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Feb 23

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1. How to read number facts: Compare and Contrast meets visualization

2. Small group Nonfiction Project... For kids who don't receive extra services but could use an extra boost of nonfiction thinking

3. Jungle Book is coming to theatres. If you'd like to read it as a read aloud, it's meaty! I'm going to be reading pieces of it, along with researching jungles and wolf packs in a 2 week book club March 7-18. The stupid tests are interrupting my mojo. Time at your convenience!

Nonfiction... What next?

So your kids have been reading nonfiction... Now what can they DO with it?

1. Tackle a Big Question and create a group slide show.

2. Design their own Jeopardy! game matrix and play each other's boards

3. Write a shark puppet show demonstrating their hunting ability.

4. Create a set of bookmarks with nonfiction facts to give out in the library.

Need a powerful nonfiction read aloud?

Feathers is an example of a highly visual, well-written nonfiction title. It is challenging and engaging. Using both compare and contrast and cause and effect comprehension, it explains the adaptations of feathers regarding the structure of the bird... which is a new science standard. Melissa Stewart has 32 nonfiction titles in our library.

Forms of Nonfiction

I created this google doc to show you how I see nonfiction structures interacting with each other. Basically, I think the point of teaching kids nonfiction structures is to show them the variations in thinking, aka comprehension. It's a bit of a falsity to call these "genres" because books rarely have an entire structure based on one type of comprehension strategy. Here's how I think of nonfiction "structures" as comprehension skills.


Explain and Define.... Understand, classify, wonder

List... evaluate, rank, classify

Q & A .... Interview, wonder

Describe.... Visualize

Compare and Contrast.... Visualize, rank, apply, evaluate

Story/Poetry... visualize, apply, create

Sequence.... infer (time-based linking words), events

Cause and Effect... events, consequences, inferences, Prob&Sol

Persuade.... infer (audience), apply, analyze

Do you know these series? If you read them aloud, the readers will follow...