Over the last few weeks, students have been getting to know how nonfiction works! We have studied and talked about many of its features (table of contents, index, glossary, headings, subheadings, photographs, charts, maps, captions, bold text, etc.). Students have been reading, writing and sharing fun facts, newly learned information and loving this genre!
Last week, we turned our attention to developing really good research questions for our nonfiction pieces, which we will be writing over the next few weeks. Students have been developing, and then revising, “good” research questions about their individual topics. 101 has already come to realize that a good question cannot be answered with a simple “yes” or “no,” but that it should be more complicated and take longer to answer.
Each child has a nonfiction research topic (that he/she chose) and they are now ready to learn more. This upcoming week, students will look for the answers to their newly developed research questions as they read about their topics. Then they will begin to take notes and record the answers to their wonderings. These planning pages will be the seed for their published pieces.
Home extension – please help your child find books (library, bookstore), videos, articles and/or websites about their chosen research topics! We will need them in class next week. I have many books, but any other resources are greatly appreciated.
Great online resources/search engines:
Here are a few pictures (a sneak peek) into our new unit.
Stay tuned! =) There’s a lot more coming.
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday for Parent-Teacher Conferences!