Category Archives: nonfiction

Share a Story, Shape a Future: Literacy the First Five Years Day Five

This week we celebrate Share a Story, Shape a Future. The theme this year is, “Literacy: The First Five Years.”  As part of Day 5, “Look Mom, I Can Read”, I share the following post:  Text Features with Kindergartners Last year, I plugged … Continue reading

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3-D Human Body by Richard Walker

Did you know that around five million cells die and are replaced every second?  This information and more can be found in3-D Human Body.  I’m always on the lookout for great nonfiction for both my own children and students.  This … Continue reading

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Motivating Reluctant Readers with Informational Texts

When asked what motivates them to read expository (nonfiction) text, children placed emphasis on three areas:  knowledge gained, personal interests, and choice (Edmunds and Bauserman, 2006). Informational texts tend to be a great motivator for reluctant readers for the three … Continue reading

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Real World Reading with Preschoolers

A few weeks ago I read a column in the Washington Post by Jay Matthews.  He lamented about how restrictive reading lists are for middle and high school students and how they haven’t really changed from when he was in … Continue reading

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We-View Wednesday: The Bones You Own by Becky Baines

I’d like to begin a new weekly link here at Literacy Toolbox.  It’s called We-View Wednesday and basically it’s a parent/child review of a book (as in “we” review it together).  I don’t make it a habit to review books … Continue reading

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Tying Literature to Math

Happy New Year!  I wanted to share a quick activity I did with my kids this morning that ties literature and math together.  I touched briefly on it in my last post, Nonfiction Picture Books to Read Aloud to Young … Continue reading

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Getting to Know Nonfiction: Choosing Nonfiction Picture Books

Young children love to learn about the world around them.  In the past, nonfiction that was available for young children was less than desirable.  Nowadays, there are wonderful nonfiction picture books that serve as fantastic examples for children to learn … Continue reading

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