Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Frogs: Fiction vs. Nonfiction

Earlier in the school year, Mrs. Proudman's class explored the differences between fiction and nonfiction by studying two different books about the Tyrannosaurus Rex.  In order to further reinforce this concept, we looked at both a fiction and nonfiction selection about frogs.

We chose The Biggest Frog in Australia by Susan L. Roth for our fictional frog story.  Warning: this story is VERY funny!  The biggest frog in Australia is extremely thirsty - thirsty to the point that he drinks all the water in and around Australia!  The other animals are sick of the lack of water and find funny ways in which to get the frog to laugh.

The Biggest Frog in Australia is a fictional frog story.

We discussed the reasons why this book was fictional.  It was obviously a silly story complete with talking animals and unrealistic situations.  Mrs. Proudman's students truly enjoyed this story!

For an accompanying craft, students were given the choice of making an origami frog or a frog puppet.  The finished products were amazing.

Frog puppets and frog origami were two craft choices.

Finished frog puppets!

During the library visit next week, we then explored a nonfiction book about frogs.  The books selected was How Do Frogs Swallow with Their Eyes? by Melvin and Gilda Berger.  The organization of this book was particularly helpful because it was organized into a series of questions and answers.  Instead of reading the entire book, we focused solely on the questions that Mrs. Proudman's students had about frogs.  We learned some interesting facts, including some insight into the title of the book.  Frogs are able to blink their eyes in order to push their food into their stomachs.  Kind of gross, but very intruiging!

Students in Mrs. Proudman's class then used paper plates for another frog craft activity.  This class is full of talented artists.

Working on paper plate frog crafts.

Three finished paper plate frogs!

We are all finished with our fiction vs. nonfiction activities for the year.  It was great to compare and contrast between these types of writing.  Mrs. Proudman's students are now hard at work on Voicethread book trailers for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin.  We will  be using the remainder of the school year to complete these videos.

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