I created this product to help my second graders conduct research about a mammal.
-Two pages for students to make notes. These pages have organized information into categories: Characteristics, Young, Habitat, Diet, Interesting Facts. There is also a place for a sketch of the animal and words that will be included in the glossary.
-Drafting pages. I have included A single page for students to write a paragraph about their animal. I have also included a drafting map that consists of three pages. The larger map is used if you want students to create up to 4 sections/pages and include nonfiction text features. You could use as many of the pages as you need to meet the needs and abilities of your students.
-Publishing pages. I have created 7 pages to meet your needs. I usually have my students create a "book" for our Author's Tea at the end of the year. This is one of the pieces they enjoy sharing the most. There is a title page, a table of contents page, and five other pages that can be mixed and matched depending on what your students need.
Although I created this for second grade, it could be used in first and third to satisfy research and writing standards.
I begin the research in a computer lab. We work from the www.kids.nationalgeograhic.com website. It is kid-friendly and easier for them to navigate. (I always have a student or two that go home and gather information online with their parents as well) I begin by introducing the website while they watch and discuss. Then, I schedule two days at least for the students to explore and take notes. I usually give them an hour for each session. You can assign preselected animals or let each student do their own. Then, we find that we often need to do further research in the classroom to find enough information. This is a great learning opportunity to talk about how when conducting research, you need to look in more than one source.
After the research is completed, I demonstrate how to turn the research information into a draft and students use the drafting sheets I've provided to write their paper. I link this writing to nonfiction text features we've learned about in reading and require my students to use at least two to three of them in their book.
We go through the processes of revision and editing. Finally, we are ready to publish. I try to give students the freedom to design the look of their book. I often laminate the cover and am always pleased with the outcome.
My hope was to create something that would be flexible enough to meet the needs of all my students while making sure they all are able to participate in the entire process.