The Common Core State Standards make a point to infuse non-fiction into the curriculum. Circle maps have been one way that I have tried to build on student learning in the area of non-fiction in our school’s media center this year. For story time, we talked about what we already knew about “chickens.” This information was included in a circle map and written in blue (see photo). Then we read a fiction story, Chicken Big by Keith Graves, and a non-fiction book about chickens. After reading, we recorded the new information that we had gained from our books on the circle map using a different color marker (red). As a follow-up activity with some of my first grade students, they wrote about chickens and published their work at Pen.io.