Friday, November 8, 2013

10 Nonfiction Activity Ideas for Kids

After writing about the Common Core State Standards last month, I wanted to keep the ball rolling with activities to use with any nonfiction book or other informational text. Getting kids more engaged in reading is the goal, so here goes:

1. Create a comic strip version of the book or informational text. 

2. Make an illustrated glossary of terms.

3. Act out one or more important parts.

4. Make a game board of significant events or information in the text.

5. Write a list of things you learned then make a quiz for the class.

6. Write an imaginary (or real) interview with the author.

7. Draw and label a step-by-step process.

8. Create a poster that summarizes and advertises the book.

9. Take a survey of your classmates' knowledge about the topic then graph it.

10. Write how the info will affect your life. 

There are plenty of other ideas, just wanted to start a list. Having students create something in response to a book or other text is one of the best ways to make the information stick, don't you think? If you would like, please visit my Kids + Nonfiction board on definitely needs more pins added to it, so I'm going to go do some searches right now. Thanks for reading!

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Susan E. Goodman said...

Thanks Loreen, this is very useful along with the whole pinterest board.

Unknown said...

Glad you like it, Susan. It's gotten quite a few pins already, so that's always good!

Growing Smart Readers said...

This is absolutely great! Can't wait to use some of these nonfiction ideas with my kids! Reading more nonfiction is one of my goals for my kids for the new year! Karen

Gardfeld said...

Wonderful ideas Loreen! Thanks for creating such an amazing pinterest Board! :-)