We started off the past week of nonfiction reading by focusing on how we are learning so much from our nonfiction books. And when we learn something new, sometimes it opens up a new question for us. We gave the example of when we shared about storms on Jupiter being worse than storms on earth, it made us wonder, “What do those storms look like?” We were able to grab a book and show a picture of the hurricane on Jupiter that makes the red spot on the planet. And, when we shared about how sharks take a test bite before they eat their food, it made us wonder, “Does the test bite kill the animal, or will it survive?” There were lots of kids who were throwing out their thoughts to try and answer our questions, but we decided we would have to do some more reading to find out what really happens.
We also talked about how when we are reading nonfiction books, we come across tricky words. Sometimes the words themselves are tricky to decode and sometimes the words can be decoded, but it is a new vocabulary word that we don’t know. If we have a tricky word to decode, we reviewed all our animal friend decoding strategies:
But, we also talked about how nonfiction books are a little different from fiction books when it comes to decoding. To help with tricky words, it is important to focus on what that section is trying to teach and then reread the section, look at the picture, and even check the glossary for clues!