Unit 3: Nonfiction Chapter Books



  • Conduct an Animal Research Project. Research an animal and write a book with the information that you learned. Make sure you include a table of contents, diagram, and a glossary!
  • Learn about a topic by interviewing a community member and write down the facts you discovered.

Games & Activities:

  • Make a list of topics that interest you.
  • Read a nonfiction book. Fill out a web with information that you learned.
  • Put sticky notes next to interesting facts in your book. Share the facts! Write a book including these facts.
  • Draw a diagram. Make sure you label it!
  • Read a nonfiction book. List new vocabulary words that you learned.
  • Brainstorm topics that you know all about to write your own ALL ABOUT BOOK! Ask yourself, what activities, places or things am I an expert on? For example, minecraft, legos, Chelsea Piers, soccer etc. 
  • Choose a topic and plan! What do I know all about my topic? (Types of…how to…kinds of)
  • Build your table of contents! What are the different chapters you will include in your book? 
  • Read the mentor text Cuddle Up with Cats! Then, sketch and write across pages. 
  • Re-read your book after you write across pages. How can you elaborate to add more details to make your teaching more interesting and clear? 
    • Size, shape, color and number
    • Juicy action words
    • Labels and pictures
  • Make your writing READABLE! Edit! Check for punctuation, upper and lowercase letters and word wall words.


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Games & Activities:

  • Go to the library and do research on topics of interest. Write down facts that you learned.
  • Make illustrations of the words in the glossary.
  • Cut pictures out a of a magazine or newspaper and glue onto paper. Write captions underneath.


  • Create a poster that summarizes and advertises the nonfiction book.
  • Make a game board of important events or information in the text.
  • Make a diorama. Write facts about your topic onto index cards or write a book!

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