Our bat unit has given us an opportunity to read all sorts of really interesting informational text books as well as fiction stories with bats as the main characters. One of our standards is to learn about the characteristics of both informational and fiction text, so we will compare and contrast our bat books!
We will start with all our bat books in the center of the carpet. Each child will grab a book and then place in the informational text or fiction pile. After we have sorted the books, we will check through and talk about why/where each book was placed. This will be a good introduction. We have had some discussion but this will use all of the learning styles!
Then we will use Venn diagram, putting different aspects of informational and fiction in their correct spots, but also talking about what they have in common (nonfiction books can tell stories too!, they are interesting etc.). We will use both our books we are reading for science and our books for reading workshop. In November we will be using both informational and fiction books to help us learn about the past and present and pilgrims and American Indians, so this is perfect timing!
Some books we will read that are fiction:
Little Brown Bat
Bats at the Beach
Bats at the Library
Bats at the Ball Game