I started off with a three week unit on Fiction (realistic, historical, scientific). Then I spent a couple of days comparing and contrasting the fiction vs. nonfiction. I just finished a three week unit on the Informational (nonfiction) genre.
During the week of comparing and contrasting my students completed a Fiction vs. Nonfiction Sort in their Reading Interactive Notebooks.
Our school has a subscription to Brain Pop and Brain Pop Jr. and I was able to show the BPJr. video clip on Reading Nonfiction. Then we used Scholastic Book Order Magazines and cut out books and students sorted them between Fiction and Nonfiction.
Our grade level has a subscription to Time for Kids. I waited until after my Informational Unit to dive into the magazines. While discussing nonfiction text features, I use old magazines and have students find example of the text features.
It's my first year teaching through genres so I'm still working through the logistics, I hope to share more about this method towards the end of the school year.
Links to Documents in this Post:
Fiction vs. Nonfiction Notebook Sort
Links to Free Fiction/Nonfiction Resources @ The Teaching Oasis:
Fiction Response Questions
Nonfiction Response Questions
Fiction Reading Menus
Links to Paid Fiction/Nonfiction Resources I'm Currently Using:
Exploring Nonfiction Using Classroom Periodicals
Genre Concept Posters
Nonfiction Strategy Posters
Fiction Strategy Posters