Read and model asking and answering questions using text evidence with the original text Who Lives on the Farm? in conjunction with the included interactive notebook designed to reinforce R.I 1. The text includes a cover, title page, a table of contents, chapters, page numbers, text, captions, photographs, and a back cover so you can begin teaching or reinforce these text features with your students.
Also included are headers to make a schema and new learning chart with your students. Ask students to brainstorm all they know about each farm animal before you begin asking questions or reading each chapter in the text. It will help activate your students’ schema. After you read each chapter, fill out the new learning section so you can guide students to compare what they already knew to what they learned from the nonfiction text.
Interactive Notebook Explanation
This notebook is designed to complement the Who Lives on the Farm? nonfiction text that precedes it in this file. You could project the text and read it whole group, or you could print it as well. I usually do both, as I like to have my students interact with a book-size text, but I also like to teach the text features individually, so projecting individual pages works best for that lesson. We discuss and circle the text features as we find them in the projected PDF.
The notebook contains two types of activities, an asking question notebook, which allows students to ask questions they may find answers to in the text and then use text evidence to answer, and an answering question notebook, which allows students to answer teacher-asked questions using text evidence as well.
This unit is meant to build kindergartener’s or beginning first grader’s knowledge of how to navigate nonfiction texts and how to begin asking and answering relevant questions about nonfiction. Kinders and firsties need explicit instruction on how to use text evidence to ask and answer questions (And how to navigate nonfiction texts!) so those are the skills this Interactive Notebook targets. The nonfiction text features targeted include: words, captions, photographs, table of contents, chapters, and page numbers. I included a who, what, when, where, why and how question to answer and the interactive notebook is set up to encourage the asking of those “w” and “h” questions.
I have included two versions of the Notebook. One is whole group modeling size, designed to be glued onto chart paper and used to walk students through the process of using an interactive notebook to ask and answer questions about key details in nonfiction texts. The questions were designed so primary students could draw pictures as their answers and label them, or write a sentence if they are ready for that writing skill. The other version is individual student notebook size, meant for your students to glue into their composition or spiral bound notebooks and do more independently. Choose the one that works best for your kiddo’s independence level, or model with the whole group version and then have students practice on their own as well with the individual version.