Tier Two

Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District

First Graders End the year with Colorful Fact Books

By the time Todd’s first graders enter second grade in the fall they will be proficient writers. Students in Deborah Adelberg and Andrea Jacoby’s class created entire books, complete with a cover and a table of contents, to showcase their knowledge about a variety of subjects.

Students wrote non-fiction, books to teach others about a specific subject, or to give facts about it. Sports seemed to be a popular subject, but there was also a book about camping and one about animals, like the one William, one of the students, wrote. According to him, he chose animals because he knows a lot about them.

“I have read a bunch of books about animals last week - about spiders and about deer and elks, so I wrote all the facts that I remembered. I also like animals. I have a Goldendoodle named Rocky.”

Owen, another student, chose to make his book about lacrosse.

“I started playing lacrosse last year so I know a lot about it,” he said.

“We are going to read the books aloud during “writer’s workshop,” so the students will be able to see what everyone wrote,” said Ms. Jacoby.