Sorting Fiction and Nonfiction Books

Learning Objectives :

Inquiry Skills: Investigate

  • States the difference between fiction and nonfiction resources

  • Distinguishes between fiction and nonfiction books

Inquiry Dispositions: Effective Social Interaction to Broaden Understanding

  • Works in groups to create and evaluate simple information products

Language and Literacy

  • Reads for understanding

Duration :
1 long session (45 minutes) or 2 shorter sessions

Materials :

  • 10 fiction books

  • 10 nonfiction books

  • Prepared storybook (see directions)

Directions :

This lesson should come after students have been introduced to fiction and nonfiction. To prepare for this session, use a Powerpoint story template such as the ones available through Curiosity Creek to create a story for children that incorporates both fiction and nonfiction.

Assessment :


  • Are students able to successfully classify books into fiction and nonfiction?

  • Can students adequately explain their rationale for sorting?

  • Can students pick out both the fictional and factual elements of a story?

Credits :
This lesson plan presented by Denise Bieniek.

Standrads :


AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner


Next Generation Science Standards


Common Core Connections

  • Making inferences
  • Reading for information
  • Recognizing fiction and nonfiction resources
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    choice,Language and Literacy,Math,Physical Activity,Visual Arts
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  • Grade Lavel(s):
  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade
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  • age2
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