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
1 long session (45 minutes) or 2 shorter sessions
  • 10 fiction books
  • 10 nonfiction books
  • Prepared storybook (see 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.
  1. Place about 20 easy-to-read fiction and nonfiction books on a table for children.
  2. Ask students to sort the books into a fiction pile and a nonfiction pile. (Sorting also ties to math)
  3. When this activity is complete, have children give their reasons for each sort, thus reviewing what they learned about the differences between fiction and nonfiction.
  4. Next, explain that books are not always either all fiction or all nonfiction. Some books contain real facts but in a fictional story. Read aloud the children's story you prepared that includes both fiction and nonfiction elements. Have children just listen the first time you read it.
  5. Re-read your story but this time ask children to raise their hands to signal that they heard something that was either fiction or nonfiction.
  • 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?
This lesson plan presented by Denise Bieniek


AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner


Next Generation Science Standards


Common Core Connections

Reading for information
Recognizing fiction and nonfiction resources
Language and Literacy
  Fictional Elements
Grade Level(s)
• 1st Grade
• 2nd Grade