From Unit Plan: Teaching How to Read Nonfiction

These books together provide an excellent example of the variety of nonfiction, including notebooks and personal writing.

For sample lessons and great reproducibles:

Reading With Meaning: Teaching Comprehension in the Primary Grades by Debbie Miller.
This book has endless amazing ideas about how to teach all reading comprehension skills. I love what Debbie Miller has done to make teaching reading for 1st and 2nd grade have so much meaning and importance-content beyond just knowing how to read.

Classroom Tip: I use this book all the time to help me plan and create comprehension lessons.

Significant Studies for Second Grade by Karen Ruzzo and Mary Anne Sacco.
This book has great reading and writing ideas to help teach meaningful and applicable lessons.  Ruzzo and Sacco offer real-life, inventive ways to teach units of study.

Classroom Tip: The brilliant ideas here are totally applicable and interesting to teach.

Scholastic Charts: Important Features of Nonfiction
Reproducible pages that help you demonstrate nonfiction features.

Classroom Tip: This book offers a quick review of the different features. After the students have found them in literature and have recorded observations in their feature notebook, use the book's follow-up activities.

Teaching Students to Read Nonfiction: Grades 2-4
This is a collection of reproducible pages and transparencies which help demonstrate the features found in nonfiction.

The following books are great for students learning how to read nonfiction. They are all available in The Scholastic Teacher Store:

A Frog's Life Fiction/Nonfiction Set

Classroom Tip: This and all the book sets listed are excellent for the second lesson, on comparing and contrasting fiction and nonfiction.

Eating Habits Fiction/Nonfiction Set

Spiders! Fiction/Nonfiction Set

The Polar World Fiction/Nonfiction Set

Great Nonfiction for Grades 2-3: 15 books

This is a diverse collection of nonfiction books for your classroom. 

Classroom Tip: All teachers should have a collection of nonfiction books that range in topic from animals to sports to history. This set is a great jump start to your collection.