Do you read non-fiction books aloud to your students? I saw an article today that made me think I need to read aloud MORE non-fiction.
The article is from Reading Rockets, and you can find the whole article by clicking here. The article is called "How We Neglect Knowledge and Why." (Eek!) The premise is that early childhood education has become so focused on the technical skills of reading that our students don't develop background knowledge.
Limited content knowledge (and vocabulary) may appear to be a reading or thinking difficulty. In a study cited in the article, increased exposure to informational text actually improved first grade students' attitudes toward recreational reading.
I know that our kindergarten and first grade teachers are quite focused on teaching reading skills and testing reading skills. And we all know that read-aloud time in the classroom has dramatically decreased over the last decade or two.
So...what would a non-fiction read aloud look like? I found a great YouTube video showing a teacher reading and thinking aloud about Bugs, Bugs, Bugs!
I know it seems like she talks a lot, but I think she has the students share off camera. The students were really engaged, weren't they? They were leaning in just like they do with a great story. And I can see that she is building skills as she reads aloud to her students.
I'm motivated to find a non-fiction book to share with my students next week. I know my students have limited background knowledge and need a boost. But what should I read to them?
What is YOUR favorite non-fiction read-aloud book? Please share with a comment!