Teaching Nonfiction Text Structures with Frogs!

Do your kids struggle with nonfiction text structures? The book, Frogs! by National Geographic is a great choice for teaching nonfiction text structures. Check out this post for teaching points and a lot more.

Do you know a kid who isn't interested in frogs? I honestly do not think I've met one, and what better way to draw a child into a tough lesson than with a book you KNOW they will love. Frogs! by National Geographic has the most amazing photos, and it's perfect for modeling nonfiction text structures.

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.  

National Geographic nonfiction books are some of my favorites. 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.

Frog Craft
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.

Frog Life Cycle in English-Tie in science concepts with these life cycle handouts. Great for interactive notebooks.


Frog Facts Review (FREE)-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, This Literacy Life and check out her archive. 

Until next time...happy reading and teaching!


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Do your kids struggle with nonfiction text structures? The book, Frogs! by National Geographic is a great choice for teaching nonfiction text structures. Check out this post for teaching points and a lot more.

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  1. I love National Geographic books too for the same facts that they include so much! I also love Tanny McGregor and her ideas for making reading real!

    What great ideas to use with the book and to get kids excited about frogs!

    Andrea
    Reading Toward the Stars

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    1. Thanks Andrea! I am really enjoying Genre Connections. She has such great ideas.

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