Animal Research Project | Google Slides Informative Writing Prompt with Videos

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  1. Engage students in digital writing with these fun weekly Google Slides writing projects. Students will practice common core writing with engaging prompts including narrative, informative, opinion and how to pieces throughout the year. ALL teaching videos are already included.. simply assign and go!
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Are you looking for a refreshing animal research project that students can complete independently on Google Slides? Students will write a report on animals and their habitats by taking notes on informative writing graphic organizers and templates. Videos will guide them step-by-step through their research.

This project is excellent for independent writing centers, digital learning, one-to-one classrooms, computer labs, homeschool teachers, substitute teachers, long-term subs, hybrid teaching, guest teachers, student teachers and the average busy teacher!

What is a digital writing project? Students will practice basic skills on Google Slides while working on this presentation. ALL TEACHING VIDEOS are included, or can be replaced with videos that you make. Simply assign, and students will be ready to go.

This unit includes 15 lessons across three weeks of writing.

Weekly Overview:

  • Monday: Introduction and Prewrite - Students will learn how to research facts and add bullet points to their graphic organizer
  • Tuesday: Draft - Students will write a hook topic sentence, 2 fact sentences and details to support their facts [Week One Goal: students will focus on adding definitions to their writing]
  • Wednesday: Draft - Students will finish their last 2 reasons, 2 details and add a closing sentence
  • Thursday: Revise/Edit - Students are walked through using a basic revising and editing checklist
  • Friday: Students are taught to add photos and to use a rubric to check their work before turning it in [Week Two and Three Goals: students will practice adding text features such as captions, headings, maps and diagrams into their slides]

What you get with the download:

A PDF linking to:

  • 3 Teaching Slides
  • Student Publishing Template
  • Teacher Example

This was designed for second graders, but can easily be adapted to be implemented in first and third grade classrooms.

All video links are also included, for troubleshooting purposes for districts that have permissions settings.

These lessons build on each other, so videos might go through previously covered topics rather quickly. If you would like the comprehensive resource, upgrade to the bundle.

A FREE subscription to Epic Books will help students with research, but is not required to complete this project. Any nonfiction tools that students have available to gather information will work.

Students having the Chrome Extension Web Paint will help with one part of this assignment, but it is not necessary.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.


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