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Designed with third and fourth graders in mind, this animals resource includes materials for students to use while conducting research using nonfiction texts, as well as materials for the presentation of their final informational writing piece, in an Animals Lapbook.
To complete this project, students:
• read nonfiction texts,
• use a graphic organizer as a prewriting tool to organize their writing,
• write informative text in five paragraphs, including an introduction paragraph, three body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph, and
• create a lapbook as their final product, showcasing their research notes as well as their final written piece.
This could easily be adapted for use in lower grades, or with less able writers, where the expectation is a single informative paragraph.
Their research AND their final writing piece is creatively presented in a lapbook, with several options for assembly. Photos and clear directions are included.
Popular Lapbook Resources for Structured Writing:
• simple, clear directions for lapbook assembly
• photos of sample finished product
• templates for all cutouts and foldables:
- Cover pages: title & drawing
- Foldable with flaps: Appearance, Habitat & Diet, Interesting Facts
- Foldable with flaps: Ecosystem, Countries, Home, Its Predators, Its Prey
- Foldable with flap: Questions I Have About the _______
- Cutout: About the Researcher
- Cutout: What I Like Best About This Animal
- Cutout: I Couldn't Believe It When I Learned This!
- Cutout: Did You Know??
- Cutout: Books I Used for My Research
- Cutout: Illustration
• graphic organizer for 5-paragraph informative writing with prompts for each paragraph, tailored for an animal report
• lined pages with title for finished writing piece
Several Common Core Standards can be addressed with this project, including:
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.
Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details.
Provide a concluding statement or section.
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
Though reading standards are not specifically addressed in this project, the opportunity exists to address several Common Core Reading: Informational Text >> Grade 3 standards.
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