Nonfiction Book Projects

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Sorry for the lack of posting!  I have had 3 super busy weekends in a row!

My 3rd graders have been working on nonfiction book projects.  I gave them a pre-assessment to determine which nonfiction text features they understood and remembered and which I should focus on during our nonfiction unit.  First, I had students choose a nonfiction book to work with.  I had pre-selected books with the nonfiction text features we would be studying and were about 3rd grade level, give or take.  Students could choose one that was just right and of interest to them.   

Each week, we focused on a new nonfiction text feature and how it helps them be better readers.  Then, students would locate the text feature, fill out a mini book or other paper depicting the feature, and add it to their nonfiction book project folder.

Here is an example: 

 They did a great job! 

6 Responses to “Nonfiction Book Projects”

  1. librarylady

    I really like this idea! I have a couple of questions about the project. How did you make the folder? (Did the students make the folder themselves?)Is it two folders put together so that if folds in on itself? Also, how many students did you do this with? I am just trying to work out the logistics of possibly doing this with my 2nd graders, but I would have about 120 of them to make. Thanks for sharing this idea!

  2. Swersty

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  3. Unknown

    Thank you for this great lesson. I think I may be using this idea, but I was wondering about your pre-assessment. Please describe. At the end of this project was it used for a grade? Did you use a rubric?

  4. Anonymous

    Love this for teaching features of nonfiction. I just started using it this week with my 2nd graders, and they are really enjoying it. I created a rubric because that is required for all student work that we display. I have them glue it to the front of the folder. And the teachers can incorporate the grade into their ELA grades if they choose to do so. I modified it a bit to include different features and foldables. And they all have to include one feature of their choice that isn’t required, like a timeline, “read more”, amazing facts, etc. Thank you so much for writing this blog. As a 2nd year librarian, it has been a lifeline. Alexis in La.

  5. Jessica

    About how many days did this take you?

  6. mrslodge

    I spent a lesson each on index, TOC, glossary, diagram, and combined lessons on caption and did you know/fun fact. I did a whole group mini lesson on each text feature and then the kids added that feature to their folder, which used up my 15-20 minutes of lesson time.

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