Kids often have difficulty transitioning from narrative to expository or fact based writing. Introducing nonfiction can be a lot of fun. Books like "Frog or Toad" by Patricia Lynch that Carolyn of the Wise Owl Factory reviewed on her BookaDay website is a great book to start off with.
This book helps kids distinguish the differences between toads and frogs. I'd read this book to my students and then have them list the likenesses and differences on the free template that Carolyn has posted.
I'd then ask the kids to use my NonFiction worksheet, to fill in the information they can, then get into small groups to compare their answers.
On Carolyn's site you can also have your students view a Frog or Toad Powerpoint presentation and a free likeness/difference template. Click on the Wise Owl button to see the review, PPT and template.
This free worksheet is best used with non-fiction books about subjects, autobiographies, biographies and other fact based books. Students can record facts on the sheets, about the non-fiction books they read and keep them in folders. Send them home at the end of the year as a surprise gift to parents!
Click on the sheet to download.