Our first grade writers began studying a new genre of writing this week: NONFICTION. The kids were over the moon excited to start this new learning!!!
To begin, we brainstormed a list of topics that we know a lot about. We used four categories to help organize our areas of expertise: people, places, activities, and things. Under each category we listed as many topics as we could.
After our topic lists were full of great ideas for nonfiction books, we got started with our writing. We learned to think about our audience and include facts in our books that our audience would want to know.
We also learned how to plan for our books by “trying on” our topics. To make sure our topic was a “good fit”, we used our fingers to list five different facts before starting our pictures and words. If we were unable to come up with five facts, we moved on to a different topic.
In the next couple of weeks, be sure to explore any nonfictions texts that you have at home with your child. Review the different nonfiction text features (headings, table of contents, captions, charts, maps, glossary, etc.), so your child feels confident about adding these interesting elements to his or her books!!!
Mrs. Stadt :)