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Garden City School Library: Fiction or Nonfiction?

Essential Question

What is the difference between fiction and nonfiction?

Lesson 1 - Introduction

  • Discussion: Remind the students that we read Frank and Lucky last week. If Frank wanted to learn more about a topic like geometry or biology, would he be looking for a fiction or nonfiction book? What is the difference between the two? Where do we find the two types of books in the library?

    Watch this Harry Kindergarten video about the differences:

  • Activity: Give each student a book description (see file below). They must decide if it would be fiction or nonfiction and place it into the correct basket on a table. When everything has been sorted, read each description out loud and ask the class to decide if it's in the right basket or not.


Snail Crossing

Snail and Worm





Standards Addressed

AASL: 1.1.2 - Use prior and background knowledge as context for new learning; 1.1.4 - Find ...sources; 2.1.2 - Organize knowledge so that it is useful; 3.1.2 - Participate and collaborate as members of a social and intellectual network of learners

Common Core: RI.2.1 - Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text; 2MD.D.10 - Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories.