Each year our primary classrooms do an animal research project and, as teachers, we were always looking for a fun way for students to share the information they had learned while still practicing their writing skills. Enter: the magazine template! Not only do our kiddos feel so accomplished when they finish, they turn out gorgeous and worthy of placing in portfolios, student data binders and/or showing at parent-teacher conferences.
The kit includes 2 templates: one is set up for an animal research project and the other one is a blank version so that if you are studying space, the human body or any other science topic, your students can simply add in their own headings. I've also included instructions for how I teach my students this writing project. The pages include such informational text features as close-ups, captions, headings, an introduction to their topic, life cycle diagram and more. Even with all the text features, this is easy-to-use and can be broken down page-by-page so that you don't need massive blocks of writing to finish.
Some of the features my kiddos especially is making the maze and word search at the end of their magazine. The word search is a way for them to use their new vocabulary and they love feeling like this is a "real" kids magazine.