Because it received such an enthusiastic response, I published a follow-up post with sample book lists on January 5. After reading it, school librarian Laurie Nawor asked if I had a lesson plan for teaching the five categories. I suggested an activity for introducing them last week, and today, I’m sharing a second idea.
Reinforcing the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction Children’s Books
Remind students of the five kinds of nonfiction by sharing a few examples of each. (The sample books in this post will help you identify suitable titles in your own library’s collection.)
Divide the class into small groups, and encourage the teams to brainstorm a few characteristics of each category. Next, give each group a packet of sticky notes and three to six books from various categories. Then invite students to classify the books and label each one with a sticky note.
When all the teams have completed this task, ask each group to rotate to a different table, leaving their books behind. Students should review the books at their new table and discuss how the previous group classified the books. If they disagree with the previous group, they should add a second sticky note explaining their rationale.
Repeat this process until each group has reviewed all the books. Then have a brief class discussion about books that have multiple sticky notes on them. Finally, ask the students how knowing these categories can help them as readers and writers.