Fact or Fiction by ECSDM
English Language Arts (NYS P-12 Common Core)
Elementary, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade
English Language Arts - Reading
Students will be able to:
- Determine which genres of texts may have factual and/or fictional elements.
- Distinguish between the factual and fictional elements of a text.
This English Language Arts lesson will allow students to distinguish between factual and fictional elements of a text. The Magic School Bus Classic Series is used to help students meet the objectives of the lesson.
Mini-lesson, 20-30 minutes
Technology Tools and other Materials
A variety of The Magic School Bus Classic Series texts
Fact and Fiction.notebook
- Go to Slide 1 and ask the students if they know what a fact is and what fiction is. Then have them think of some examples of facts and fictional information.
- Go to Slide 2 and have the students identify whether the different genres may contain facts and/or fictional information. (You may want to refer back to some books that the class has read together).
- Go to Slide 3 and have students come up to the SMART Board and follow the directions at the top of the page. Have the students identify which statements are facts and which statements are fiction.
- Go to Slide 4 and review what a fact is and what fiction is.
- Go to Slide 5 and review the directions for The Magic School Bus activity.
- Have each pair/group choose a Magic School Bus book.
- Have each pair/group take 4 sticky notes.
1. Students will work in pairs/small groups to distinguish between factual and fictional information using a Magic School Bus
2. Have the students use the sticky notes to identify 2 facts and 2 fictional pieces of information within the text.
- Have 3-4 pairs/groups share their 2 facts and 2 fictional pieces of information they found within their Magic School Bus book. Then have the pairs/groups Pair Share with other pairs/groups so all students have a chance to share their findings.
Students will continue this lesson by writing in their Reading Response Journal explaining what their independent reading book contains - factual and/or fictional information by giving specific examples from their book.
- Analyze students' oral responses during the mini lesson activity (Slides 1-4) to assess their understanding of the difference between facts and fictional information.
- Teacher observation of the students working in their pairs/groups while completing the Magic School Bus activity.
- Students will continue this lesson by writing in their Reading Response Journal explaining what their independent reading book contains - factual and/or fictional information by giving specific examples. The teacher will then read each student's response and have a conference with him/her and take anecdotal records during the conference.
This lesson can be modified in the following ways:
- Have the students watch a Magic School Bus episode from Discovery Education-Unitedstreaming.The students can listen for 2 facts and 2 fictional pieces of information.
- At the conclusion of the lesson, English Language Learners can make cards with the definitions of fact and fiction along with an example of each.