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Navigating Nonfiction
In order to engage in research processes, students must be able to access informational (nonfiction) books independently. In this lesson they will learn how nonfiction books are arranged. They will then practice putting nonfiction books in order by call number and locating nonfiction books on the shelf.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Information Skills)
By Kay Sanderson.
Nonfiction in action
Photographs from classrooms and samples of student work illustrate the instructional use of nonfiction in this slideshow. Teaching with informational texts, as opposed to works of fiction, provides unique benefits to students — particularly those with special needs.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
The elements of informational text
In this video, classroom footage and teacher interviews explore the features of nonfiction texts and illustrate how instruction with nonfiction differs from instruction using fictional texts. This video is one in a three-part series about teaching with informational...
Format: video/video
How to implement instruction with nonfiction
In this video, classroom footage and teacher interviews address best practices in teaching with informational text. This video is one in a three-part series about teaching with informational text. The other videos include: The...
Format: video/video
The benefits of teaching with nonfiction
In this video, classroom footage and teacher interviews explore the benefits of teaching with informational text. Teachers discuss particular student populations that benefit from reading nonfiction, including exceptional children, English language learners,...
Format: video/video
Going batty
In this lesson students will hear the story Stellaluna by Janell Cannon and then create a Venn Diagram comparing bats to birds.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Information Skills and Science)
By DPI Integration Strategies.
Guess The Genre!
Students apply knowledge of genres to identify different genres from read-alouds of excerpts from selected books representing different genres.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Information Skills)
By Ann Jenkins.
"Off To The Races" Familiarize Students With The Media Center
Students become familiar with the various sections of the media center and learn the value of teamwork through a kinesthetic scavenger-hunt approach.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Information Skills)
By Robin Boltz.
Adding support and detail without getting arrested!
This lesson plan is designed to teach students the concept of using facts to support ideas and to interpret (elaborate on) those facts in order to create a synthesized paragraph.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
By Bonnie Mcmurray and Julie Joslin.
The life cycle of a seed
This lesson integrates science into the language arts block. Students will read about plant life cycle events and then write their own books about the life cycle of a plant.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 English Language Arts and Science)
By Joni Kight.
Invention convention
In this integrated unit, students will draw upon language arts, science, and math while inventing a magnetic or electric product. The lessons in this unit provide accommodations for English Language Learners at a variety of developmental levels.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Snakes are cool
This lesson begins with a reading of Verdi by Janell Cannon. It integrates science with language arts as the students learn about snakes and write about their findings.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts and Science)
By Marcia Reich.
Multicultural cross-grade level unit plan
This unit of study integrates reading, writing, math, and social studies. It is designed to help first and third grade students relate to other cultures of the world. They will understand and compare the similarities and differences of children, families, and communities in different times and places. They will analyze religious and other cultural traditions. They will apply basic geographic concepts.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–3 English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies)
By Shirley Young.
Students will read Tarantula by Jenny Feely. Then they will summarize what they have learned about tarantulas by writing descriptive words or phrases on a graphic organizer. Finally, using the Kid Pix Studio Deluxe (or other similar drawing program), students will write sentences about tarantulas and make an illustration.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Computer/Technology Skills and English Language Arts)
By Jody Shaughnessy.
Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice
This series of articles, which balance theory, research, and practice, address a variety of topics within differentiation through text, graphics, and video.
Format: series (multiple pages)
What does it mean to be a healthy eater?
In I’m on a diet and proud of it: Nutrition through math and science, page 5
Using research skills and nonfiction text, students will discover foods that are rich sources of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts, Healthful Living, and Science)
By Karina Colón.
The power of nonfiction: Using informational text to support literacy in special populations
In Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice, page 9
This article presents the idea that informational texts, rather than fictional literature, may better help students develop literacy skills -- particularly in students with special needs.
Format: article/best practice
By Joan Barnatt, Ph.D..
Embryology: Hatching baby chicks
This lesson integrates science, math, communication skills, arts, and social studies through hands-on activities. Students are directly involved in hatching baby chicks.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 and 4 Science)
By Ann White.
Make that chocolate sundae!
The student will write detailed directions for making and eating a chocolate sundae. S/he will then create and eat a sundae.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 English Language Arts)
By Landa Latta.
Wolves: Comprehending informational texts
This integrated plan uses non-fiction text and wolves to motivate students with language arts and science. Students will read a nonfiction text and use metacognitive skills of guided reading and KWHL chart to monitor comprehension and extend vocabulary.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 English Language Arts)
By Amy Vance.