Here are the books John read. They are a mix of fiction and nonfiction texts.
I used a Scholastic nonfiction book about firefighters and Kim's Diving In unit for this lesson. First I read the book and we used labeled arrows from Kim's unit to label the nonfiction text features in the book. Kim's unit has a great piece on flamingos that can be used for this lesson. I wanted to connect it to what we were already doing so I used the book about being a firefighter.
After reading the book, labeling the non-fiction text features in it, and working with a partner to find examples of the features we made this anchor chart. All of the words and labels came from Kim's unit. I used examples from the firefighter book for our chart. Next week we are going to continue on through the Diving In unit and add on to it using Kim's Informational Writing unit.
On a more personal note, I just celebrated my 42nd birthday with an amazing surprise birthday weekend that made it the best birthday ever. I am very thankful to be 42 and to get to go to work each day and teach the little ones in my class.