If you like using Literacy Centers/Daily 5 Centers like I do, you will love this for your Writing/Work on Writing Center! I like using these for my Work on Writing Center during my Guided Reading Time. You may want to let students pick which topic they would like to write about, or you may wish to assign a specific topic (either polar bears or penguins). This activity usually takes my students over the course of 2 school weeks. One week for gathering the information and a second week for transferring the information onto their report pages. For the first week, I make a class set of Penguin or Polar Bear Research Notes and keep at my Work on Writing Station. For the second week, I make numerous copies of the final draft pack stapled together. I have a “Books on Display” area and those books will focus on Penguins and Polar Bears for those few weeks. I have a few books of my own, but I often have to visit my school library. In addition to those books, I also allow my students to use my classroom computers to complete the research. My students love doing research on these animals! Enjoy!