Nonfiction Reading Enrichment

Support Materials and Resources

Consider Using the Depth and Complexity Icons to Challenge Thinking

Click on this DEPTH and COMPLEXITY link for an explanation of this easy to use method of challenging student thinking in all subject areas and grade levels.

Reading Response Extension Menus

Add depth and complexity when responding to nonfiction literature.

This PRIMARY NONFICTION QUESTION RESPONSE menu can be used to challenge young readers. Response sheets for each concept are included but directions can be adapted to your students' needs.


Investigations for Young Gifted Readers

Primary Investigations and Research choices are short, "mini research" projects that you can use to get primary (K-2) students started on independent research. They are easy to use with students who want to study a topic of interest, finish work early, or as a learning center. There is a free choice page if students would like to create their own questions and design their own project. Design Your Own Investigation

Start With a Question

Here are some fun website to get kids thinking about questions and resarch topics.

Library of Congress Everyday Mysteries




Earth Ology

Multimedia Text Sets

Multimedia text sets are sets of text that include different forms of text on a central theme, issue or idea. The forms of text can include, print, video, music, images, cartoons, webpages, podcasts, etc. Link belows are website with already created text sets.

Newsela Text Sets

Awesome Stories

Talking Points

Non-Fiction Minute

Nonfiction Cafe'

Have you ever thought of setting up a Nonfiction Cafe in your room? It is easy with this Non-fiction Cafe' Menu. Simply pair this menu of nonfiction reading extensions with the featured stories from past issues of Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears. Each story has been differentiated for K-1, 2-3, and 4-5 grade levels. The Cafe'Menu can also be used with any nonfiction reading selection.

Nonfiction and Text Structure Magazine Project

This Nonfiction and Text Structure Magazine Project can allow students the freedom to do in-depth research on a topic of personal interest.

Extended Independent Projects of Choice

Primary Independent Study Packet

Intermediate Independent Study Guide

Gifted students need time to engage in inquiry based reading and authentic research. They can benefit from expanded time frames for topics of study and investigating interests in depth. These independent study guides can can be used to guide young students through long term, inquiry based independent study projects. They use the depth and complexity icons to guide the research.

Read the News

Headed to the computer lab? Are students finished with their work? They can use these websites to browse for research ideas or complete the news response sheets Reporting the News Intermediate, Reporting the News Primary. Each website contains engaging, current news articles written just for kids. Many of the sites provide articles written at multiple Lexile levels. Easy to use news sites:

Reading Images

Many times, students are so set on completing the reading task, they often gloss right over photographs and other images they encounter when reading nonfiction text.

Students need to be explicitly taught to read those images. Just like reading written words, they examine details, make inferences, ask questions, draw conclusions, and the like.
Give students an organizer/note-taking sheet on which they record the details from the picture, their initial impression, and finally any unanswered questions they have about the image(s). This helps them to deliberately make connections to nonfiction text.

Informational Text Response Cards

Thinking About Questions

Are black eyed peas really peas? What are the Northern Lights? What causes the sound of thunder?

Here are two fun websites to get kids thinking about and asking questions. Use these to spur independent research for students using the above independent study guides.

Library of Congress Everyday Mysteries


Show What You Know

Cube Creator - Here is an attention getting way for students to share biographies, mysteries, topics of their choice and independent research. Click and add content to each side of the cube. Students' work can be printed and folded to create a real cube.

Library Teacher Resources

See this TEACHER RESOURCE flier from the Columbus Metropolitan Library for a listing of services and contact information. Let the staff at the Columbus Metropolitan Library put together a teacher collection of books on any topic.

Interactive Graphic Organizers

Each graphic organizer includes easy to follow teaching notes.

Getting Started with MAP Scores

This READING RIT chart shows the RIT score that is needed to reach the 95% in reading on the BOY and MOY MAP tests for each grade level. Included below are the number of RIT points students need to grow in order to maintain the 95%.
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  • Kindergarteners - 9 RIT points
  • 1st Graders -12 RIT points
  • 2nd Graders - 9 RIT points
  • 3rd Graders - 7 RIT points
  • 4th Graders - 14 RIT points
  • 5th Graders - 5 RIT points

To reach and maintain the 95th percentile, students must be proficient with concepts that may not be taught in an assigned grade but are at their RIT score level. The RIT TO CONCEPT CHART can be used to determine which concepts to introduce at specific RIT levels. Reading - page 9, Language Usage - page 14.