Second-Graders Sample Stories at Northwest

Second-Graders Sample Stories at Northwest photo

“Non-fiction is tasty” was theme in a second-grade classroom at Northwest Elementary School where students participated in a book tasting.

To begin the non-fiction unit in Reader’s Workshop, students on Nov. 5 visited the Smaulkner Café, named for second-grade co-teachers Jenny Smith and Kerrin Faulkner. With red tablecloths and teachers wearing chef hats, the room truly resembled a restaurant. 

There were seven tables and each had a different theme: animals, holidays, insects, people, polar animals, weather and vehicles. Each seat had several books on that topic for students to sample.

After five minutes of reading, students discussed the books with their classmates while also enjoying themed snacks like candy corn at the holidays table and gummy worms at the insects table. They rotated through all seven stations. 

Before their tasting, students learned about the different elements of non-fiction books such as the table of contents, headings, glossary and diagrams. Ms. Faulkner said that students will soon be creating their own non-fiction stories through Writer’s Workshop. Each child will be charged with selecting a topic to become an expert about. 

“The book tasting exposes them to a lot of different non-fiction stories to broaden their horizons and find topics they want to learn more about,” she said.