This packet is what I give to my students at the beginning of our informational writing unit! It includes the writing process for them to reference and within each step a detailed explanation. There are also examples throughout each step.
I also have included in my packet the topics for them to choose. I require them to write about 4th grade Science Standards to help them review for their SOL's at the end of the year.
P.S. I have stations within my science instruction and 1 station is allowing them to go down to the library by themselves to help them research. They love it and the independence!