Monday, December 7, 2015

All About Reindeer: Lesson 1 Fiction vs. Non-Fiction


We have started our All About Reindeer Writing Unit!  I LOVE this unit and so do the kids!  

If you've been on the lookout for an "All About" unit to write - this is it!! The unit talks specifically about reindeer, so it's perfect to use in December - but then you can use the format and templates included to write about ANY animal the rest of the year!!

This resource is great to be used during writing workshop - as a modeled lesson or as individual writing. 

So now let me share a a bit more about our reindeer writing. 


Today, we did Lesson 1: Fiction vs. Non-Fiction. Here's a little about how it went...

Your 1st and 2nd grade classroom or homeschool students will become pros at reindeer with this reindeer writing activity! Then you can use this resource to branch off to other animals! This resource is great to use during the month of December as a guided writing OR independent writing project. Then - once they've gotten the hang of it - your students will be able to write more "All About Animals" reports later in the year. Click through to check it out today! {first & second grader}

We started by talking a little bit about Fiction/Non-Fiction (or informational text, if that's the term you prefer).  Then, we watched a Brain Pop Video called Reading Non-Fiction.  It love it- it's short and sweet and gives a lot of information in about 5 minutes.

After the video we used the Notebook File (for the Smart Board) to record some things that we know about Fiction/Non-Fiction.

Your 1st and 2nd grade classroom or homeschool students will become pros at reindeer with this reindeer writing activity! Then you can use this resource to branch off to other animals! This resource is great to use during the month of December as a guided writing OR independent writing project. Then - once they've gotten the hang of it - your students will be able to write more "All About Animals" reports later in the year. Click through to check it out today! {first & second grader}

Your 1st and 2nd grade classroom or homeschool students will become pros at reindeer with this reindeer writing activity! Then you can use this resource to branch off to other animals! This resource is great to use during the month of December as a guided writing OR independent writing project. Then - once they've gotten the hang of it - your students will be able to write more "All About Animals" reports later in the year. Click through to check it out today! {first & second grader}

Your 1st and 2nd grade classroom or homeschool students will become pros at reindeer with this reindeer writing activity! Then you can use this resource to branch off to other animals! This resource is great to use during the month of December as a guided writing OR independent writing project. Then - once they've gotten the hang of it - your students will be able to write more "All About Animals" reports later in the year. Click through to check it out today! {first & second grader}

 Then, we discussed non-fiction text features and I showed several examples in books.  My new Dinosaur book I got at the Book Fair was a HUGE hit during this time!

Your 1st and 2nd grade classroom or homeschool students will become pros at reindeer with this reindeer writing activity! Then you can use this resource to branch off to other animals! This resource is great to use during the month of December as a guided writing OR independent writing project. Then - once they've gotten the hang of it - your students will be able to write more "All About Animals" reports later in the year. Click through to check it out today! {first & second grader}


When were finished discussing, I gave each Table Group a pile of Fiction/Non-Fiction books and had them work together and sort the books.  Then, they could look through the Non-Fiction and look for different Non-Fiction Text Features.

If you click through to purchase this All About Reindeer writing unit, you'll receive a connection, mini lesson, and student engagement and sharing activities! Remember - these can be used while you do your all about reindeer writing, but then you can also use them over and over again as your 1st and 2nd grade classroom or homeschool students write their own project!

As an added bonus, you can use the Notebook files for this lesson on your SMARTboard!!

Your 1st and 2nd grade classroom or homeschool students will become pros at reindeer with this reindeer writing activity! Then you can use this resource to branch off to other animals! This resource is great to use during the month of December as a guided writing OR independent writing project. Then - once they've gotten the hang of it - your students will be able to write more "All About Animals" reports later in the year. Click through to check it out today! {first & second grader}

Lesson 1 is in the books... now onto Lesson 2 tomorrow!

Other All About Reindeer blog posts:
Lesson 2
Lesson 3
Lesson 4
Lesson 5
Lesson 6
Lessons 7-12

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Your 1st and 2nd grade classroom or homeschool students will become pros at reindeer with this reindeer writing activity! Then you can use this resource to branch off to other animals! This resource is great to use during the month of December as a guided writing OR independent writing project. Then - once they've gotten the hang of it - your students will be able to write more "All About Animals" reports later in the year. Click through to check it out today! {first & second grader}

I sincerely hope you and your students enjoy working on your reindeer writing! 

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