Informative Writing-Ocean Animals: A Research, Writing, and Measurement Project

Informative Writing-Ocean Animals: A Research, Writing, and Measurement Project
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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 animal silhouettes with each animal’s average length rounded to the nearest whole inch, foot, centimeter, and meter. 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 ocean animals that interest them, and you can repeatedly use the resources regardless of which grade you are assigned to teach in the future.

Materials Needed

A roll of black butcher block paper if not available at your school, rulers and yard/meter sticks, a USB flash drive to transfer the student research PowerPoint and Word templates to student computers


2 Teacher presentation PowerPoints to guide your think-aloud on
how to conduct research and write an informative paper: 1st
grade and 2nd-5th grade
2 Student research PowerPoints with website and video links for
each aquatic animal: 1st grade and 2nd-5th grade
1 Ocean animal research signup sheet
1 Ocean animal “facts at a glance” reference sheet
4 Rubrics with letter grade conversions: 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd-
4th grade, and 5th grade
4 Completed graphic organizers to guide your think-aloud: 1st
grade, 2nd grade, 3rd-4th grade, 5th grade
4 Written think-aloud exemplars to guide your informative writing
think-aloud: 1st, 2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th
1 Set of transitional words and phrases bookmarks
1 Recommended book list containing 71 titles with links to
4 Graphic organizers: lined and unlined with definition space,
primary-lined without space for definitions
1 Dictionary graphic organizer
5 Choices of bordered writing paper: 5/16” and 1/2” lined full and
half pages and an unlined page
3 Templates in Word for student typing: with headings, without
headings, book format
22 Ocean animal measurement cards containing animal silhouettes
and animal lengths in inches, feet, centimeters, and meters:
barracuda, beluga whale, bull shark, crab, dolphin, great white
shark, hammerhead shark, jellyfish, killer whale, lobster,
manatee, moray eel, octopus, puffer fish, seahorse, sea lion,
sea turtle, squid, starfish, stingray, swordfish, and walrus

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