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1st grade readers read nonfiction to learn about the world!
Did you know a shark will use more than 10,000 teeth in its life? Sharks have many rows of teeth and they’re always losing and growing more! This is just one of the many facts 1st graders have learned about the world as we delved into non-fiction books this trimester.
To begin, we studied special features of non-fiction books to see how they help us read non-fiction. We used the table of contents to help us find the page numbers of the sections we’d like to read. We used headings to help us predict what a section will be about. We used diagrams to help us better understand the information. Some readers even brought in non-fiction books in their home languages to share with the class! Once we’d read a lot of non-fiction as a whole class, we were ready to begin our reading clubs.
Reading clubs are a chance for readers to chose a topic based on interest and to read and talk with a partner who shares the same interest. We gathered all the non-fiction books from our classroom library and sorted them into common themes. Once we had a list of potential topics, readers picked the topics they most wanted to read and learn about. Pretty soon, our reading clubs were formed! We now have readers studying storms, butterflies, snakes, flowers and plants, sea animals, space, spiders, and big animals. Readers will work with reading club partners to build a “fact file” that will hold all of their research and reading work.
Mrs. Livingston has stocked our Grade 1 library shelf with all kinds of non-fiction books on a variety of topics. Soon she will join us to teach us about using online sources to find more information about our topics.
By reading nonfiction, first graders are becoming experts. Ask a first grade expert to tell you what they’ve learned about the world!