This Animal Research Journal Jot goes along with the Common Core Standards, First Grade ELA Unit 2: The Amazing Animal World. The Common Core Standard it addresses is: W.1.2. Write Informative text in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure. Overview: This Journal Jot is designed for the entire class to begin with the general Animal Research Journal Jot, researching a class animal together with teacher modeling/ guiding the research. In the meantime, students choose an animal to individually research, taking home the parent letter, and returning the Journal Jot Information Organizer back to school on a designated day. Once the class completes the Animal Research Journal Jot, then students begin their individual Journal Jots (give students the Journal Jot that matches their chosen animal: Elephant=Mammal Journal Jot, Snake=Reptile Journal Jot, etc. Students use the organizers completed at home to assist them in completing their Journal Jot at school. What's Included? Student-Friendly Learning Target, "What is research?" poster, Two Animal Topic organizers, Jot That Information Family Letter, Jot That Information Organizer, Organizing the Journal Jot (teacher can take notes on animal topics chosen by 4 students), Ideas for Closure poster, All About Me page, Journal Jots for the following topics are included: Animal Research (General one), Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Insects, Zoo, and Farm. Each of these Journal Jots contains 8 pages: Cover Page, Vocabulary Page, How do you spell? page, 4 pages for researching 1)animal characteristics, 2) diet, 3) habitat, and 4) fun facts, and "This is the spot for the Comment Jot" page, 9 additional pages of writing lines (to add to any Journal Jot), Jot That Thought pages, Home/School Connection, Letter to families, Journal Jot writing/ response (5 pages), Ideas for the Comment Jot, Animal Research Journal Jot Rubric for assessment, and Thank you and other information page. Thank you for checking out this Journal Jot! Check out my "How-To" Journal Jot which also goes along with First Grade ELA Unit 2 of the Common Core Standards. Happy writing to all!