This past week in reading, we focused on the importance of warming up to read our nonfiction books.
Warming up to a nonfiction book is very similar to warming up with a fiction story. We start by reading the title and checking out the front and back covers for any clues that might give us information about the book. Then, we take a picture walk through the book and think about what each page might be about. We finish by thinking about what we might learn in this book.
We spent time looking at different nonfiction books to see what features we found and how those features could help us to understand what we were reading.
We ended the week by focusing on how once we have finished warming up to our nonfiction book, we are ready to read it. But, we noticed that we read a nonfiction book a little differently than a fiction story. We use our TEACHER voice. When we read to our partners, we got a chance to be the TEACHER and share all the things we learned from our nonfiction book.
To learn more about a teacher voice when reading nonfiction, we listened to a clip from Jeff Corwin: Unleashed. He uses a bold and confident teacher voice to teach us about hog-nosed bats, but he also changes his voice and shows his excitement when he is teaching us about something important.
The kids have had a blast checking out all our nonfiction books in the classroom and share their learning with each other! We are expecting a large delivery of new nonfiction books to add to our classroom libraries, thanks to all of you for donating to the Walk-A-Thon, earlier this year. We are all antsy to dig into these new books when they get here!
Mrs. Stadt :)