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Gr 2-3: Descriptive vs. Expository (Visualization vs Explanation)
Gr K-2: Chinese New Year
Want More Nonfiction? The main collection has PLENTY.
A Note on Research
If you are willing to try this shift on a week-long project tied to one of our curriculum areas, please approach me in advance and I would be happy to plan with you. If you're not sure what this could look like, I wrote up a google doc for anyone curious to the possibilities.
Also, many of you will be reviewing text features. Here is a link to the posters I created, which you are free to modify AFTER you make your own copy.
Bumping the 3rd Grade Nonfiction Science Reading Unit
One of several books we have that describe animal classes, this is the newest. It is concise and well-designed.
An award-winning book reviewing fish, it is well-written but the star is the striking x-ray images of fish. Talk about focus on structure!
This book shows several special adaptations. It's great for interest, at a reading level more nonfiction needs to be at.
Starting Research? The cycle is called "Plan, Do, Review" which fits right after a KLEW chart!
A Note on Makerspaces
When you send kids to the library, they should be back in about 5 minutes. When you send kids to the makerspace, they need AT LEAST 15 min, possibly up to a half hour. Also, if I'm teaching at the smartboard they might need to relocate or come another day. In general, the marble run boards are AWESOME for simple machines, cause and effect, and team work. Feel free to borrow them to the Science Lab or your classroom for indepth work. The art station at the makerspace has already fostered some amazing indoor recess projects--SMALL group please unless you sign up on the library schedule. YES I have tested the makerspace on a whole class and it worked great.