Our books are coming along! Before the break, we took notes, wrote our pages, revised our headings, and created a diagram page…. We did so much writing that their little hands were so tired after our writing block. It was very cute to see them stretching out their hands!
This week, we are adding the final touches to make these books even better! We are adding photos (from google images), writing captions, making words bold, and illustrating. Tomorrow we are going to be adding a table of contents and then it's off to the copy center for laminating and binding! I am really proud of them. They did a great job. This might be my favorite writing units!
If you are interested in my non-fiction writing unit of study, click here or on the photo below. This unit focuses on 4 animals (cheetahs, dolphins, great white sharks, and american alligators), but you could easily use the unit for other animals or topics!
Well, we have had 2 snow days and 2- 2 hour delays, so we are s-l-o-w-l-y getting through our nonfiction writing unit. Since we just finished our penguin unit the class had a pretty good understanding of nonfiction books and the text features. But we took a few days to read and review those features with an anchor chart… I had them pick cards with examples and match them to the text features.
Then they got to pick an animal to research. I narrowed the animal choices down to dolphins, great white sharks, american alligators, and cheetahs. (I just happen to have a lot of books about these animals and I made some mini books for each student to have). They get to underline and highlight important facts in these mini books, while taking notes in their note-taking packets. They look so cute and grown up highlighting and note-taking!!! I love it!
If the weather cooperates and we ever get a full school day, we will start revising our books by creating captions, glueing in photos, changing our headings, creating diagrams and writing a table of contents.
If you are interested in my Non-Fiction Writing Unit, check it out on TPT! It has very detailed daily mini lessons, anchor chart suggestions, minibooks, a notetaking packet, posters, templates, diagrams…. the list goes on!
Here is a text-feature poster freebie… I plan to send one home with each student so they can refer to it when reading nonfiction books.
This freebie includes three activities/lessons: - Blubber Experiment: Using shortening, such as Crisco, the students will get to experience what it feels like to have blubber in icy cold water. They will compare their "blubber hand" to their "non-blubber hand." This includes pictures and a response sheet.
- A fiction emergent reader that reviews color word identification.
- A nonfiction "flippy" minibook - perfect to use to help your students learn some facts about these adorable, flightless birds. No cutting and stapling required. Just fold it "hotdog way" then "hamburger way" (long way, then short way)
These look super cute!! I can't wait to get them! Many of them seem to have really nice messages, like Please, Mr. Panda. Others just seem so sweet, like Oliver and Patch , A New Small Person & This is Sadie.
I'm really want to get, Zombie in Love 2+1. Even the kids are catching the Zombie Craze… I rarely see "hot lava monster" on the playground anymore…. It's always some zombie game! They will love this!
Has anyone heard or read any of these books? What books do you plan to purchase in 2015?