Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fun Fiction VS Nonfiction Activity

You know those days when everything kinda comes together and you're like "ahh... I think they're finally getting it!".  I love those days.  I often spend time wishing there were more of them. but I have to remind myself that my kiddies are just babies, and they are inundated with SO much stuff everyday.  So, with that in mind, when something finally clicks, it' awesome! :)Anyway, I had one of those days today & it was great. Top that off with a 3 hour dinner with one of my most favorite people in the world, and I'd call Thursday a WiN. 

Anyway, wanted to share a cute little activity that I did today . .. thanks to a great first grade team mate . . . that my kids loved.

How many of you have a bunch of these laying around?
We get so many in our mailbox, and unfortunately, not many parents order the books, so we send a couple home & do the online order thing . . . which leaves me with books of these.  I typically toss them, but then my colleague suggested a great activity for reinforcing our study on fiction vs. nonfiction.

We have been identifying & discussing non-fiction text features, and focusing on how we can compare and contrast the two.  So, today, we took out all these little flyers, and went to sorting.

I started with our Sorting Circles that we usually use for math.
Each student got two of them & labeled inside the circle either "fiction" or "nonfiction". ( Well, I labeled to save time and because I'm just slightly OCD!) Then, they started cutting pictures of books and sorting them inside their circles.

Then, they had to move their "stickies" to a divided piece of manilla paper and glue down their choices.

Lastly, because their choices seem to be only made my sight, they wrote in their Guided Reading notebooks answering these questions.
You can see the full text <HERE>. I just put them up & the kids wrote (sorry, I forgot to take a picture!).

Some responses were :
 I know my choices were fiction books because they:
* Had drawings instead of photos
* Were stories about things that couldn't really happen
* Had characters

I know my choices were non-fiction books because they:
* Had photographs of real animals or things
* Gave facts about a topic

I THINK the non-fiction books MIGHT have:
* a glossary
* a table of contents
* an index
* captions

....etc.. You get the point. Anyway, the kids did GREAT & loved the activity. Easy, cheap & successful.  Definitely a win :)

  It's a great way to use all those fliers & it was an easy way for me to assess who really "got it" and who might need more help with the concept.  Hope you like it !  Have a HAPPY Friday and an even better weekend !! :)


  1. I also had an AWESOME day with my kiddos today. I think they are just preparing me for Wednesday (Halloween) and Thursday (the day after) when they will be impossible. :)

    Second Grade Math Maniac
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  2. Great idea! And FUN! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Oh I Love it! It's Katie from Teacher to the Core (blogspot) I am so glad you found me, so that I could find you! Leave me your email in the comments section in my blog and Ill email you my nouns (apple, candy corn, acorn) stuff. It's the least I can do for you, now that you have given me such a cool activty too do with all those darn book order pages. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  4. I LOVE this idea! I just want to go duh! Why didn't I think of that? Thanks for stopping by my blog! Now I am your newest follower! BTW - your blog layout is SO STINKIN CUTE!

  5. You have made my heart happy with this idea! Thank you! :D

    Teach On.

  6. I LOVE this idea!! Thanks so much for sharing :) I JUST threw away a bunch of those book orders, but Im sure in a couple weeks Ill have enough to go around...Thanks again!!

  7. Love having a way to use up those catalogs - plus give me a way to assess who needs more help with fiction and non-fiction. Thanks!

  8. Great idea for assessments. I always feel so guilty throwing those catalogs in the recycle bin. Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. Cute idea....and a great way to teach recycling at the same time! :)

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