This non-fiction writing unit sets out the elements of informative text and explanatory text in kid friendly language. Slides two through four compare and contrast fiction to non-fiction writing, including practice, sentences frames, and a one-page reading log for a week where students search for evidence to support that the text they are reading or hearing is fiction or non-fiction. They also compare informative/explanatory text elements with narrative elements in a Venn diagram with drag across text elements. By slide five, students are led through an explanatory study on how crayons are made, including a video link, worksheet, and directions on how to lead students to make the explanatory text their own. The next pages lead to links to videos on how to make pencils vs. colored pencils. Slides eight through the end contain a guide on informative text and writing reports on owls and bats, including animals facts, pages of videos, and website resources on both animals, and a Venn Diagram. After owls and bats, there are slides about spiders and another Venn Diagram, with a final "contest" where students can now study and write their own informative text to submit to a fictional magazine for kids. These projects are so interesting and engaging for the students…they won't want to stop writing and learning!