Lesson Plan:

Nonfiction Reading: Learning and Recording New Information

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February 7, 2017
by Sara Ellsberg
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February 7, 2017
by Sara Ellsberg

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to re-read a nonfiction text at their level and write or draw three new things they’ve learned to share with a partner.


Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Tell students they are going to learn to share what they are learning in their nonfiction books with others by discussing three interesting facts with a partner.
  • Explain that facts drawn from nonfiction texts are truths verified by the author’s research.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)

  • Reread a familiar, short nonfiction text to your class.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)

  • Using the same text, model three facts as you would share with a partner.
  • Mark each page with a sticky note, modeling how to make a quick written note or drawing to remind yourself why you chose that fact. Include a question or two.
  • Model the Think, Jot, and Talk About Facts worksheet, and answer any of your students' questions.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Give each student the Think, Jot, and Talk About Facts worksheet and three sticky notes to record their thinking.
  • Have students get their familiar nonfiction book, start reading, and marking interesting facts. *Students then transfer their sticky notes to their Think, Jot, and Talk About Facts worksheet and share with a partner.



Enrichment Advanced students can double up more sticky note facts.

Support Students may use the same book, discussing their facts together before going off with a partner.

Technology Integration

  • Show your read aloud through a projector so students can see better (especially your sticky notes).


Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Walk around and check in with students as they read and share. Take notes on student understanding to acknowledge which students need more support.
  • Collect work and review for student understanding.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • Have students bring the book they want to share to the rug.
  • Model how to talk to their partner using a chart with sentence stems like: "My book is called…" "The main topic is…" "One thing I thought was interesting is…" "This was interesting to me because…"
  • Have students turn and share their ideas with a neighbor.
  • Close with a compliment for participants you noticed were successful in the exercise!

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