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Shhh! Bear's Sleeping: Learning About Nonfiction and Fiction Using Read-Alouds

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Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Denise B. Loucks

Zebulon, North Carolina


International Literacy Association



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Read-alouds provide an unmatched opportunity to engage students and motivate them to learn. This lesson uses read-alouds of Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Every Autumn Comes the Bear by Jim Arnosky to teach about the distinction between fiction and nonfiction. Students are encouraged to participate in the read-alouds and to use singing and finger play to make meaning out of the printed words. As a final project, students use the knowledge they have gained to write a class book.

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Stapleless Book:This interactive tool can be used at the end of the lesson for when students make their fiction or nonfiction class book about bears.

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Johnson, D. (2002). Web watch: Picture book read-alouds. Reading Online, 5. Available: http://www.readingonline.org/electronic/elec_index.asp?HREF=webwatch/picturebooks/index.html

  • According to research, all ages benefit from quality read-alouds. Reading aloud is the most important activity to build the knowledge needed for successful readers.

  • For younger students, reading aloud nurtures their language development and motivates them to read. Read-alouds increase real world knowledge and comprehension.

  • Quality read-aloud experiences must include a variety of books that capture the interests of students.

  • Children see books as worthwhile and become lifelong readers if they participate in quality read-alouds with an adult.


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