We read Scarecrows and discussed why it is a nonfiction book. The students mentioned things like... The pictures are real, it has a glossary, it tells us facts
Then we read The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid Of Anything
This book is great for retelling . The students lived telling me all the things that happened.
Then we made our own scarecrow and wrote about what scares us. I chose Mr. Dennis (our principal). The kids thought I was kidding :).