Polar Animal Unit {1st 2nd CCSS Informative Writing + Craft Projects}

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If your students freeze up when it's time to write, get them warmed up to the idea with this unit. Guide students through the writing process by teaching them how to research, brainstorm, write and edit rough drafts, and finalize their writing. Showcase student writing with polar animal and Inuit craft projects or make an end-of-unit book.

There’s no need to print all the pages I’ve provided! Save ink by just printing the pages your students will use. In addition to the black and white student printables, I’ve provided a separate pdf file of color resources that you can import into your projector for guided writing.

Decide which animals you are going to present. I’ve included writing resources for the following animals: Arctic fox, caribou (reindeer), harp seal, penguin, polar bear, puffin, Arctic hare, seal, snowy owl, walrus, orca and snowy owl.

This unit includes the following resources:
Additional Resources Lists of Literature and Non-Fiction Text Connections and Additional Informative Resources (links to websites and names of videos)

Word Wall Words and Pictures Display the word cards and pictures for student reference while writing and reading.

Native American People of the Arctic Research Web Record facts about native people who live in the Arctic. A writing template is included with the Inuit craft project.

Story Comparisons Charts Make text-to-text and text-to self connections by comparing the experiences of a child living in Africa with one living in the Arctic. As an extension activity, students compare their own lives to that of the Inuit child.

Writing Process Resources Templates for putting facts into word webs, writing rough drafts, editing, and writing “neat sheets”.

Craft Projects These projects can be stand-alone projects or used to showcase student writing:
•Inuit Person
•Arctic Fox and Hare on Tundra Scene
•Paper Bag Caribou
•Pepe Penguin’s Cool Facts Booklet
•Polar Bear
•Snowy Owl
•Orca on Arctic Ocean Scene

Book Making The culminating activity for this unit is to make books made up your student’s work for them to share with their families. There’s a book cover toward the end of the writing pages.

Writing Paper Options Be sure to take a look at your options before your start printing and copying. At the end of the unit, I’ve provided alternative paper with single lines for experienced writers

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58 color writing templates (printing optional) + 123 pages
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1 Month

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Polar Animal Unit {1st 2nd CCSS Informative Writing + Craf
Polar Animal Unit {1st 2nd CCSS Informative Writing + Craf
Polar Animal Unit {1st 2nd CCSS Informative Writing + Craf
Polar Animal Unit {1st 2nd CCSS Informative Writing + Craf
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