In Reading Workshop, Second Grade readers have been bursting with excitement as we have kicked off our current unit of study on non-fiction. Children began the unit by thinking about all that they already know about non-fiction books, focusing on the various characteristics of non-fiction books that distinguish them from fiction. Children know that non-fiction books contain facts and “true” information about an almost endless range of topics, from dogs and cats to elephants, rainforests, cars, and famous people. All three Second Grade classes have spent time studying a range of non-fiction texts and identifying common non-fiction features such as a Table of Contents, glossary, real pictures, maps, diagrams, captions, headings, bold words and an index. Children are also learning how to use these non-fiction features in a deliberate way to guide their reading and make meaning of content. Be sure to ask your child about the non-fiction texts and topics that he or she has been exploring in class. Almost as much as they love discovering new information and facts, children love sharing the knowledge that they have gained from reading non-fiction!