Slice of Life Challenge Day 22 – non fiction reading

imagesIt is another day with second graders. I had the great fun of sitting in the corner of the classroom and watching. They are starting a geography unit and so are also moving into non fiction reading.

There are two sides to the circle as they sat learn about non fiction books. One side calm and giving answers to questions and the other side is wiggling and wiggling. Can you guess which side is boys and which is girls? As always not completely boys and girls but close enough.

The teacher is moving the lesson along and gets to previewing non fiction books as fast as possible. She hands out the books to students to preview and she knows her students well since she can name topics the kids are interested in very quickly.

This is what they are looking for: ( the list they made before getting the books)

  • real facts
  • real people
  • real animals
  • table of contents
  • glossary
  • new vocabulary (key words)

Adding to their list after previewing – the found

  • to learn more section/resources
  • index
  • picture – black and white – old school pictures (historical pictures)
  • text boxes
  • titles and subtitles
  • maps/globes
  • about the author – we find this more in our fiction books they decided

You know all the wiggle, wiggle that the boys were into when they started out moved quickly to discussion of books and what they found in the books. As soon as they had a book in hand they were ready to learn.

It is always amazing what books can do! It is also amazing to see what second grades know and can tell you about books even as they are telling me they don’t really read very much!

I don’t believe of word of it as I so often have watched them all settle into reading their books.




About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, care for my Grandson and write. Life is good!
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