LESSON FIVE:  Exploring Nonfiction Texts

Students explore a variety of nonfiction texts.

 

GRADE-LEVEL EXPECTATIONS

R3A:  Develop awareness that text and pictures provide information.

LS1A:  Listen for enjoyment, for information, and for simple directions, with teacher assistance.

 

LESSON MATERIALS

Sources of Literature

§         None

Supplies

Handouts

Vocabulary

 

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT

Make mental notes of students’ awareness that the text and pictures provide information, which will be recorded later in anecdotal notes and on a checklist of all unit objectives.  At the end of this lesson, record your observations of students’ awareness that the text and pictures provide information.  Notes from this observation and others can be used to rate each student using the checklist at the end of this unit.

 

LEARNING ACTIVITIES

 

1.        Gather in the read aloud area and gain attention of students by using a class signal.

 

2.        Review the definition of nonfiction text.

 

3.        Explain to students that today they are going to explore other nonfiction books and their job is to look at the books and see what they teach you.

 

4.        Teacher models with a student how to look through the book and discuss what they see.

 

5.        Dismiss students a few at time to look at books.

 

Idea

Have several baskets of books located around the room to prevent confusion.

 

6.        Students explore books individually.  The teacher circulates through the room talking to students.

 Questions

for

Students

 

What something new you learn from your book?

What do you notice about the pictures?

Why did you choose this book?

 

7.       Use class signal to gain student attention.  Students find a partner to share their newly gained information.