As we enter into the Pow Wow season Kindergarten teachers are beginning to read and write nonfiction text. In reading, groups or partners have book bins full of nonfiction books. In the mini-lesson the teacher shows the children a different non-fiction convention each day such as a title, heading, real pictures, bolded words, labels... The children identify the convention with the teacher in several different non-fiction books. Then the teacher gives each group a bin of books for them to identify the same convention they are studying for the day. As the children go to independent reading, the teacher has each child fill out a page in his nonfiction Conventions Notebook (example shown below). She has prepared an example of the convention for the student to glue into the book as an example. The child uses the Conventions Notebook to refer to throughout this unit of study. At the Closing Meeting children share the examples of the nonfiction conventions they have found in their independent reading with their peers.
Most of the Kindergarten classes begin with an "All About Me" report, because this is the land of "it's all about me!" As students finish this first non-fiction text, they begin writing about the Native American tribe the class has been studying. By this time of the month the children have learned many interesting facts about their tribe that they can include in their report such as what they wear, what they eat, how they travel... Last night many of the children came in to build a Native American house with their family such as a teepee, wigwam, longhouse or chickee so many of them wrote about the housing of their Native American tribe today. Teachers are providing lots of share experiences and new information for students to use in their writing this week!