Did you know that we had so many nonfiction books on Big Universe Learning?
To find the nonfiction books on Big Universe, simply go to the reading section of the site and click on the Advanced Search link on the right side of the screen. One of the genres you can select is nonfiction. If you just click there and then press the search button, you will get a list of the nonfiction books. You may want to type in some keywords to help you find what you want before you hit the search button.
I have found that when children and reading and trying to understand nonfiction books, they need to be doing something along with reading to help keep track of all the information.
I think a KWL, KWLH, or even FQR chart might work well ….
According to ReadingQuest Strategies:
What Is K-W-L?.
K-W-L is the creation of Donna Ogle and is a 3-column chart that helps capture the Before, During, and After components of reading a text selection.
- K stands for Know
This is the prior knowledge activation question.
- W stands for Will or Want
What do I think I will learn about this topic?
What do I want to know about this topic?
- L stands for Learned
What have I learned about this topic?
Asking questions can engage and inspire learning! It also provides direction for what you want children to learn from a resource. I have shared a previous post on KWL and FQR charts which may work even better for nonfiction … Facts, Questions, and Responses.
These nonfiction information articles provide a place for guided practice on this type of text as well as what to do when you encounter words that you do not know when you read.
Another idea is for children to create posters/signs/lists online or offline of the interesting information the discover. You could even jigsaw this site by having different groups read each section and then report back to the other about what they learned. This could be a time for students to choose how to represent the information to share it!
Here are a few places you can find nonfiction reading strategies and lessons that could be used with the non-fiction books here on Big Universe:
- Class Tables of Non-Fiction Features and Text Structures
- Look in the Literacy Cookbook for Recipes for Effective Literacy Instruction
- Reading Nonfiction Texts Lessons from NCTE
You never know what you might learn from reading nonfiction!