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Nonfiction Spanish Books for ELL Students

Posted by Sally Hosokawa on Jun 15, 2017 3:12:00 PM

ELL students in the reading classroom face two important objectives: they must learn how to read in accordance with the Common Core, and they must also learn how to read in a nonnative language.

In efforts to improve English fluency, some ELL classrooms focus their efforts on grammar and language skills. While no one denies that it’s difficult to read English without knowing English, repetitive language exercises prevent young ELL students from gaining knowledge through reading. As they miss out on the real world- and subject-specific knowledge gained through books, the achievement gap between ELL students and native English students widens.

Hameray’s Spanish titles allow ELL students to simultaneously gain content knowledge and improve their English. Mundo Real, Fábulas mundo real, Zoozoo En la selva, and Zoozoo Mundo Animal all feature Spanish nonfiction texts that deepen readers’ knowledge of the world around them.

For example, when Spanish ELL students read about gorillas and doplhins n a familiar language, they can learn important information. Then, by reading the English counterparts from Zoozoo Animal World, their comprehension and understanding of the English language deepens.

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For very young ELL students, Zoozoo En la selva offers simple yet humorous texts. For older ELL students, Mundo Real and Fábulas Mundo Real contain longer, more grade-appropriate information about social studies and science.

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One of the fundamental, often forgotten truths is that ELL students are just as bright, inquisitive, and impressive as any other student. Their unfamiliarity with the English language shouldn’t prevent them from extending their real-world knowledge!

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Click the images below to download information about Hameray's many Spanish series. 

 Zoozoo Mundo Animal Sales Sheet  Zoozoo En La Selva Sales Sheet  

Fabulas y el Mundo Real Sales Sheet  Mundo de los Cuentos Mundo Real Sales Sheet

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Topics: Zoozoo Mundo Animal, Spanish, ELL, Nonfiction, Fabulas y el mundo real

Reading and Understanding Nonfiction—with FREE download!

Posted by Hilary Gard on May 23, 2017 3:15:00 PM

Today's post features our new guest blogger, Hilary Gard, who is a 2nd grade teacher. If you like this post, make sure to check out her blog, Primary Planet!

Hi! I’m Hilary from Primary Planet and I am guest blogging at Hameray today!

Today, I am here to talk about reading and understanding nonfiction. Students often have a hard time remembering what they read when they read nonfiction. When we read nonfiction books together in class, we stop often to check for understanding. The books in the Real World series are a perfect way to make reading a “real world” experience!

One strategy that I use often with my students is to use sticky notes. Before we read a nonfiction (or fiction, for that matter) book, we stick sticky notes on every few pages. When we reach the sticky note, we say what we’ve learned from that section. Having students tell what they learned or teach a friend what they learned is a great way to for students to remember what they are reading about.

If we are reading independently, we write down what we learned on the sticky note. This is a great way to gauge what students are learning and remembering when you conduct reading conferences with your students.

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In this book What’s the Time?, the students read about different ways to tell time. We used a Nonfiction Notes Graphic Organizer to record the information we learned from the book.

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After we read and filled in our graphic organizers, the students shared what they had written down with their partners.

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You can get your own copy of the Nonfiction Notes Graphic Organizer by clicking the link below. 

>> CLICK HERE TO SEE THIS BOOK <<

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you and your students enjoy the little freebie!

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Hilary Gard has been teaching for 17 years, 13 of those years in 2nd grade. She is a children’s book collector and does a weekly book series called Book Talk Tuesday on her blog, Primary Planet.

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To download Hilary's Nonfiction Notes Graphic Organizer, click the left image below. For more information about Story World Real World, click the right image below.

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Topics: Real World, Reading Comprehension, Nonfiction, Hilary Gard

Zoozoo Storytellers Activities!

Posted by Cindy Price on Nov 29, 2016 2:58:00 PM

This is a guest blog post by Cindy Price, a first-grade teacher from Delaware. If you like what you read here, take a look at her blog at Mrs. Price's Kindergators, and be sure to check back here for more of her guest blog posts!

I love the Zoozoo Storytellers series! In first grade we are comparing fiction and nonfiction books as well as learning about retelling a fiction story and the importance of making sure the text and photographs match in a nonfiction text. The series is perfect for this comparison.

The books we read were Frogs and Frog’s Play. As usual, we began by reviewing the vocabulary. These books have such an awesome vocabulary bank. The text was perfect for my small-group and my low readers, but all of my kids gravitate towards these books! The one thing I love about these books is the fact that they increase my students’ self-esteem. The easy-to-read yet informative text was a hit with my kids!

We can use these books for many Common Core Standards. We can use them for point of view, opinion writing, compare and contrast stories, text to self connections, listening and speaking standards, as well as reading fluency and writing activities! 

The nonfiction book, Frogs, had awesome photos that closely match the text. This is an important feature for the books to have, especially at this reading level.

Here is the cover and some pages from the nonfiction book!

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Here are some of the things my kids did with the nonfiction text!

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We read the book and discussed the parts of a frog. Then they labeled the frog with the word bank at the bottom of the page. We also compared ourselves to the frog. What body parts do we share with frogs?

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We also talked about what frogs "can" do, what they "have," and what they "are." We made a large class chart as well as the children making their own individual chart to share with their families.

Then we read the fiction book Frog’s Play. My kids loved the bright pictures and the easy-to-read text. We read it once as a class and then they read it individually. All of my readers loved this book despite their reading level. I also put it in our class library and it has been a constant hit!

Check out the cute pictures and easy print as well as some of the activities we did using this book!

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After reading, we retold the story. First we retold it with a friend, then as a class. Then, depending on their abilities, the kids either wrote what happened or drew pictures for what happened in the story!

Then we did this fill-in activity.

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When we were finished reading both books, we also compared the two texts. The kids loved this entire mini-unit.

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Topics: Leveled Readers, Zoozoo Storytellers, Nonfiction, First Grade, Cindy Price

Ocean Life Study in First Grade—With FREE Activity Sheet!

Posted by Cindy Price on Aug 16, 2016 3:00:00 PM

This is a guest blog post by Cindy Price, a first-grade teacher from Delaware. If you like what you read here, take a look at her blog at Mrs. Price's Kindergators, and be sure to check back here for more of her guest blog posts!

What do all kids love? Animals, especially ocean animals!

In first grade, we are focusing a lot on nonfiction readers. Sometimes, it is hard to find a nonfiction reader that is right for all of your students. The nonfiction readers in ZooZoo Animal World's Ocean Animals Set, however, are great for all of your learners. Below, I’ll walk you through the lesson that I teach to my class using the Sea Turtle book.

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To begin the lesson, we always start with our Wonder Wall. For those of you who have never heard of a Wonder Wall, it is a place in the classroom where the kids can post their wonders and refer to them throughout the lesson. On a sticky note, students write one thing they wonder about or want to know about sea turtles.

After the Wonder Wall, I show them the cover of the book. The kids look at the cover and then turn and talk with a partner to see what they know or think they know about sea turtles.

After discussing the cover, we begin to read the book. I love the pages of this book because the pictures are bright and colorful, and the text is easy enough for all learners to be successful. With a clean page layout, the reader can focus on what the text is saying. 

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As I read the text to them, I stop and ask them questions. I also allow them to ask questions and to talk with a partner throughout the book.

After we discussed the books, we completed some activity sheets. You can download my activity sheets for FREE at the bottom of this blog post! I created an activity sheet for each book: Sea Turtle, Octopus, Dolphin, Shark, Seahorse, and Killer Whale.

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I love these books! I used Sea Turtle as an example in my post, but the Ocean Animals Set also includes Octopus, Dolphin, Shark, and Seahorse. We also read Killer Whale from the Arctic Habitat Set!

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Click on the left image below to download Cindy Price's FREE 15-page activity sheet about Ocean Life Animals! Click on the right image below to learn more about the ZooZoo Animal World Series that is featured in this post.

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Topics: Leveled Readers, Zoozoo Animal World, Nonfiction, First Grade, Cindy Price, Ocean Animals

Build Real-World Knowledge at Any Reading Level

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Apr 12, 2016 10:42:22 AM

Sea Turtles Informational Texts

Building real-world knowledge through informational text is a cornerstone of teaching and, as the Common Core explains, immersing students in information about the world around them helps to develop the strong general knowledge and vocabulary they need to become successful readers. But this doesn't have to be boring—you can make it fun and engaging!

Sending your students on fact-finding missions can be one way to do this. They can pull out a pre-assigned number of facts from informational texts at their "just-right" level and then compare the facts they picked with the facts picked by their neighbors. This encourages students to read closely to try to find the "best" facts about their topic.

If your unit is on animals, or habitats, or the ocean, for example, you could model this by taking a book on sea turtles and pulling out the fact that sea turtles come onto land to lay their eggs.  Depending on the individual student's reading level, you might ask them to pull out more or less complex descriptions of their facts. Having a wide range of informational texts at different reading levels but on the same or similar topics is helpful for this exercise. 

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Pictured above are an example of the lower-level Sea Turtle book from Zoozoo Animal World (guided reading level F) and of the book Sea Turtles from the intervention series Underwater Encounters (guided reading level S).

What is your favorite way of getting students to dive into informational text? Share it in the comments below!

To download information sheets with key features about the series shown in this post, click the images below. Zoozoo Animal World now features four additional habitats to those listed on the information sheet: ocean, desert, grasslands, and mountains.

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Topics: Common Core, Informational Text, Animals, Nonfiction

5 Ideas For Using Nonfiction Books In Writing—with FREE download!

Posted by Amanda Ross on Jan 27, 2015 8:00:00 AM

 

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This is a guest post by blogger Amanda Ross. If you like what you see here, you can check out her blog, First Grade Garden, for more of her writing.  

 Hi there, my name is Amanda Ross. This is my first guest post here at the Hameray Classroom Literacy Blog and I am so excited to be here with you! Today, I’m going to share with you a few ideas for using nonfiction books in writing. I used a few books from the Zoozoo Animal World Series, which are perfect for using with kindergarten or first grade!


1) Nonfiction books usually have amazing photographs and the Zoozoo Animal World books are no exception. Use these photographs as a stem for some descriptive writing! Have the students choose one specific page in a book and practice looking very closely at all the details in the photograph. Have the students create a bubble map and in each bubble write some adjectives or descriptive words/phrases that describe the photograph. The bubble map can be used as a starting point for writing a descriptive paragraph.

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2) If you use the six traits of writing in your classroom, one of the traits is "voice". A fun way to get students writing in a different voice is to have them imagine they are the animal from a book. At the end of Polar Bear by Lee Waters, the polar bear is lounging on the ice. Ask your students to think like the polar bear… What is he doing? What is he thinking? What will he do next? Have your students write a fictional story about the polar bear!

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3)  The Zoozoo Animal World books follow simple sentence patterns, which is great for weaker writers, especially since they can mimic it in their own writing. In the book Arctic Fox by Lee Waters, every page has the words “The arctic fox is…” Students can write their own sentences about the arctic fox using the same sentence pattern.

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4)  After reading a nonfiction animal book, students can use a T-chart to record information that they learned about the animal on the left side. On the right side they record any questions about the animal that they may still have. They can use this as a starting point for a research project on the animal!

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5)  The Zoozoo Animal World series has books about animals from different habitats and there are a few different animal books for each habitat. For instance, the "Arctic" habitat has books about arctic fox, polar bear, killer whale, puffin, and walrus. After reading a few books about animals from the same habitat, students can write an informational paragraph about that habitat! They can use the photographs in the books to describe the habitat and also list what type of animals live in it!

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Amanda Ross is a first grade teacher in Canada and has been teaching for seven years. The last three years have been in first grade and that’s where she plans to stay! She is currently on maternity leave with her daughter Zoe, but will be heading back to first grade in September. You can read more from her her at her teaching blog First Grade Garden.

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To learn more about Zoozoo Animal World, click here to visit our website, or click the series highlights image below to download information sheets with key features. To get today's free activity download, click the image to the right below!

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Topics: K-2 Literacy, Teaching Writing, Zoozoo Animal World, Writing Activity, Nonfiction, Amanda Ross

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