Saturday, March 31, 2012

A Little More Nonfiction Fun!!

My students and I have now wrapped up our nonfiction unit! They learned so much and have become such in depth thinkers! I LOVE to hear their connections to what they are reading and the conversations that are going on in my classroom. I love that my students have meet the challenge to a more rigorous curriculum and are having meaningful interactions with text. I AM ONE HAPPY TEACHER!!! 

A super fun activity that  my students adored was an interview. As a class, we reviewed how to write a question and modeled our questions around those that were found in the biographies that they had read and Internet resources that they had used to complete research on an American President. We created a flip chart with several questions that they had created. 

Once the questions were written, we talked about how to organize our paper. We reviewed many biographies to create an organizer where they could write questions to ask their friend. The kiddos decided that they would use these questions as subtitles in their writing to help their readers find and understand information about their classmates. I was so impressed with them and totally got the teacher goose bumps as they took over the conversation about their books...they truly applied their knowledge!!
Once the class made plans for organizing their writing, they had the choice to use this organizer or to create this in their writer's notebook.

Once the class had made plans for organizing their writing, they used the following form to write their final rough draft on the following form:

These turned out wonderful and the kids had the best time writing them and sharing their writing with their classmates. One of the best parts of this assignment were the "photographs" that they drew of their friends in the text box provided in the final draft form. They were so adorable!!!

Hope you enjoy this! 
We have started with poetry and all I can say is.....SO MUCH FUN!!!
I will post more about that very soon!! :)


FirstGradeBlueSkies (Jennifer) said...

This is terrific!
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Ms. Morgart said...

YAY!!! So glad that you like it!! :)

Miss J said...

Looks great!! Thanks for sharing!!

Miss J
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Lori said...

Love interviews! Thanks for sharing it!
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Kristen said...

This is such a nice idea Lynda!!

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KRISTA said...

This is fabulous! Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower.

Have a great Friday!


Shana said...

This is great! Thanks.

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