First grade is such a pivotol year for students growth and development in reading and this group loves to read! I have had the privilege of having them for 2 years, looping up from kindergarten to first grade with them I have watched this love for books grow to new levels.
As the year moved along, I realized that they all seemed to gravitate towards the non fiction books in the classroom.
They loved learning about real life things and being able to share their knowledge. No matter what genre we moved to for our reading workshop they always begged to be able to keep a few non fiction books in their book boxes.
Working with students in a lower socio economic community, you look for ways to help build background knowledge and enrich vocabulary across the curriculum. Lack of background knowledge is a huge hurdle for many children of lower socio econimic backgrounds. Lack of knowledge creates a struggle for them in reading comprehension, as well as the ability to grasp concepts in other subjects across the curriculum.
Nonfiction is a way to connect children with the world around them.
Fun and exciting nonfiction helps children’s informal experiences, gives them better vocabulary to describe what they see, deepens their understanding, and extends what they know into the unknown.
Vocabulary plays such an important role in academic success. It is the foundation for speaking, reading, and writing. Children are like sponges and they absorb new words, knowledge and experiences in the world around them. Nonfiction or informational text provides new knowledge in both learning words and connecting those words to related concepts.
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