Saturday, March 19, 2016

Fiction VS. Nonfiction Teaching Ideas

Hello Friends!

One thing I love about the Common Core Standards is the emphasis of our students reading and writing informational texts. My heart is so happy when I see my first graders get excited when I bring new nonfiction books into our classroom! Today I have a few ideas to share that I used in my classroom this year.

When we begun our work learning about nonfiction texts I started the unit by making sure my students understood what made a text fictional and nonfictional. After modeling how I knew, students turned and talked to a partner to explain how they knew the text type. Then I added these posters to our focus wall.

Comparing Fiction and Nonfiction - Do your students need help understanding the differences between fiction vs nonfiction texts? These printables are perfect for making an anchor chart for your classroom as your students are learning to distinguish between fiction and nonfiction.

Comparing Fiction and Nonfiction - Do your students need help understanding the differences between fiction vs nonfiction texts? These printables are perfect for making an anchor chart for your classroom as your students are learning to distinguish between fiction and nonfiction.


These videos were also perfect!

Harry Kindergarten is always a favorite.



 This video has short clips of Happy Feet 2 and March of the Penguins

The next day I planned to start teaching nonfiction text features. I asked, "What are text features?"  I looked out and saw blank stares...heard nothing but crickets....This actually excited me. I love when no one already knows what I am about to teach. :)

Prior to our mini lesson I made these 2 posters (later taped them together) with the text pictures pasted on.

Comparing Fiction and Nonfiction - Do your students need help understanding the differences between fiction vs nonfiction texts? These printables are perfect for making an anchor chart for your classroom as your students are learning to distinguish between fiction and nonfiction.


You can get these FREE text feature posters I used from Deana at Primary Punch {HERE}.

Comparing Fiction and Nonfiction - Do your students need help understanding the differences between fiction vs nonfiction texts? These printables are perfect for making an anchor chart for your classroom as your students are learning to distinguish between fiction and nonfiction.

I shrunk the posters down and printed 4 to a page.  I did not prewrite the post-its on the poster, my students and I decided on the notes together as we looked for, discussed, and determined each text feature's purpose we found in our nonfiction books.

It took us 4 mini lessons to determine what these text features were and to understand how they help us while reading nonfiction texts. I hung our anchor chart in a low space accessible to my students while working in the classroom.

Now that my readers had a good foundation of identifying nonfiction books and text features, we moved on to comparing fiction to nonfiction texts. These two familiar books on butterflies were perfect to use as examples of each text type.


Comparing Fiction and Nonfiction - Do your students need help understanding the differences between fiction vs nonfiction texts? These printables are perfect for making an anchor chart for your classroom as your students are learning to distinguish between fiction and nonfiction.


In first grade students must be able to explain major differences between fiction and nonfiction texts. So again, I premade the beginning of our anchor chart to compare texts. I printed and cut out these word strips on cardstock. We built the chart together in a few mini lessons having my students prove the differences in my butterfly texts. 


Comparing Fiction and Nonfiction - Do your students need help understanding the differences between fiction vs nonfiction texts? These printables are perfect for making an anchor chart for your classroom as your students are learning to distinguish between fiction and nonfiction.
Get these attribute printables {HERE}

Later my students sorted the attributes on their own chart. 


Comparing Fiction and Nonfiction - Do your students need help understanding the differences between fiction vs nonfiction texts? These printables are perfect for making an anchor chart for your classroom as your students are learning to distinguish between fiction and nonfiction.



I  used this printable in a center. It was perfect to have students share their thinking with a partner. :)

Comparing Fiction and Nonfiction - Do your students need help understanding the differences between fiction vs nonfiction texts? These printables are perfect for making an anchor chart for your classroom as your students are learning to distinguish between fiction and nonfiction.

This printable made a good assessment I shared with parents at conferences.

Comparing Fiction and Nonfiction - Do your students need help understanding the differences between fiction vs nonfiction texts? These printables are perfect for making an anchor chart for your classroom as your students are learning to distinguish between fiction and nonfiction.

If you are interested in looking closer at this pack you can see it on my TPT shop {HERE}.

Comparing Fiction and Nonfiction - Do your students need help understanding the differences between fiction vs nonfiction texts? These printables are perfect for making an anchor chart for your classroom as your students are learning to distinguish between fiction and nonfiction.

In addition, I have saved a ton of ideas on my Pinterest board Informational Text Ideas, come pin with me!

I would love for you to leave a comment below sharing ideas how you teach your students to distinguish between fiction and nonfiction!

Thanks for reading,

4 comments:

  1. I was wondering where I can get the posters you used to show the basic difference between fiction and nonfiction (the first 2 pictures on the page). I love them and want to print them for my classroom! Thanks, Jenny

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    1. Hi Jenny, they are in the Comparing Fiction and Nonfiction linked above! Happy Teaching :)

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  2. Hi,

    Where can I download your comparing fiction to non-fiction cut and paste. You show it with white paper and the cut outs on green.

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  3. Hi Stacey, The sorting activity is party of my Comparing Fiction and Nonfiction resource. You can access the resource in my Tpt shop by clicking the link or the image right above. Happy Teaching! Christina

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