This week in Kindergarten & 1st Grade, we've been taking a look at Fiction vs Nonfiction - what is the difference?
And thanks to our awesome teachers, most kids know immediately - woohoo!
I decided to try & introduce the ideas of fiction as a story made up in the imagination of the author..... And nonfiction being a book full of facts & information.
To illustrate this we compared a number of fiction & nonfiction books - all with the common theme of squirrels. Perfect time of year right?
We then picked out which were fiction, which were nonfiction & I chose one of each to read so we could notice & discuss examples....
Just in case you're not sure, we did notice that in Rabbit & Squirrel, both Rabbit & Squirrel could talk; they wore clothes; they argued & the lived in cute houses.
None of these things happen in real life (or so far as we know for sure....), so the clues that this was a fiction book were pretty obvious.
With our nonfiction book however -
Well, this one was a little trickier! It has few of the usual nonfiction text features (which we'll be looking more closely at in the new year) - at least until the end. And the rhyming text almost had us fooled. Almost!
Luckily our Reed students are just too clever & the could see past the ruse and truly identify the text.
In actuality, this was all just an introduction, summarizing what they already know of course. But it was a fun way to tease out of them, their expert detective skills!
Next week, we're going to look at different genre types in fiction - my goal is to equip our students, no matter what grade, with some insight into the world of genre so they can really start to appreciate what they like, what challenges them, what they may discover they are passionate about - all in the name of becoming active readers and library patrons!
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