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Year 2 non fiction text lesson observation...HELP!!

Discussion in 'Primary' started by littlebluedove, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. HI,
    Im stressing about what to teach a year 2 class for the unit non fiction information text. I was wondering if ran my ideas past people, I could get some feedback.
    Here's what I have so far:
    After discussing what non-fiction means and looking through a selection of books, I will set out key questions on the smart board for children to answer
    when working in 2’s.


    Write down the title of your

    What is a Contents page? What is
    a Glossary? What is an Index?

    Does your non-fiction book have a
    contents page, glossary and index?

    Choose something to look at from the
    contents page.

    Did this page have a title, photo, diagram,
    different size fonts

    Look for a word that you do not know.
    Can you find the meaning of this word?

  2. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Sounds like a good lesson, I like the idea of them finding out answers rather than being told what things are.

    Wish my year 2 class were all able to read those questions, especially from an IWB.

    And wish they were good enough readers to be able to figure out what a glossary.contents/index/etc are!
  3. I agree with the poster above - I like the idea of a lesson but think it may be a bit ambitious for Y2. My top group would be able to read/comprehend/answer those questios, but all of the others would need an awful lot of support. Even if they can read it I think you will get lots of children who are not yet independant enough to actually do that activity alone.
  4. ok, thats really helpful!! :)
    so any suggestions I do for the non readers??

    How to I make this lesson better for middle and low ability??
  5. deanow

    deanow New commenter

    Could you have post its and children label the features they find? Sorting books/ pages from books into separate groups for fiction/ non fiction? Children talk to each other/ an adult about why they think a book is a fiction/ non-fiction book.
  6. Sorting books into fiction/non-fiction would be good - if you do this, make sure you are doing lots of vocabulary work and expanation of their choices.
    I find teaching non-fiction very tricky to make exciting, to be honest.
  7. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Maybe sort a heap of books into two piles, fiction and non-fiction.

    Ask how they decided.

    Get them to look in the non-fiction and see what is the same about all of them (make sure in advance they do all have a contents, glossary, etc).

    Ask what each part tells us, get them to discuss in their group.

    Scribe their answers/decisions on large paper.

    Review each group's thoughts in the plenary and come up with a final definition for each part.

    We do focus group teaching so an adult with about 8 children, meaning we could lead this as a discussion. If you do whole class work, I'm not sure what you could do.
  8. Half my issue with teaching non-fiction is that most children in Y2 are fairly confident with the difference between fiction/non-fiction, and understand what contents/index/glossary pages are from Y1. Whenevever we read an information book we discuss all of these things anyway, so spending a whole lesson focussing on this is a bit of a waste of teaching time, in my opinion.

  9. OK, this is what I have changed it to. I thinkit sounds ok... PS: This is with a class of 15 chdn and a TA.




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    be able to distinguish fiction and
    non-fiction and know the features
    of non-fiction texts.


    1. Note some features of non-fiction texts.

    2. Work in small pairs listening to others.

    3. Speak clearly giving reasons for their ideas.

    4. Make comparisons.


    is non-fiction? Look at a fiction and non book from my bag. What’s the

    does fiction and non-fiction mean? Write answers up on the IWB.

    Have a
    selection of fiction and non books. Hold up a sign saying words fiction and
    non. Invite children to hold up books and stand by the correct sign. Use a dictionary, cook book, animal book
    etc and selection of fictions books. http://resources.sparkleplus.co.uk/5000-6000/sb5829.pdf

    chdn are standing holding book ask: Which kind of book will I need to answer my
    questions? EG: What do lions eat? Where is Rome? What does the word ‘fragile’ mean?

    through the interesting non-fiction book. Will it start with ‘Once upon a time’?
    Will there be characters such as Little Red Riding Hood? Is this animal book
    going to have an animal that talks and wears clothes?

    Now I
    know what kind of book to use to answer my questions, how do I actually use the
    book? I don’t want to read the whole thing to find the answer to my question!
    Discuss features of non-fictions. What can you tell me about non-fiction books?

    at the slideshow (reiterating what they have just told me)


    In pairs, look
    through a selection of non-fiction books with a partner. Using post it notes,
    mark any features of non-fiction books they find and write what it is.
    Compare the difference between fiction and non-fiction books. Using
    writing books, write down their findings in 2 columns.

    : In pairs, look
    through a selection of non-fiction books with a partner. Using post it notes,
    mark any features of non-fiction books they find and write what it is.
    write in their English books all the features they found and their uses.

    through a selection of non-fiction books with a partner. Using post it notes,
    mark any features of non-fiction books they find and write what it is.
    write in their English books all the features they found.


    our findings looking through books marked with post its.

    what the terms mean.

    How is
    it different from fictional books.

    If time, sort out
    the extracts from books into fiction and non on IWB.


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