Well, it is the beginning of the 2nd 6 weeks and we are starting our Non-Fiction Unit with our kids. We will teach all of our Non-Fiction TEKS in the next 6 weeks. I was going through pulling all of my resources and realized that I haven’t shared them on my blog yet (nor have I blogged in…well what seems like forever!) I guess you could say it has been a busy year thus far! I am excited to get started on Non-Fiction…so here we go!
I always start off by teaching the differences between Fiction and Non-Fiction. (I find this ties well into Text Features which comes next.) We usually use a Venn Diagram and compare two books–such as Goldilock and the Three Bears (simple, I know) and a Non-Fiction book about bears. The kids enjoy seeing the differences between the two books. This can be done with any books about animals though…just a fiction and non-fiction book! I am also going to use this in a station this year. The students sort different titles of fiction and non-fiction books and glue them under the appropriate category!
I also created a fun text feature game for the kids! It can be found on a previous blog of mine–feel free to download it! 🙂
We also do some scavenger hunts throughout the 6 weeks on text features. We usually have the students look through our set os Time Magazine for Kids. We use this Task Card for the scavenger hunt, the kids do a great job with it! (Just make sure you have plenty of sticky notes!) 🙂
Here is another good scavenger hunt card to use! You do not need sticky notes, just have the kids make tallies!
I also have my students respond many times using magazines and non-fiction books! Here are a couple of the responses I use!