Sunday, May 13, 2012

reading nonfiction using sticky notes (freebie included)

My first graders love to read nonfiction (mainly books about animals).

During guided reading groups, we pulled out the small sticky notes. I told them to put a sticky note next to interesting facts. Other times, I've told them to put the sticky notes next to things that they learned on a page. I've also had them put sticky notes next to facts that they think are important for them to remember. Then we'll go back and reread to together, sharing what they marked. They love using sticky notes! I give them a limit so they have to limit what they choose. (Otherwise some go sticky crazy!) I love using this strategy because it's an easy, concrete way to help with comprehension.

I usually use the sticky notes on their own, but I've also created this worksheet to use on occasion. You could have your students record the important facts on this page: 

 ...or this page, which has them find the main idea and then write the details on the "sticky notes".
Then, they could use those facts to guide them to write nonfiction.

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Check back soon for a post about nonfiction text features.


  1. My students love to use sticky notes. It makes writing so exciting for them. Thanks so much for the cute freebie. I will surely put it to good use!

    Lori (
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  2. PERFECT post! Fabulous strategy.
    Dragonflies in First

  3. The worksheet is a cute idea, since it looks like sticky notes. I had a hard time staying motivated to keep using sticky notes with older students because they stole them or played with them too much. They became more distraction than helpful. I think the form is cute though, and it would be cute on colored paper.

    ~April @

  4. These are totally rad. My kids are so into sticky notes and they would be all over any lesson that meant they got to have one! Thank you so much for the freebie!

    Kelley "Followin' You" Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  5. Thank you! I love these. My kids LOVE reading the non-fiction animal books too. This will be great!

    1st Grade with Miss Snowden

  6. This is just what I need. Thanks, Sarah!
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers

  7. Love the sticky notes, so cute.

    Super cute! I found my copy of the Book Whisperer again...never got to read it so it's a must do on my summer reading list!

    Oh hey, I couldn't find an e-mail to contact you about my blogiversary giveaway, I just need the name of what you're donating and a pic if you have it :) Thanks!

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  8. We used this idea last week. We are working on our final writing piece of the animal research paper. :)

  9. I make mistakes daily! :)

    Thanks for the great idea. We are starting animals this week - would be fun to incorporate!


  10. Thanks for the freebies!!