Earlier this month, Richard Bryne posted an article about short Halloween themed factual videos forkids on his blog Freetech4teachers. With Halloween quickly approaching I am using these with my 1st and 2nd grades, and they are perfect attention grabbers! In both grades, I am focusing on teaching students to activate their background knowledge before reading nonfiction. I encourage students to build new learning, on prior knowledge. I show the videos to help activate background knowledge. We also read books about the topic and do activities to help facilitate new learning. I’ve included an outline of these lessons below.
1. Activate background knowledge by having students Think.Pair.Share information they already know about bats. I record the facts they share on the ClearTouch board. Together, we use their background knowledge to ask a question and extend their thinking about what they want to learn about bats.
3. We Read aloud Gail Gibbons book, Bats and recorded facts/answers to questions in the learned section of the graphic organizer.
4. Then we discussed the difference between nonfiction and fiction books and students used ActivVotes to identify between the two types of books with a flipchart.
1. Activate background knowledge by doing a class image brainstorm. Students viewed the image on the board and then shared facts that they already knew about the image.
2. I showed the Owl video from SciShow Youtube channel about Owls and had each team think of a question they still had about Owls.
3. We discussed the difference between facts and opinions and explained that facts can be proven. I explained that sometimes facts contain numbers because numbers can be proven.
4. I passed out the following sheet and students filled in the numbers to complete each fact about Owls, as I read aloud Owls by Gail Gibbons.