First, everyone self selected a topic from the non-fiction books within the classroom.
Next, they read several books on the same topic, (to become an expert). Then they used sticky notes to mark 3 places that had similar information from 2 books.
After they had to combine the information into sentences or teaching points. Everyone created a poster, drew illustrations, and added labels.
Then everyone practiced giving their presentation to a friend or two.
The last step was the celebration where everyone individually presented their topic to a group of 4 or 5 peers. It was hard work, but everyone did a great job.
Our next reading unit is "Studying Characters and Their Stories".