This unit involves six trade books, one nonfiction and one fiction for each topic. Topics covered are Rocks, Seasons, and Worms. The list of books needed are:
Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor
Rocks by Sally M. Walker
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
Wiggling Worms at Work by Wendy Pfeffer
The Reasons for the Seasons by Gail Gibbons
Sharing the Seasons, A Book of Poems by Lee Bennett Hopkins
For each nonfiction text there is a nonfiction text response sheet and a how do I know this book is nonfiction sheet. For each fiction text there is a story map sheet and a how do I know this is a fiction sheet. At the end of the unit I created an assessment that students have to cut and paste the characteristics of each genre on a fiction and nonfiction t-chart.