This resource will help your first grade students write informative/explanatory texts about insects. It includes a prewriting graphic organizer, sentence stems for writing a draft and fun writing paper for publishing. I have included links to some of my favorite websites that are appropriate for first graders to research and learn about insects. This simple writing project can easily be integrated into any insect unit.
Meets the following Common Core State Standards:
Text Types and Purposes:
W.1.2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
Production and Distribution of Writing
W.1.5 With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
W.1.6 With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration from peers.
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
W.1.7 Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of “how-to” books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions).
Table of Contents
Pages 1 and 2: Prewriting Graphic Organizer
Students use the graphic organizer (two versions included – lined or unlined) to answer the following questions:
What makes the insect special?
What body features does the insect have?
What does the insect eat?
What is the most important thing about this insect?
Page 3: Report Draft with Sentence Stems
Students complete the sentence frames with the information they have gathered on the graphic organizer. This can complete the insect report, or it can be rewritten on the paper provided.
Pages 4 – 11 Writing Paper to Publish Student’s Writing
These pages can be used for any type of writing about insects. Students can publish their insect report, or write about a favorite insect.
Page 12 Links to Online Resources
Use these kid-friendly online resources which include educational videos, ebooks and games to help your students learn about insects.
I hope you enjoy this resource!
Fantastic First Grade