Comprehending NonFiction: Kindergarten

Some of our kindergartens have been in the midst of a non-fiction study.  We started thinking about ways that our young kinders could support their own comprehension in the non-fiction work.  We came up with three solid strategies for them.  Then we make a quick chart to support the work.

Finally, our teachers began using the three strategies during Read Aloud and Shared Reading as a way of introducing the work to the students.

One way readers better understand non-fiction is by sketching it. (icon = crayon) We asked our students to make quick sketches on whiteboards or on paper.  This was especially good for mapping  or diagramming types of comprehension.

One way readers better understand non-fiction is by acting it out — act out the sharks movement of “latching on and swallowing” (icon = stick figure with floppy arms)  In this instance, we had students physically get up and act out what we had just read in the text.  This brought deeper comprehension of verbs and of sequences of actions.

One way readers better understand non-fiction is by teaching it to a friend (icon = teacher).  In this strategy, we asked our young readers to turn on their teacher voice and explain to a friend what they had just read.