Fiction Book Genres – What Is Science Fiction

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Most chapter books belong to a literary genre called fiction, but we sometimes split those into more specific book genres, like science fiction, also known as sci-fi.

This video helps explain what are science fiction books and what is the science fiction genre for kids and elementary students (and teachers) studying literature genres, using animated motion graphics and Lego minifigures.


Lisa Fiedler says:

Love this for my 5th graders.  Please keep making them for the other Genres!  This one was a big hit!!!

pinksanddollar says:

Use a different intro

Rebecca Cole says:

Just wondering what app or software you used to create your videos. Looks like a lot of fun. My students would love to use mini figures in their own presentations.

MetaKnight964 says:

It’s kind of obvious some of the things in science-fiction aren’t real nor can they ever be, that’s why it’s fiction, not nonfiction. Also I hope you weren’t implying the fantasy genre is bad (not a fan of the genre jsyk).

Elisa Goldman says:

Great to show to my elementary library students.

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The Truth Channel says:

Weird, I didn’t know sci fi were things that could be real in the future. I always thought sci fi were stuff that is scientifically impossible.

Carolyn Hill says:

When I posted a link to this video on my library’s website for my students to watch for an assignment on Sci Fi as a genre, it would not let them view it unless they were logged in to a google account. Is that something you set up on your end? I would really like kids to be able to view it without signing in.

mary tremendous says:

It’s very interesting same like creativity.

Elizabeth Galaska says:

I.LOVE.YOUR.VIDEOS. I do genre studies with third grade every year and am in the middle of using your two videos for my students. My students relate very well to your videos because of how you use the LEGO characters. They have no idea that Harry Potter is fantasy and boom! Automatic connection with their toys to fantasy genre! Thanks…and how soon before we see realistic fiction, mystery and historical fiction?!?

Crazy Reactions says:

Make more videos please!

Neeraj Mohan says:

Loved both your videos on Sci-Fi and Fantasy! Thank you so much. Please do one on Surreal

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Michelle Poolaw says:

Love your videos! R u doing any more Genre videos? I teach 3rd grade and my class LOVED the Sci-Fi and Fantasy! Maybe a video that compares the different fiction genres? Hehe. Please!? : )

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Jennifer Owen Powers says:

I’m a school library about to teach genre for the next month – this is fantastic! PLEASE continue to make more in the series. 🙂

Marcie Fiorentino says:

Love it.  Thank you!

Jaycephus says:

“A lot of imagination goes into writing Science Fiction…”
Except for John Scalzi novels.

Elisa Goldman says:

Please make more videos about genres! I use them as part of lessons as a library teacher.

Know Fast says:

We really liked this video! It’s now featured in Know Fast (

Chris Bardsley says:

Great video!

jasonn_ 3143 says:

In the thumbnail,there’s a Lego world character

Sienna Moore Moore says:

this really helped me with my home work!!!!

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Andrea Garcia says:

Amazing video !

Beximus says:

Thanks! Helped alot!

Mika Davis says:

May I use this video as part of my library lesson on genres?

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Farfalla Jay says:

I have read 10 books on sf for the purposes of my studies and this quite resumes them all (well, the main ideas and what one will have to remember). Lol. Good job.

Sir Comet says:

what’s a gonrá

Randa Hassan says:

HAHA love this !!! thanks

WhatIsMyRealNameHaHa says:

I am an elementary library media specialist. This video works so well with my students! I wish there was one for every genre I teach them about!!

Nelson Belmont says:

If you search interviews from past science fiction authors, you will notice that a lot if their thoughts and ideas are now our reality

religieuse says:

My daughter and I were reading this togetherness. Great family book to read. Would recommend for 11 and up years old.

Dom1118 says:

Unfortunately, I see more and more “Sci-Fi” stories being written like literary fiction with small hints of science. I see this especially in contests. And don’t get me wrong, these stories usually have well written voices and descriptions, but also have no interesting plot. Sometimes, I see these contest winners barely being Sci-Fi—barely having the robots and aliens and spaceships in the plot. This frustrates the hell out of me. I’d prefer Sci-Fi to be more plot/action driven than literary.

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