All About Lions—Thinking About Non Fiction Text! and a Freebee!
Before I got there, Kath was teaching her kiddos about jungle animals. We decided to use Lions for our study on non fiction books. So, as the kiddos came in we had them think about the things they already knew about lions and enter that information in their journals.
That morning I collected a few non fiction books about animals. First, I had them turn and talk with their partner about everything they already know about lions. When I was sharing the books with Kath’s kids I wanted them to see how I didn’t have to read the whole book, just look for the parts I wanted to know about. So I modeled how I could look through the books and look for pictures of lions. Then, I would read the information about lions. After doing that for a few books, I told them that sometimes authors make a table of contents to help the reader find the information more quickly. So then I had a few books with table of contents and we found which pages were about Lions and just turned to that page! As we were reading the information, I taught them two things that good readers do while reading non fiction text—when we come to something that we already know from other readings, we can say “I know that!” or when we come to something that is new we can say, “I didn’t know that!” I also showed them how they could say “Wow, that’s cool!” when they read something really neat. We practiced each part by having them turn to their partner and use one of the three sayings we had talked about. If you have my Powerful Partnerships Unit 2 Reader’s Workshop, in that unit we teach the kids how to share these items with a partner using post it notes. Find it here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Powerful-Partnerships-Readers-Workshop-Unit-2-by-Kim-Adsit-and-Michele-Scannell
BTW, Michele and I are now working on our unit 6 for Reader’s Workshop and it is going to be one of my favorites—it is on Nonfiction Texts!
After reading all the information, we made a tree map together. I made it on the smart board (Reason 6…..) and the kiddos each had their own tree map to record our thoughts. I did make a large one on paper, too so that we could display it. While I liked making it on the smart board, I want to be able to have that finished product up for my kids to see. We then broke into small groups. One group made their own non fiction book about Lions. They selected one item under each of the tree map headings to record in their books.
So if you stuck with me through this long text, here is your reward… Lion Tree Map Student Version All About Lions Title Page Lion Tree Map Teacher Version
In my next post I am going to show you how we displayed our lion tree maps on a super cute lion craftivity while learning about ___ing words!
Kim is a retired kindergarten teacher! She taught kindergarten for 30 years and now works as a national presenter. Now that she is retired, she spends her time volunteering in Megan's room. When she isn't working at Megan's school, she loves to garden and spend time with her family. She and Andy, her husband, have two children, Megan, who is married to Nick, and Tyler, who is married to Ginny. They also have a beagle named KT Ann. Megan followed in her mom's footsteps and is also a kindergarten teacher. She loves building relationships with her kiddos and their families. When she isn't teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family. She is married to Nick. They enjoy all the GA sports teams! She and Nick have a miniature dachshund named Lily Grace.
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