Are you looking for spring activities that will help your students access the Common Core standards? I have updated this new unit to include connections to Earth Day! Students will quickly learn that worms are decomposers, and they play an important role in enriching the soil for plants.
Get second graders or third graders excited about spring activities and expository writing. You can write about the relationship between worms and plants and other organisms that live in the soil. Perhaps, you will use Earth Day as the hook.
Earthworms are, after all, good examples of how garbage can be made into something worthwhile, essential for plant growth. Also, earthworms will digest live and dead matter from plants and animals that live in the soil.
Help your students think carefully about how people can be more like worms. We need to break down garbage into less harmful substances before putting them into the landfill just like worms decompose plant and animal matter. Every day is Earth Day. We need to reuse and recycle as much waste as we can.
Teach students how to write excellent expository writing paragraphs about worms. They need to learn how to plan and write an excellent topic sentence and then plan how to organize relevant facts under that strong topic sentence.
Modeled after my Second Grade Expository Topic Sentences Unit, my bestseller, this expository writing unit is full of spring worm activities and printables, perfect additions for your other spring activities in the literacy classroom.
Whether you are teaching parts of a flower, what a seed needs to grow, a chicken egg life cycle, bugs, or another unit, write topic sentences and expository paragraphs about worms and extend that learning.
Bugs, chicken eggs, flowers, and other plants and animal materials will be left in the soil where they can be decomposed by worms!
Students love to learn about worms, and you could even bring worms into your classroom to make this unit more enjoyable!
You will love the anchor passage about worms, which is my example of expository writing kid-tested and approved. This harder passage includes subject matter for reviewing main idea and compare and contrast as well as explaining/describing forms of expository writing.
Remember, students need good models of writing. If your students have any questions about why I wrote it the way I did, I am happy to help.
+ Teacher instructional materials (i.e. examples of weak, good, and best topic sentences)
+ Student recording sheet for sentence examples
+ "I can" poster
+ Worms Writing Frame
+ Worms Fact Sort (cut and paste) - could be a literacy or writing center
+ Worms Model Paragraph (original work by me, a teacher)
+ Worms Model Essay (four paragraphs - higher reading level)
+ Worms writing paper
+ Teaching tips
+ Worms fact organizer
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