so I created this book log as a way to track fiction and non fiction books. My students are adding their titles of their non fiction and fiction books to this log and then after they have a few listed, they choose one title from each side (fiction/non fiction) and explain why they would recommend the book to someone else.
My one issue with this is that it is VERY time consuming for my little friends to even just copy the title of a book, so for my Kinder-friends, I resorted to writing the titles for them to save some of our precious time together! I hope as they continue to advance throughout the year the process will take less time. You can grab this freebie here!
Oh and one more thing....it was our blogiversary this week (yay!!!)- so please come back on Sunday to check out our amazing giveaway!
Thanks TBA and Doodlebugs for hosting, as always!
Have a great weekend!