Fiction vs. Nonfiction Text in the Primary Grades



Are you teaching Fiction vs. Nonfiction?  If so, we have a few activities you can try out to help your kiddos see the similarities and differences between the two types of text.  


Class Discussion + Anchor Chart
Select 2 books on one topic.  As a class, take a picture walk through both books.  Decide which is fiction and which is nonfiction.  Have your kiddos help you make post it notes to label their reasons.  


You could also divide into groups and have each group make their own chart using 2 books.

Daily 5 Bucket Book Sort
Have your students sort books in their Daily 5 buckets (or independent reading buckets) into 2 piles; fiction / nonfiction.  


Once all of the students have their Daily 5 buckets sorted into 2 piles, do a gallery walk around the room to have students look at everyone's sorting.  This leads to great conversation.

Scholastic Book Club Sort
Use a Scholastic Book Club flyer to have students sort book covers into 2 columns; fiction / nonfiction.  


One tip for this is to check in with students after sorting but prior to gluing so you can clear up any misconceptions kiddos may have. 

Practice! 
Use our FREE Fiction or Nonfiction pack to have students analyze fiction vs. nonfiction. 

 There are several opportunities for students to practice and show their thinking.  Grab this freebie HERE!  Check them out below:

Fiction or Nonfiction Features Sorting Page

Walk Around the Room Fiction / Nonfiction Scenarios

Judge a Book By its Cover Page

Take a Close Look Page

We also have a Print a Standard pack for the RL 1.5 standard (fiction vs. nonfiction).  That can be found HERE.



2 comments

  1. I can't get the freebie on fiction and nonfiction to print.

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  2. Make sure you try to access the file on Teachers Pay Teachers using an internet browser. You cannot print from the mobile app.

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