Fiction vs. Nonfiction - Picture Sorts for Early Comprehension Skills

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PreK - 1st, Homeschool
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This set of 90 fiction vs. non-fiction picture cards (45 partners) is a great way to develop early comprehension skills in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade literacy lessons and literacy centers.

Your students will sort pictures of real and fantasy animals, plants, and objects. This resource also includes sorting mats which can be used as is assembled as a file folder activity. Easy to make - just print and cut!

How can you use these early comprehension cards?

Small group lessons

✅ Morning tubs

Literacy rotations

Speech and language teachers will find lots of opportunities for discussion in this set, including identifying details and comparing and contrasting

Language and literacy intervention lessons

✅ Move beyond the initial real vs. fantasy purpose of these cards and print a set to put in your writing center as story starters

Here's what teachers like you have said about this fiction vs. nonfiction resource.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Kathleen said, "It is always interesting to hear their thinking behind their responses. I found it to be an engaging way to begin our talk about fiction and non-fiction book characteristics. Thank you for sharing."

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Kris said, "I'm an SLP so after the student/s sorted them they needed to tell why a certain picture was fantasy - good vocabulary activity. Thanks."

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Catherine Ann said, "These were excellent. I used these for my "scheduled" observation with the principal! I got great scores!"

This resource supports CCCS 1.RL.5: “Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information …”


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.


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