Since I posted Think About It Thursday on Wednesday in order for it to be ready for blog link-ups, I thought I'd put a new post together and link up with Andrea's Book Talk Thursday. I've been working to gather ideas and materials for the final days before testing. Most kids seem to struggle with nonfiction, so this post is going to focus on ideas for nonfiction texts.
In order to help students process nonfiction text, teachers can use think aloud to model how we pay attention to key features in nonfiction. Tanny McGregor in Genre Connections recommends launching nonfiction text studies with a concrete object. She used a plant seed package, and the teacher models how we look at the picture of the plant, the name, and the plant requirements lists on the package. As we look at the package, the plant may trigger memories of times we've seen the plant or even eaten the plant's produce. Other concrete objects I thought of was a box of cereal or food, a paint can, or board game.
One of my favorite nonfiction book comes from National Geographic. They have the BEST nonfiction options for so many topics kids just love. This books has all the nonfiction text features you want kids to see-excellent pictures, captions, sidebars, headings and subheadings, charts, diagrams, and maps. There are so many different types of frogs shown in this book, and the children. I've used this title with have just been amazed by the new information they've learned. Many chose to find other Frog books at the library after too. :-)
Just take a look at some of the pictures, and you'll probably agree. My favorite is the picture of the Goliath frog which is the size of a rabbit! Here are a few just to give you an idea how the book is organized and what the pictures look like.
To build excitement prior to reading, teachers might show this Youtube video from National Geographic. I think the pictures are just amazing, and I know my kids would love them.
In order to make learning about frogs lots of fun, here are a few frog themed freebies I liked.
Ideas that would work well with this freebie...
- Pretend you are this frog. What do you like to eat? What do you like to do? Where do you live? Who are your friends and enemies?
- Write about your favorite frog type and what you learned about it.
Tie in science concepts with these life cycle handouts. Great for interactive notebooks.
This freebie would be great to use with the book, Frogs as students read to record their learning.
Thanks for visiting today. For other book ideas, drop by Andrea's blog, Reading Toward the Stars and check out her archive.