Creating a Spring Lesson Plan

Posted by Teresa M. on Mar 10, 2016 6:00:00 AM

spring.jpgWith warmer temperatures and more daylight, students have realized that Spring is on its way!  For young readers, short nonfiction texts can catch their curiosity.  By using simple sentence structure and real-life photos, your students will be delighted to learn more about various topics including Spring. This title is timely to use with your students and will allow you to become familiar with other nonfiction resources available for beginning readers. This series includes beginning text features such as glossaries, table of contents and chart/diagrams.

As a first grade teacher, I used these classroom reading strategies listed below and have found them to be helpful. My students increased their fluency with these simple whole group, small group and individual reading activities.


As a class, go on a picture walk. Display your book on your interactive board for all your students to see. For this example, I will useSpring written by Emily C. Dawson (ISBN: 9781624960260 Jump Library)

Remember, don’t read the text yet, just use the pictures and ask questions based on the pictures.  Keep going through all the pictures until you reach the glossary.

Next, use the glossary to introduce new vocabulary to students.  Sound out the words to help with vocabulary acquisition. If your students have student dictionaries, have them add these words to their personal dictionaries.

*These next three strategies can be on three separate days.*  

Whole Group/Choral Reading

Read the book together as a class.  Have the students point to each word as you read together. This helps strategy helps all readers feel involved in the reading process.  

Small Group Reading

After reading together as a class several times, have students partner read. This builds their reading confidence. High/low readers can be paired together.  

Individual Reading

To gain fluency, have students record themselves reading this nonfiction text. They will enjoy listening to themselves!

End of Unit Activity

Have students illustrate a classroom book by finishing this sentence.  In Spring,....

Then create your own book on Big Universe.  You scan your students artwork or use a camera to import your students’ pictures. This is a simple and easy way to let students see their final class book.  If you are unfamiliar with how do this, visit the professional development portion of our website.  The writing tool allows students and teachers to create their own e-books.  

Finding nonfiction resources for your beginning reader is easy and will open a new world to your students.  Check out the other titles similar to Spring mentioned in this post.The topics range from animals, to plants, to holidays and other activities.  Your students will enjoy the various topics available on their level.  Not only are they learning new skills such as text features, but  they are learning about real-life facts.  Learning how to read nonfiction is a lifelong skill.  Find out what your student nonfiction interests and assign them a book!

We love to hear from our readers.  How do you incorporate nonfiction texts into your reading curriculum?  What are some tried and true strategies that you incorporate?

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