Fall Writing Activity - The Story of a Tree - Grades 3-5

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Fall Writing Activity - The Story of a Tree - Grades 3-5

In this narrative nonfiction writing activity, students will write a book from the perspective of a tree undergoing changes in the fall season! Their story begins as a lush green tree, travels through the fall changes, and ends with the tree bare in winter. But don't worry, your writers will reassure readers that the tree will be brilliantly green again one day!

This is a fun, creative and informative writing activity for Fall, and a great interactive display idea for your bulletin board! It also hits several Writing standards across grades 3-5 ...#score

Students will love taking on the voice of a tree, and will inspire even your most reluctant writers to pick up their pencil and write!

Important Note: Students will need to know how a tree changes during fall to prepare for winter. They will need to be able to use scientific terms such as Deciduous, dormancy, cells, glucose, etc. There are many resources out there to help students understand the cyclical process by which a tree survives and thrives throughout the different seasons. This project is best completed once students understand the sequence of changes that occur during fall that allows a tree to successfully endure winter.

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Title Page


Zoom In: The WHY

Zoom In: The HOW

Zoom In: The Leaves (x2)

Zoom In: Winter is Here

Conclusion: What Happens Next?

All pages include specific directions, a checklist of “Things to Consider” and a suggested range of sentences. This makes it easy for students at all levels to work independently! They will have to "zoom in" on specific parts of the topic, challenging them to SHOW the reader, not tell. If your students need more space, simply print out another copy of the page needed and they can attach it into their book.

My books are set up with the writing on the right side of the page, and an illustration to match it drawn on the left. You can arrange yours however you prefer, or have your students choose how they want it set up!

A front and back cover page is included and can be printed on card stock paper for durability, if preferred!

Use this activity during your writing block, it works well with a writing workshop model. Or have students complete it during centers. I suggest beginning with a brainstorm of a tree (looks like, sounds like, feels like), as well as the scientific terms used to describe seasonal adaptations. I know this will quickly become a favorite activity that you use year after year!


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