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Non-Fiction Writing in First Grade

May 18, 2022 | Kate Streelman

“Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.”

This is one of the first grade Common Core standards that first graders are striving to meet this year.  Their informative text comes in the form of a non-fiction book about their chosen bird.

Each week, first graders spend time learning about an aspect of their bird: habitat, nest, feet, beak, and more. They take all this learning and research and turn it into a page of their book.

Get a sneak peek below of our unedited work!

Each non-fiction paragraph starts with an introductory sentence followed by detail sentences.

As they work, they use their research to check word spellings and add details.  Later on, they will peer edit each others work.  Then they’ll make final touches and add the books to their portfolios.

Kate Streelman

Lead Teacher, Fourth Grade

Kate Streelman is passionate about teaching. In second grade, she decided that when she grew up, she would be a teacher and she has written proof of this goal! She is a graduate of Eastern Christian Schools and Calvin College. Ms. Streelman grew up in suburban New Jersey and has greatly enjoyed moving closer to New York City. Prior to teaching at Mustard Seed, she taught in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Kate joined the staff as a first grade teacher in 2017. Every year brings new experiences, excitement, and challenges, and Ms. Streelman looks forward to them all. A shy student growing up, Ms Streelman loves the community of Mustard Seed and how easy it is to be a part of it. She also likes to find ways to help all students feel like they are a part of that community.

Outside of school, Ms Streelman loves to read, doodle and paint, and spend time with friends and family. She enjoys exploring the area, finding new places to eat and relax, and just going for walks.

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