Sunday, January 15, 2012

Arctic Snow Business: An Avalanche of Nonfiction Fun!

Learning how to navigate nonfiction is so important as students ascend into higher grade levels!  I try my hardest to help my thirdsters master this complex task in order to help them be more successful in the content areas NOW and to help them cope with more difficult material in years to come.  In order to comprehend what they read, research suggests that they must be able to understand how to interpret and utilize the text features that are unique to nonfiction! This 52 page packet includes several ideas and resources to spice up your instruction!  It features Arctic animals for each NF feature poster and has accompanying student sheets to fill in the definition of each feature as they learn each new text feature... plus so much more!  If you're interested, you can check it out HERE!

Also, if you're interested, grab a free copy of something I put together with our Building Leader Team to address nonfiction in our building at the bottom of this post!  The first page is directions for our kiddos to read strategically, and the second page outlines some steps we are taking with Reading Street to ensure that we hit that component on a regular basis.  I don't know if anyone can use it, but feel free to grab it if you think you can!

Nonfiction Case File Directions


  1. Amanda, it looks great!


  2. This is just pretty awesome.

  3. WOW. This looks great, Amanda. There are plenty of things in this unit that my sixth graders could use. You do AWESOME work!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  4. Love this! So perfect for teaching nonfiction! :) Plus, it looks like so much fun too.
    Stories From Second

  5. This is perfect!! I am starting nonfiction next week!! You did an amazing job!

  6. That unit looks amazing!!! Wow!! Love the freebie too:) Thanks bunches:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  7. This couldn't of come at a better time! We are in the middle of our arctic project and we start NF next week! Thanks so much!

  8. This is wonderful and exactly what I need! We are beginning nonfiction right away. My students will love this!

  9. My kids are loving this! Thanks for creating such wonderful resources!