Here's where I started. First of all, this is not the first time we've read or talked about nonfiction. We've been doing it all year, but this is the first time I've really focused in on the text features.
I made this poster last year. I printed parts from a book from readinga-z. I highlighted them and put this little poster together. Side Note: later in the year, the kids get their own little nonfiction text features booklets where they look for those features and write about them.
I hope to make one using images I can share, but I can't share these ones. As a class, we went through these text features. They were given nonfiction books to look through.
As I introduced each feature, they would look for it in their books. Since my poster doesn't have a diagram, I referred to this one from Easter. In reading groups, each group was given a nonfiction book. Then we read through the books, practicing pulling important information out.
We practiced using the Table of Contents and glossary and they were asked why these things are helpful. Here's where I had some moments where I wish I would've done things differently.
This blog is a safe, nonjudgemental place right? I can trust you all with my shameful mistakes, right? They are the perfect level for first graders. We read through the book first. Then I introduced this chart: We went back and reread the book, adding sticky notes to each section.
This part went SO well! Some teachers have the students get up in front of the class to present on their specific person, while others make it an art project. We love biography poster collages, like the one pictured above, because they really encourage students to focus on the most essential biographical facts.
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We can help our students understand how all of these items are connected. Would you rather be a fish or a frog? Extra Hour. Expository Essay Writing Prompts Expository writing includes informational and how-to pieces. Students in first grade may use drawings, writing, or dictation to identify their topic and supply information about it.
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So she decided to be rebellious and write about teachers instead. Which ones could fly? Kris Bales is a long-time homeschool parent. Censorship and education. Of course this isn't working. Once you get your students researching, they can learn so much about these magnificent animals that came before us.
What if your teacher had a talking pet dragon and she brought it to school one day? Then I introduced this chart: We went back and reread the book, adding sticky notes to each section.
Reptiles and Amphibians. What is one book that every kid should read and why should they read it? I "held the pen" but they decided what to write shared writing.
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Make one up if you have to! At my school research writing is huge. I gave them stickies and this organizational sheet: Holy good gracious.
The role of discipline in education and its impact on the process of learning Information overload: the bane of the modern world. Model, practice, then have them do. Healthy Teeth. What is your favorite holiday and why? Yes I modeled, but I didn't give them enough scaffolding for this assignment.
This concept can be hard for them since all year we've drilled into their heads that they need to write in complete sentences. OR you could leave a comment with some good tips or tricks. Movers and Shakers. Family Fun.