Read and model identifying the main topic and supporting details using text evidence with the original text All About Pumpkins in conjunction with the included interactive notebook designed to reinforce R.I 2. The text includes a cover, title page, a table of contents, chapters, page numbers, text, captions, photographs, a glossary 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 pumpkins. 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.
Vocabulary cards are included as well. You can post these in your classroom so students can use them as a resource to label their work or use them to correctly spell the vocabulary words in their sentences.
Interactive Notebook Explanation
This notebook is designed to complement the All About Pumpkins 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 file contains interactive notebook graphic organizers to guide students in finding the main topic and supporting details for each chapter, and for the whole text as well, using text evidence.
This unit is meant to build kindergartener’s or beginning first grader’s knowledge of how to navigate nonfiction texts and how to begin finding the main topic and details in nonfiction. Kinders and firsties need explicit instruction on how to find these (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, glossary and page numbers.
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 find main topics and details in nonfiction texts. The notebooks 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.