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Using Non-Fiction Literature in Early Childhood

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Non-fiction sometimes gets a bad reputation for being complex and unstimulating, especially with younger learners - but it doesn't have to be! Join Leigh Anne Kraemer-Naser as she provides suggestions for choosing high quality non-fiction that will engage learners and reinforce your classroom instruction. She will cover the various text features of non-fiction, as well as provide an overview of instructional objectives. Leigh Anne will also share ideas for classroom activities that will help give purpose to using non-fiction texts in your early elementary classroom.


Status: Available On-Demand
Subject: Language Arts
Last aired on: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 @ 3:00 PM EST
Duration: 30 minutes
Credit Hours: 0.5
Categories: Early Learners, Reading & Writing
Tags: books, early elementary, non-fiction text, nonfiction. PreK-2, reading

Reviews (29)

Full Member
It was a great reminder of the text elements I can teach with nonfiction. Thank you!
Wonderful information.
Full Member
Great webinar! Lots of good information to consider.
Great information.
Full Member
It was nice to hear the difference between fiction and non-fiction
Thank you for all of the great information!! I agree on still using a mouse for the younger students for hand eye coordination!
Full Member
That was awesome. I must say my students K-5 love to check out books from the non-fiction section. You gave me some catch phrases to use and remember.
BTW LOVE The Watsons Go to Birmingham! Met Chris Paul Curtis many years ago.
Anyway, thank you!
Great information!
Full Member
I have always found that some students who have an interest in a certain topic are the ones who reach for the non fiction books even at a young age. Due to this, having a wide range of topics available to meet many students interests and giving choices may help students move from fiction to non fiction easier. It is definitely true though that students don't get the kind of exposure to truly make them successful in k-3 in most curriculums/districts.
I find the children in my K5 class very interested in non-fiction books. They are very inquisitive. They like hearing the big words and finding out what they mean. As mentioned in the webinar, it should be used in the younger grades, as by the time children get to 4th grade 50% of their reading materials are non-fiction material. By introducing non-fiction items earlier, it will be an easier transition.
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