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Predicting and Gathering Information With Nonfiction Texts

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Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Approximately eight 20-minute class sessions
Lesson Author

Bethany L.W. Hankinson

Walhonding, Ohio


International Literacy Association



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The reading community recognizes nonfiction as vital to early learners. This concept is relatively new, and most primary teachers have little experience with how to introduce nonfiction to their students and use it as part of the reading curriculum. This lesson supports second grade teachers in introducing nonfiction to their students and using it for informational purposes. Students develop an understanding of nonfiction through peer interaction and hands-on experiences with books. They use graphic organizers to record their thinking and new learning.

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Interactive Animal Study: This tool makes it easy for students to organize the animal facts they find by subject area.

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Palmer, R.G., & Stewart, R.A. (2003). Nonfiction trade book use in primary grades. The Reading Teacher, 57(1), 3848.

  • Today, nonfiction is published on a wide range of topics, with engaging formats and illustrations, and for a variety of reading levels-including the primary grades.

  • Young children should be exposed to a variety of texts in the primary years. Not only should there be broad topical coverage to meet individual interests and curriculum needs, but a variety of reading levels so that all children can read at both independent and instructional levels.

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