In the midst of grad school homework, I am coming to you to share just a small part of our farm unit from the past two weeks. Of course we have been reading a lot of farm literature! So I thought this would be a great way to introduce the concept of fiction and non-fiction.
I decided to focus on just one animal for this activity. I chose cows because most of the students in my class had some general background information.
Our librarian helped me find a wide range of books for our unit. Here are just a few of our favorites.
After reading each book, the students had to tell me if they thought the book was fiction or non-fiction. They also had to provide reasons for their thinking.
This part was completed over the course of the unit. We recorded our thoughts on a very simple T-Chart.
As you can see from the chart, the cow theme also went along with our nursery rhyme of the week: Hey Diddle Diddle. The students did a great job!
Today we also created a graph about our favorite farm animals. I love using Post-Its for our graphs! The horse was the winner.
Next week we are on to apples!