Good times in our Reading and Writing Workshop this past week. We jumped into nonfiction studies. I handed 2-3 nonfiction books to each reading partner with some Post-it notes. I asked them to put the notes in areas of the book that looked different from the story books we have been reading.
I circulated the room and commented on those who found nonfiction text features. I did this is a slightly louder voice, so others quickly caught on. Once we came back together we charted the things we noticed. After they left, I took some photocopies and re-wrote this chart.
We then read a couple of nonfiction books about polar bears.
On day one we put our facts down in light blue. On day two (book two) we added new facts in darker blue. It is hard to tell in this picture, but it is a great way for us to check our schema and monitor our learning.
I then set out to write my own nonfiction text. I modeled going back to the above chart over and over.
Here is the book I wrote with my kiddos.
We also worked in a little polar bear action into my morning message (which was a Riddle of the Day). It is a great way to work in inferential thinking!
I get my riddles here.
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Sadly, I do not have any student samples to show you. I had three students start a piece of nonfiction writing, but we only had a few days to work on it, so it would be premature to show it. However, I am confident some, if not most, of my other students, will jump on board and start one this week.
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