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Adventures in Nonfiction: A Guided Inquiry Journey

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Adventures in Nonfiction: A Guided Inquiry Journey

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Renee Goularte

Renee Goularte

Magalia, California


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology





  • General classroom supplies (chart paper, several colors of broad markers, fine-tipped markers or colored pencils, writing paper, and copier paper)

  • A large variety of nonfiction books

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  • All nonfiction books from the classroom library should be identified and isolated from the rest of the books. It would be valuable to have students sort all the nonfiction books by topic categories. (See Book Sorting: Using Observation and Comprehension to Categorize Books, a ReadWriteThink lesson that engages students in sorting books by topic.)

  • Create a "name-drawing" basket by writing each studentís name on a small piece of paper and putting all the papers into the basket. These will be used for the sharing time.

  • For Website exploration it might be helpful to arrange for an adult helper to work with students at computers. Also, the teacher will need to open up a different childrenís informational Website on each computer available. This lesson assumes that primary-age students are allowed Internet access; however, if that access is limited to teacher-selected sites and does not allow the use of search engines, have sites bookmarked before the activities.

  • It is assumed that students will have participated in discussions of nonfiction books that have been read aloud to them, especially in regards to helping them learn to "think while reading" by responding to questions such as the following:

    • What do we know so far?

    • What did we just learn?

    • What else do you wonder about this?

    The teacher may want to precede the lesson with such a read-aloud to kick-off the activities.

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