The contents of this package provides teachers with everything needed to model the research process, model informative writing, assess informative writing, and provide a measurement extension activity. The differentiated resources accommodate the needs of students at various grade levels.
Use the presentation PowerPoint and a graphic organizer to think-aloud and demonstrate the steps of conducting research. A completed graphic organizer is included to help guide your think-aloud during the research portion of the presentation. Grade-level specific rubrics provide students with the criteria their informative writing will be evaluated upon and grade-level specific think-aloud exemplars enable teachers to model informative writing that is aligned to the rubric criteria.
The project concludes with an optional “actual size” measurement activity. The measurement cards contain pictures of dogs with each dog’s height in inches and centimeters. The measuring activity can easily be adapted to fit a desired non-standard measurement tool.
Once the research project has been introduced, students can be instructed to work independently, collaboratively, or with guidance from an adult based on their respective ability and maturity levels. The project can be completed as a whole group activity or as a writing center activity. Best of all, the students can repeatedly use the resources to conduct research on other dogs that interest them and you can repeatedly use the resources regardless of which grade you are assigned to teach in the future.
1 Teacher presentation PowerPoint to guide your think-aloud on how to conduct research and write an informative paper: 2nd-5th grade
1 Student research PowerPoint with website and video links for each dog
1 Animal research signup sheet
1 Dog “facts at a glance” reference sheet
3 Rubrics with letter grade conversions: 2nd grade, 3rd-4th grade, and 5th grade
3 Completed graphic organizers to guide your think-aloud: 2nd grade, 3rd-4th grade, 5th grade
3 Written think-aloud exemplars to guide your informative writing think-aloud: 2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th
1 Set of transitional words and phrases bookmarks
1 Recommended book list containing 69 titles with links to WorldCat.org
2 Student graphic organizers: with/without midline
1 Dictionary graphic organizer
2 Bordered writing paper options
1 Template in Word for student typing
28 Dogs for research: Beagle, Bichon Frise, Bloodhound, Border Collie, Chihuahua, Chinese Shar-Pei, Cocker Spaniel, Dalmatian, Dachshund, Doberman Pinscher, English Bulldog, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Irish Setter, Jack Russel Terrier, Komondor, Labrador Retriever, Mastiff, Pekingese, Pit Bull Terrier, Poodle, Puli, Pug, Rottweiler, Saint Bernard, Samoyed, Shih Tzu, Siberian Husky
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