Lesson Plan: Information Books (2nd Grade)

This lesson plan is inspired by a successful collaboration between a second grade teacher and my mentor Jenny during my elementary school placement.

The context: Second graders at Hampton will be performing a dissection of an eyeball (sheep’s, I think…lovely). Part of their assessment will include a labeled drawing of the eyeball.  Jenny offered to have the kids practice labeling something during their visit to the media center, using a kids drawing program called KidPix.

I thought this could easily be used as a part of a lesson on information books, as well.  Here it is:

Lesson: Features of Information Books

Grade: 2nd

Content Objectives:

  • Students will be able to identify different features of an informational book.
  • Students will learn how to label a picture.
  • Students will label 5 body parts on an animal using KidPix and save content onto their H: drive.

Readalouds:

  • Owls by Gail Gibbons
  • Penguins by Norman Barrett

Discussion/Smartboard:

  • What is an informational/non-fiction book?  How is it different from fiction?  Show a couple of fiction books about owls/penguins — what makes them fictional?
  • Discuss different features typical of informational books: pictures with captions, labels, pronunciation guides, table of contents, glossary, index, etc. How do these features help the reader?
  • Do both books we read have these features?  Show a chart that compare/contrast features of the two books.  Have students go to the board and “check” appropriate boxes. (Smartboard)  (Could include columns for fiction titles too.)
Owls Penguins
Pictures with captions
Labels
Pronunciation guides
Table of contents
Glossary
Index
  • Tell students we’ll be practicing labeling pictures today in KidPix.  They have to first insert a picture of an animal, then use the Line and Textbox tools to label at least 5 body parts.  Demo this on the Smartboard (asking students to help where appropriate):
    • Start KidPix.
    • Inserting a picture of an animal into KidPix.
    • Demo how to use the Line tool in Kidpix to add lines to their picture.
    • Demo how to use the Textbox tool in Kidpix to add text (or labels) to their picture. Show how to move the text box to the right place.
    • Use the Textbox tool to add a title and the student’s name.
    • Save the file onto the student’s H: drive.

Work Samples:

CAM01299 CAM01298

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