3-2-1 Chart: A Free Nonfiction Reading Center
At this center, students will read a magazine article of their choosing with a friend. Between our two classrooms, we have subscriptions to National Geographic Kids, Scholastic News, and Time for Kids. Last year, we both felt that they were wasted resources because we often didn’t have time in class to put them to good use. If we sent them home, many of the kids admittedly threw them away. UGH! To remedy this, we are putting our magazines to use with a 3-2-1 Chart!
They begin by writing the title of their article in the first box. This allows us to follow up if needed.
Next, they record three things that they discovered while they read the article. They can write them during or after their reading and can be the same or different from their partner.
Then, they record two interesting things. These things can new facts that they picked up throughout the article or things that they already knew but were still interesting to them.
They finish up by writing one question that they still have! My kids had such a blast with this today and are pumped to continue reading non-fiction articles throughout the school year. If you would like to grab this 3-2-1 Chart, click the image below to download a PDF version!