Honoring Our Presidents
In kindergarten, one of the units of study in the adopted core curriculum is Holidays and Celebrations. One of the holidays that it includes is Presidents’ Day with the emphasis being on George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. During this unit of study, most of the material presented in Benchmark is non-fiction, so it’s important to also bring in picture books and other materials to bring a balance to the unit. In kindergarten, we begin introducing the features and characteristics of fiction and non-fiction texts. The books that I have chosen to display can be used to not only teach about the presidents, but also further our exploration of fiction and non-fiction materials. By studying people, students also get exposure to biographies. What I have discovered through creating this display and researching these titles is that with picture books and literature written for young children about historical events, lines are sometimes blurred between what is considered historical fiction, biographical, and non-fiction. But with that, comes opportunities for teachers and students to explore texts and have discussions about what genre they think a book fits in and why.