Improving Fiction and Non-Fiction – Part 2

(This is a continuation of my blog “Improving  Fiction and Non-Fiction-Part 1″ which you can find here.)      The next step I wanted to improve was how I taught the story elements for both Fiction and Non-Fiction books.  Last year I created an interactive anchor chart that I used in the beginning as we were…

Labeling the Parts of a Book

     I love the beginning of the year, and teaching the Parts of a Book is one of my favorite lessons to do.  I had previously created an activity where students actually help me MAKE a book, and then we reviewed the vocabulary on a large interactive poster.  (You can read about that activity here.)…

1st Grade Yearly Lesson Plans

     Last Christmas, I blogged about putting together a collection of 36 Kindergarten lessons to use for those unexpected times when you are sick and don’t have the energy to type of lesson plans for a substitute.  (Read more about that here.) I am SO thankful for all the feedback, support, and interest that…

Library Lion Book Care Book

This past March, I posted a blog about a series of books about a cat named Chester who comes to visit the library and ends up learning what to do in a library, book care, and the types of books that can be found inside the library.    I originally purchased these three books from…

Mystery Animal Research with Kindergarten

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     Conducting research with kindergarten students can be a daunting task, but I think I found a way to make it fun for them AND manageable for me!  I’ve been spending the year getting them to understand the difference between Fiction and Non-Fiction books, and would often pair two books over similar content to…

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