Fiction and Nonfiction Books: Fire Safety Activities

Looking for easy prep October Read Aloud Lessons?!  These October lessons plans contain anchor charts, scripted lessons plans, comprehension posters, student independent practice, exit tickets, crafts, vocabulary, and more.  These fun activities are perfect for learning about fiction and nonfiction text features and fire safety!

Looking for easy prep October Read Aloud Lessons?!  These October lessons plans contain anchor charts, scripted lessons plans, comprehension posters, student independent practice, exit tickets, crafts, vocabulary, and more.  These fun activities are perfect for learning about fiction and nonfiction text features and fire safety!


October is Fire Safety Month, so I like to incorporate that theme into one of our interactive read aloud lessons for the month.  We kick off the first week with the books, No Dragons for Tea and A Firefighter's Tools.  We use these texts to learn how to explain the major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information.  I also introduce them to the terms fiction and nonfiction, since those are the words they hear when they go to the library.  This week is so fun, because we usually have the firefighters come, and the BOOK BANDIT also shows up and wreaks havoc on our books!


Looking for easy prep October Read Aloud Lessons?!  These October lessons plans contain anchor charts, scripted lessons plans, comprehension posters, student independent practice, exit tickets, crafts, vocabulary, and more.  These fun activities are perfect for learning about fiction and nonfiction text features and fire safety!


Looking for easy prep October Read Aloud Lessons?!  These October lessons plans contain anchor charts, scripted lessons plans, comprehension posters, student independent practice, exit tickets, crafts, vocabulary, and more.  These fun activities are perfect for learning about fiction and nonfiction text features and fire safety!


I begin introducing the standard by watching this BrainPop Jr. video.  We then make an anchor chart together in which we sort different text features based on what we learned from the video.  I explain each one in a little more detail as we sort.  You can also make connections to books that you have read previously in class.


Looking for easy prep October Read Aloud Lessons?!  These October lessons plans contain anchor charts, scripted lessons plans, comprehension posters, student independent practice, exit tickets, crafts, vocabulary, and more.  These fun activities are perfect for learning about fiction and nonfiction text features and fire safety!

Looking for easy prep October Read Aloud Lessons?!  These October lessons plans contain anchor charts, scripted lessons plans, comprehension posters, student independent practice, exit tickets, crafts, vocabulary, and more.  These fun activities are perfect for learning about fiction and nonfiction text features and fire safety!


We spend three days on the book, No Dragons for Tea, and two days on A Firefighter's Tools.  This gives them exposure to a fiction and nonfiction text while covering a similar topic. Each day's lesson plans will give you the mini lesson, text dependent questions, daily task, and an exit ticket.


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I also print the questions on sticky notes that I place inside the book.  This helps me be prepared with my questioning each day during the read aloud.

 
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I have posted each week our anchor chart, mentor sentence, vocabulary, and comprehension posters.


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While an interactive read aloud covers many standards, I choose one as a focus standard for assessment purposes.  This week, we are assessing explaining differences between books that tell stories and books that give information.


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I chose vocabulary from both texts to focus on during this unit.  I include my vocabulary teaching routine that you do each day.  It also helps to add motions to the words. 


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There is an independent task that students complete each day. 
 
Monday: students do their own text feature sort.
Tuesday: identify characters, setting, problem, and solution.
Wednesday: make a text to self connection.
Thursday: label a firefighter's tools.
Friday: Book Bandit culminating task activity.

In addition to the sort on Monday, for the exit ticket, I gave each student a picture book.  They had to use the information from the sort to decide if their book was a book that told a story or a book that gave information.  I just had them write it on a sticky note along with one reason explaining how they came to that conclusion.  This was a great quick assessment!  I then chose a few books to share and we discussed whether or not we agreed with their thinking and why.  These then went into my book baskets that I showed you at the beginning of the post.  On Friday, we came back to these books for the culminating task.


Looking for easy prep October Read Aloud Lessons?!  These October lessons plans contain anchor charts, scripted lessons plans, comprehension posters, student independent practice, exit tickets, crafts, vocabulary, and more.  These fun activities are perfect for learning about fiction and nonfiction text features and fire safety!



Looking for easy prep October Read Aloud Lessons?!  These October lessons plans contain anchor charts, scripted lessons plans, comprehension posters, student independent practice, exit tickets, crafts, vocabulary, and more.  These fun activities are perfect for learning about fiction and nonfiction text features and fire safety!



Looking for easy prep October Read Aloud Lessons?!  These October lessons plans contain anchor charts, scripted lessons plans, comprehension posters, student independent practice, exit tickets, crafts, vocabulary, and more.  These fun activities are perfect for learning about fiction and nonfiction text features and fire safety!


We do the mentor sentence all week.  We identify different parts of the sentence and expand the sentence by adding additional details.  Students get their own sentence cut and paste to glue into their journal.  I also have them add an illustration to match the sentence.


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We label a firefighter on Thursday, since that is one of the text features of a book that gives information.  You may want to have early finishers describe the tools using key details from the text.


Looking for easy prep October Read Aloud Lessons?!  These October lessons plans contain anchor charts, scripted lessons plans, comprehension posters, student independent practice, exit tickets, crafts, vocabulary, and more.  These fun activities are perfect for learning about fiction and nonfiction text features and fire safety!



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Finally on Friday, when students enter the room they will notice that the books from our book bins are all over the floor.  The first year I did this, students immediately started picking up the books, and I had to stop them. ;) They were so good about cleaning up messes, but I needed this mess for our lesson!  Ha ha!  I would suggest putting some caution tape around the books to prevent that.  

I put this letter from the Book Bandit in the middle of the mess.  The Book Bandit had mixed up all of our books, and their mission was to sort the books by books that told stories and books that gave information.
  

Looking for easy prep October Read Aloud Lessons?!  These October lessons plans contain anchor charts, scripted lessons plans, comprehension posters, student independent practice, exit tickets, crafts, vocabulary, and more.  These fun activities are perfect for learning about fiction and nonfiction text features and fire safety!

Looking for easy prep October Read Aloud Lessons?!  These October lessons plans contain anchor charts, scripted lessons plans, comprehension posters, student independent practice, exit tickets, crafts, vocabulary, and more.  These fun activities are perfect for learning about fiction and nonfiction text features and fire safety!


I had each student choose one book from the floor to analyze.  They used the recording sheet below to explain which category their book fit in and three reasons that supported their thinking.  The expectation was to include text features from that type of book.


Looking for easy prep October Read Aloud Lessons?!  These October lessons plans contain anchor charts, scripted lessons plans, comprehension posters, student independent practice, exit tickets, crafts, vocabulary, and more.  These fun activities are perfect for learning about fiction and nonfiction text features and fire safety!

Looking for easy prep October Read Aloud Lessons?!  These October lessons plans contain anchor charts, scripted lessons plans, comprehension posters, student independent practice, exit tickets, crafts, vocabulary, and more.  These fun activities are perfect for learning about fiction and nonfiction text features and fire safety!


After sorting the books into their correct bins, students took an assessment over the focus standard.  I took a grade on this and the culminating task from the Book Bandit activity.  I always try to get at least two grades to record per standard.


Looking for easy prep October Read Aloud Lessons?!  These October lessons plans contain anchor charts, scripted lessons plans, comprehension posters, student independent practice, exit tickets, crafts, vocabulary, and more.  These fun activities are perfect for learning about fiction and nonfiction text features and fire safety!


We like to try to incorporate our writing for the week with our interactive read aloud.  For this week in particular, we did informational writing by creating books about firefighters.  Below is the can, have, are chart that we used to brainstorm key details for our books.  This is a great lead in to main topic and key details, which we get to later in the month with pumpkins and spiders.


Looking for easy prep October Read Aloud Lessons?!  These October lessons plans contain anchor charts, scripted lessons plans, comprehension posters, student independent practice, exit tickets, crafts, vocabulary, and more.  These fun activities are perfect for learning about fiction and nonfiction text features and fire safety!


Thank you so much for stopping by and reading about our fire safety and fiction vs. nonfiction unit.  This is always one of our favorite weeks!  Like I said earlier, it's a great time to ask your local firefighters to come in and speak to students and give a tour of their fire engines.  They love coming to visit the students, and it's a great way to get community involvement!  

If you would like any of the resources you saw in this post, you can click HERE or on any of the photos to read more about them and the rest of my October Interactive Read Aloud Lessons.  You will also get all of my DIGITAL SLIDES that I use to guide my lessons each day!  You can use them in Google or download them as a PowerPoint file.  


Looking for easy prep October Read Aloud Lessons?!  These October lessons plans contain anchor charts, scripted lessons plans, comprehension posters, student independent practice, exit tickets, crafts, vocabulary, and more.  These fun activities are perfect for learning about fiction and nonfiction text features and fire safety!

Looking for easy prep October Read Aloud Lessons?!  These October lessons plans contain anchor charts, scripted lessons plans, comprehension posters, student independent practice, exit tickets, crafts, vocabulary, and more.  These fun activities are perfect for learning about fiction and nonfiction text features and fire safety!

Looking for easy prep October Read Aloud Lessons?!  These October lessons plans contain anchor charts, scripted lessons plans, comprehension posters, student independent practice, exit tickets, crafts, vocabulary, and more.  These fun activities are perfect for learning about fiction and nonfiction text features and fire safety!

Looking for easy prep October Read Aloud Lessons?!  These October lessons plans contain anchor charts, scripted lessons plans, comprehension posters, student independent practice, exit tickets, crafts, vocabulary, and more.  These fun activities are perfect for learning about fiction and nonfiction text features and fire safety!











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