Read For Fun
The trick to using nonfiction well is to first give children the feel of the language (or story) by just reading it straight through with expression. But sometimes we are in such a hurry to teach the information, we forget! So don't worry about getting to the facts — invite children to experience the gestalt (wholeness) of the book first.
Reread for Information
Reread, taking time to examine pictures and discuss the information on each page. Talk about any new words and write them down on chart paper for later exploration and reference.
Write About It!
Hang the chart of new vocabulary words in your writing area. Add simple drawings, cutout pictures, or stickers to illustrate the words for easy reference. Provide book-making materials for children to write their own stories using the new words.