Grade: Grade 1
Subject: Media Center
Learning about an Author/Illustrator
Fiction vs. Nonfiction
Learning about Bats
What is an author? What is an illustrator? What does it mean if they are both?

Vocabulary Words from story:
inky (dark)
feasted (eaten)
ajar (open)
eager (excited)
flutter (fly)
duplicate (copy)
play-exhausted (tired of playing)
coax (gently trick)
pup (baby bat)
pale (light)

Expected Outcome Of This Lesson Plan-
1. Students learn the difference between nonfiction and fiction and can apply it to their books.
2. Students learn new vocabulary words.
3. Students learn about an author/illustrator.
4. Students learn information about bats.
Teacher Objectives-
1. Students will verbally share the difference between fiction and nonfiction.
2. Students will use clues to verbally answer which books are fiction and which books are nonfiction.

Information Literacy: Library Organization (grade 1):
Benchmark C: Understand that library books and materials are housed in specific areas of the library media center.
2. Know that some books are true and others are make-believe (e.g., nonfiction and fiction).

Benchmark D: Read and listen to stories for schoolwork and personal enjoyment.
2. Ask questions to help understand information found in reading material.
4. Know that authors write books and illustrators draw pictures in books.

Benchmark E: Understand what information is and use a process to find information.
1. Talk about the difference between factual information and fiction (e.g., what is real and what is pretend or make-believe).
"Bats at the Library" by Brian Lies
dry-erase board
dry-erase markers
variety of fiction and nonfiction bat books
paint sticks (for book-browsing)
bat handouts (for extension)
Teaching Methods-

1. Lesson Introduction-

1. Tell students about Brian Lies. Have them repeat his name. (pronounced Brian Lease)
2. Ask students what they know about bats.
3. Read Bats at the Library and go over vocabulary words as they come up in the story. Tell them to use clues to find the meaning!

2. Lesson Progression-

1. Guide the students when asking about vocabulary words and the bat pictures from the story. Tell them to use clues!
2. Show students an example of a fiction book and an example of a nonfiction book and share clues to help them decipher between the two.

3. Guided Practice-

1. Hold up books and ask students if they are fiction or nonfiction.

4. Student Practice-

1. Challenge students to decipher between fiction and nonfiction in their classrooms or at home.
2. Inform students that they can color their bat worksheet if additional time is allowed or they may take it home and tell their parents bat facts while they color!

5. Learner Accommodations-

1. Give students hints about using clues to find out the meaning of vocabulary words.
2. Prompt students if they are unsure if a book is fiction or nonfiction.
3. Allow extra time for students to tell us if their book is fiction or nonfiction.

6. Assessment-

1. What did the students learn about bats?
2. Did the students learn the difference between fiction and nonfiction when I held up the examples?
3. Challenge students by having them tell Mrs. Loth or myself if their books are fiction or nonfiction (when they come up to check out)!

7. Lesson Closure-

1. Thank students if they listened to the story quietly and participated when asked.
2. Ask students to tiptoe quietly like bats quietly fly around a cave when searching for their library books to check out!
Measuring Student Progress-
Students will be evaluated in class by room teacher.

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