Students will choose an insect to research.
They will then research their bug and write an informational paragraph.
Then they will use the information they learned about their bug to create a narrative story. They can use the facts they learn to describe the characters in their story.
Some students may choose to write a narrative by personifying the bug. Others may choose to write a narrative by telling a story about people and a bug. (For example, they can tell the story about a time they went camping and got bitten by mosquitos or a time that they chased lightning bugs). Many times, it is easier for a child to tell a story about something they’ve already done. Then they can add fiction details to their story.
Students will also create a poem about their bug.
This is a great time to talk about fiction vs non-fiction. You can also talk about text structure as you complete the informational article, the poem, and the narrative.
You could also have the students create their own book using their article, their narrative, and their poem. You could put construction paper on the front and back and staple it or you could bind each book.
Student Planning Sheet – page 4
Grading Rubric for Bug Research Project- page 5
Main Idea Organizer (blank)- page 6
Main Idea Organizer (with questions filled in)- page 7
Story Organizer – page 8
Sequence Organizer for Bug Story- page 9-10
Poem Organizers- pages 11-12
Choices for Writing Paper pages 13-23