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Old 01-07-2011, 04:41 AM
 
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Does anyone have any good strategies/ideas/lessons/projects etc. for teaching informational text and/or non-fiction reading? I know all the standards which are to be covered, cause/effect, using text features, main ideas, etc. but other than skill/drill, read as a class, etc., I feel as if my creative juices are running thin....

Anyone have any great materials they use?? Currently, I am using my weekly Time For Kids, and our social studies materials.

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I've taught my students what I call "the 5 rules for expository reading."

1. Read the title.
2. Read the section headings.
3. Read the pictures and the captions.
4. Read the questions.
5. Read the whole text.

They've got the rules memorized and I think it has helped them to not miss information in the text.
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This is what we are doing right now so it is fresh in my mind!

I pull articles from Ranger Rick and National Geographic for Kids. They are a good length and usually pretty good articles.

We spent one day practicing the Read, Cover, Retell strategy. The students were in groups of 3 and took turns practicing this by reading one paragraph at a time.

We spent 2 days on highlighting. Using the same type of articles. Instead of retelling the groups discussed what was important enough to be highlighted. We really talked about not highlighting too much.

Then we switched to using post-it notes. They wrote down main ideas, thoughts, questions etc. they had as they read. The post-it is put on the page right where their thought was. That way they can remember it at the end of the article. We also focused on captions under pictures this week.

Next week we will practice note taking, responsive reading and finally making outlines. For the outlines, I made some to go along with the articles they will be reading that are half filled out. They need to finish it.

I think it is really important to review these skills once in awhile. The students seem to enjoy it in small doses. We are doing our benchmark assessments right now so it is a perfect thing to do while we test and find out what level they should be put into for the next guided reading book.

Hope this helps!
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Old 01-07-2011, 10:19 AM
 
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Reading A-Z has a bunch of books and you can search by skill. They also give g.o.'s for what skill you are focusing on.

One year I had my class read a nonfiction book and then create a brochure on the computer that had information about their topic. They used charts, pics, etc... they really enjoyed it! it was 2-sided with 6 columns so there was a lot of info- and they had to org. by making up headings.
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JC,
This is one of my favorite lessons. My team has used it two years now and it is very successful in teaching non fiction as well as backing up science or social studies material.
Using Science/Social Studies Texts to Teach the Graphic Features of Nonfiction
http://www.readwritethink.org/resources/resource-print.html?id=413


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I love mswinston's:trifold
http://www.mswinston.com/NonFiction%20Book.pdf
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http://www.readwritethink.org/classr...ction-112.html

Take a look at this reading strategy THIEVES
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I love the ideas posted so far!!!! I can't wait to incorporate them into my lessons! In Writers Workshop, my students are working on writing an expository piece. They are researching their own topic and I have been incorporating into my minilessons how to read informational text. Many of my students are choosing to read their research materials during independent reading and during my conferences I have been able to discuss some of the elements posts from earlier have included.
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