Lessons & Units

Genre Kindergarten Unit


Lesson 1 Real and Make-Believe Classify and categorize based on real and make-believe.
Lesson 2 Fiction Identify and describe a fiction text.
Lesson 3 Nonfiction Identify and describe a nonfiction text.

Unit Extension Ideas

  • Discuss whether books are fiction or nonfiction in read aloud sessions and reading groups. Have students explain how they recognize these genres.
  • In the Genre Studies Unit, discuss whether a book from a specific genre (fairy tale, biography) is fiction or nonfiction and how students can determine the difference.
  • Have students sort books in the classroom library based on genre and explain their reasoning. Create a class list of fiction and nonfiction books and post the list in the classroom.
  • Tell a story about a familiar activity (gym class), making one a fiction story and the other a nonfiction story. Ask students to explain the differences between the two versions.

More Books for Teaching Genre

Noisy Nora
Bread and Jam  for Frances
Let's Go to the Zoo
Harriet and the Roller Coaster
Martha Speaks
Koko's Kitten
Sheep in a Jeep

User Comments

I am going to have K students look at HALLOWEEN costumes to identity which can be REAL (doctor) or MAKE-BELIEVE (monster).
First introduction to GENRES.

That's a great idea! I had a self differentiating decoding center where kids sounded out the name of each costume (some were only recording beginning sound, others stretching the word). I could have them sort the cards as a final step. Thanks for the idea!!

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