We spend a lot of time reading story books with the kids and both of mine knew how you held a book, where the spine should be and which way to open the pages and how to read it as when we read I would follow the words with my finger showing them which direction to read and how to read down a page and across to the next page in most books. However, we never really read a lot of nonfiction books and as this weeks #playfulpreschool theme is celebrating books I thought it was a perfect chance to do a Nonfiction Book Scavenger Hunt a fun way to teach preschoolers about the different parts common to nonfiction books and how to go about using them.
What you will need
A nonfiction book that includes contents and an index having a glossary is also an advantage
Familiarize yourself with the chosen book – so that this activity can be used for any book in your collection I’ve left the prompts open-ended.
- Become familiar with the parts of a nonfiction book
- Identify common features of a nonfiction book
- Start to use a nonfiction book
Nonfiction Book Scavenger Hunt Instructions
This is best done whilst it is quiet, using the prompts we sat down together and I first introduced the book, talking about how it’s read differently than a story book, that it’s called a nonfiction book and we use it to find out about things or learn more. We used an animal book that had a contents listing different types of animals, a glossary which described words that were new as well as an index of the animals in the book and the pages they were on.
T is able to identify the starting sounds of words and match the corresponding letter so we worked using that to first find a topic that would interest us in the contents. At her level, I read them out and then she said which topic she wanted to find out more about and we then found the page number and turned to that page in the book.
On the page, we read about the topic and then went back to the contents and repeated the process.
Next I asked her how we could find out information about a specific animal and showed her the index which listed the animals in the book. She chose a letter for an animal and we looked at the animals under that letter and found one we wanted to know more about and navigated to the page. We then repeated for a different letter and found a different animal.
The last part we looked at the glossary and I read a word and asked her what she thought it meant, we then compared her answer to the glossary. I then turned to a page in the book that I knew in advance would have a word in the glossary on and we read through until I came to that word and then asked what that meant. She didn’t know so I turned to the glossary and asked her what letter it started with and we then found the word in the glossary by matching the starting sounds and I explained the word.
In the Contents – read through all or some of the areas covered and ask for which one you want to learn more about – read the page number and navigate to the page
In the index – ask for a letter and read the words from that letter and then go to the page in the book and find the word from the index
Using the glossary read a word that you child doesn’t know and ask them what they think it means – then read the definition of the word
In advance find a page with a word that your child doesn’t know and is also in the glossary and read the information – when you get to the word ask what does it mean? Then go to the glossary find the word and read the definition.