To me, one of my most favorite things to do, when I get a new Jim Arnosky book, is to look at the author’s note in the back of the book. Jim always gives the reader insight into his journey of creating his books. When the reader looks closely upon this text, they will notice that the author uses color and sketches throughout.
|Today I will be reviewing Jim's book Frozen Wild How Animals Survive the Coldest Place on Earth. His book has a beautiful feature of pages folding out and becoming extra long. This book has an excellent balance of information and illustrations. I think this is a great book to have students notice whether it is fiction or nonfiction book. Students could go on a book walk and list the features they notice.This book looks like a storybook but has many nonfiction text features.Jim gives the reader a sneak peak of all his beautiful sketches on the side of the book.|
Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart.
Classroom IdeasUse an Alpha box to collect important words and phrases from the book. Once students record important words, it will remind them later of the facts they learned about animal survival. Students can use their Alphabox as a resource to write a piece of nonfiction writing. In the primary classroom, the teacher can record important words or phrases.
One trick that researcher learn is to limit the number of words they use when taking notes. The trick is to jot a phrase or bullet facts.
Teach Students to Mark Key WordsTeach students to collect keywords and phrase that capture the most important information. I love how this first-grader made a little key on the post-it in which they put in their books.
What are we learning when we read nonfiction?
These are some of the strategies second and firsts graders are learning. This teacher is implementing the Lucy Calkin's nonfiction reading units.