⭐️ For your beginner report writers!
Animal reports are a favorite starting point for kids and teachers when it comes to writing a report. Most young writers will find that writing a report about an animal is actually fun!
This pack includes starter templates, writing frames, and vocabulary for writing a report about almost any animal. The friendly rubric makes writing a report less intimidating to hesitant writers.
20 animal photos have just been added to supplement students' report writing.
The pictures motivate students to write. But the templates are designed to go with almost any animal they choose.
The report writing pages are not specific to any one animal.
The vocabulary will also pertain to most animals. (See C. below.)
The graphic organizers and frames help kids go through the writing process with less stress.
Vocabulary words, which can be used as flash cards or word walls, are included for reading, defining, and using in context. The extra vocabulary words and banks will also help scaffold students and promote differentiated instruction as necessary. This may be challenging for some first graders, just right for second graders, and a just-right starting point for third graders who are hesitant to write.
Learning to write informative/expository writing can be a difficult process for children who have trouble putting words on paper. This should give them the organization and flexibility to think about and write about an animal of their choice. This includes a lot of scaffolding. But more skilled students can write their reports without those templates or writing frames.
"How to Begin" Suggestions for Teachers and Parents:
1. First, build schema. Present your kids with all kinds of materials that include pictures and facts about animals. Have them explore National Geographic for Kids, Time for Kids and the many types of media in the library, in the classroom, and online.
2. Show them how to take simple notes on index cards or use a graphic organizer (included in this packet).
3. Give them some basic content vocabulary words. Use the vocabulary that is included in this packet, which you can put on a wall, or they can cut out and put on a ring or place in a pocket folder, or envelope-- handy for when they start writing.
4. Pair them up! Buddy writing is helpful for many hesitant writers.
5. Share! Have a celebration share time after all reports are done.
6. Have kids elect an extension activity to conclude your animal research. One idea is to create dioramas (using recycled materials) as a final fun project!
Note: Take time to go through the writing process. This may take a couple of weeks or more--including reading aloud, exploring materials, and deciding on a topic/an animal to start writing about.
*SUPPORTS COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS FOR WRITING TO INFORM
~Model-Write, Buddy-Write, Independent-Write~
-Model and "do-together".
-Then have them work with a buddy.
-Finally, create another report independently.
A. A report cover (choose which one you want)
B. Graphic organizers for prewriting facts, the life cycle, and notes
C. Vocabulary (words such as: endangered, extinct, predator, life cycle, habitat).
D. Two different report writing templates with sentence starters and transition words to scaffold students
E. Opportunities for drawing, labeling an animal and its habitat
F. Writing stationery page
G. Rubric (simple, kid-friendly evaluation for writing and communicating ideas)
H. Animal pictures that students can cut out for their reports, or use as bulletin board posters (just recently added to this file)
*The colorful zebra-striped borders give this report packet a little extra wild animal flair!
This is mostly black and white--but the colored borders will turn out fine if you want do black and white for economical printing.
This resource was created to align with the Common Core State Standards for informative/expository writing, grades 1 -3.
Other standards for may be applied to this resource, but are not listed above.
*Printing Tip: To show more of the colorful borders, set your printer to fit to size and borderless. Either way, the download still comes out great.
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