Kindergarteners Explore Fiction

The kindergarten students have been learning what fiction means.  They like to use words like fake, make believe, and not real to describe fiction.  I also add the phrase “from the author’s imagination” because fiction starts there.  To help them identify reasons a book is fiction we start by looking at things that are easily recognizable as fake:  animals talking and animals acting like people (dancing, driving cars, etc).  Then we dig a little deeper into that “from the author’s imagination” meaning of fiction.  The students have had a lot of fun last week and this week looking at fiction titles:  Pete the Cat and the New Kid, Here Comes Santa Cat, Ssh! We Have a Plan, and (my personal favorite) Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads.  When we return from our two-week vacation, we will investigate nonfiction books.

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