Either gather up a selection of books in your home or classroom or have your child pick books off the bookshelf.
* Ask your child to sort them into piles
Once they have done this ask them how they chose to sort them.
This is a discovery phase. It will be interesting to see what categories they are using to do their sorting.
Ask your child questions:
- Why did they sort the books the way they sorted them?
- Could they think of another way to sort them?
- What is their biggest pile?
- Why do they think this is their biggest pile?
If they have not sorted them into fiction versus non-fiction (and this truly may be likely). You tell them there is another way to sort the books. Take the books and put them in piles of fiction versus non-fiction.
- Not real
- Author’s imagination
- Animals do things that people do
- Story Grammar: characters, setting, plot, beginning, middle, end.
- Tells a story
- There can be imaginary characters ( fairies, unicorns, cartoon characters)
- Point of view ( first person, I, me….. third person he, she)
- Gives facts
- Text Features: Captions on pictures, table of contents, glossary, index, may have maps
You don’t need to get too deep into it as it should be more of a discussion about books.
You might find that you have a great deal of a certain kind of book. One of the changes, when they went into the new standards, is that there was a switch to non-fiction books. Whereas most books read in the classroom were in the past primarily fiction, the standards have us making sure that we are doing as much non-fiction as fiction. I usually like to pair my fiction books with something that is true or non-fiction.