Students will choose an animal to research.
They will then research their animal and write an informational paragraph.
Then they will use the information they learned about their animal to create a narrative story. They can use the facts they learn to describe the characters in their story.
Some students may choose to write a narrative by personifying the animal. Others may choose to write a narrative by telling a story about people and an animal. (For example, they can tell the story about a time they went to visit the polar bears at the zoo). Many times, it is easier for a child to tell a story about something they’ve already done. Then they can add fiction details to their story.
This is a great time to talk about fiction vs non-fiction. You can also talk about text structure as you complete the informational article and the narrative.
You could extend this by having the students also create a poem about their animal.
You could also have the students create their own book using their article, their narrative, and their poem. You could put construction paper on the front and back and staple it or you could bind each book.
Student Planning Sheet – page 4
Grading Rubric for Animal Research Project- page 5
Main Idea Organizer (blank)- page 6
Main Idea Organizer (with questions filled in)- page 7
Informational Article Writing Paper-page 8-9
Story Organizer – page 10
Sequence Organizer for Animal Story- page 11-12
Story Writing Paper- page 13-14
Other choices of writing paper- pages 15-27