I've done this project successfully with my 2nd grade class for many years!
1. Have your students select a person they would like to learn more about. Our 2nd Grade does this in February, during which time I allow them to select a past president or a famous African American. Pebble Go is a great place to do this, and, you'll have the option to print individually biographies.
2. Depending on grade level and academic ability, you can have students read their biographies first, or you can complete the Page 1 response sheet while guiding students towards the correct information in their biographies.
I've noticed over the past few years that students may need guidance with # 3 (they need to know to subtract their person's year of birth from the current year) and prompting prior to picking out interesting facts, as often, they'll only pick facts to pick facts, rather then picking facts of interest to the general audience.
3. Next, students transfer the information to the balloon response sheet and the ribbon response sheet.
4. I have students color in the balloon and the ribbon. If there's time, I allow them to trace the word in Sharpie first. If not, I just tell them not to color over the words. Students cut out their balloon and ribbon.
5. Next, we give students a large piece of cardstock or posterboard. We have them trace a partner for a silhouette, cut out the person, and design the person to look like the person they are completing their biography on. Crayons, paint, markers, yarn, construction paper, beads, pipe cleaners, and buttons are all excellent resources for students to display their creativity.
6. Once completed, I hang up the silhouette (Please see Page 4), the ribbon, and the balloon. I attach the balloon to the silhouette's hand using curling ribbon. I also have the students write the person's name and their name on a sentence strip to display alongside the silhouette.
This is a great way to begin exposure to extracting facts from research and biographies!