Monday, November 25, 2013

Nonfiction Anchor Charts and a New Lapbook!

Guess what? I'm still alive!  It's been a really busy year for me.  Not in a bad sort of way, but just busy!  Learning a new grade is tough.  I am having a great time in fourth grade though!

We have been working on informational nonfiction in reading and writing workshop for the past two weeks.  Today, I just wanted to share some of our anchor charts from the past few weeks!  I like sharing my anchor charts because they never look as good as the ones on Pinterest, and maybe it helps other teachers feel better about their lack of artistic skills and bad handwriting! :)

Types of Nonfiction Text

Main Idea and Supporting Details with Table Analogy

Asking Questions

Writing a Summary Example

This was actually in writing workshop, we were learning different ways to take notes about their reading for our nonfiction writing!

I bet you can tell which ones I made ahead of a time and the ones I made with my class. haha!

One more thing, eons ago I posted an Animal Studies Lapbook to TPT! Since I have not posted in so long, I wanted to share with you guys in case you haven't seen it. It's perfect if you're studying animal groups, or just need practice reading informational text that is interesting to your students!

Includes 7 Foldables and Research Writing Activity 

Informational Reading Selections to accompany foldables. 

Quick Checks to Review Reading Selections!
I really enjoyed using these with my class!  We keep Interactive Science Notebooks, so we actually glue all of our foldables inside, so it's perfect for notebooks or lapbooks! 

Click on the pictures above or HERE to check it out at my TPT Store!

Oh and because I love you guys and I have been so absent, I'll give it away to someone!  To win, just leave a comment telling me the best thing that has happened to you this month! :)  Be sure to leave your email. I'll pick a winner on Wednesday! 


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