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 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.
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
....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 !! :)