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Pumpkins Informational Writing UNIT

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Pumpkins Pumpkin Themed Informational Writing First and Second Grade Common Core aligned

Pumpkin themed informational writing printables for October and November for grades one and two.

Please note that this file can also be found in our Fall Writing Bundle

Your file aims to give you supportive materials to complement your informational/explanatory writing and social studies program. This resource focuses on giving students a scaffolded, pragmatic approach to developing informational/explanatory writing skills. Your file focuses on writing about pumpkins and the pumpkin life cycle in light of informational Common Core Standards for writing.

~ Edit: The file now includes different header fonts that are more student friendly.

Common Core links for first and second grade:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts an definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.

*** This file is aimed at teachers who use the Common Core State Standards.

Print off the appropriate pages and bundle as individual books. Start from the beginning of the file and work your way through.

This unit should last around 3 weeks, depending on your students' writing competencies and how long you dedicate to writing each week.

There are six sections to this file and some pages are in color for you to use as posters alongside the printable worksheets.

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Student book covers boy and girl

- Section One – About Pumpkins

About Pumpkins section page
Pumpkin vocabulary
Pumpkin life cycle poster
Pumpkin life cycle fill in
How does a pumpkin grow? Number & label, cut & paste
What is a Fact? Poster
Pumpkin Facts
Pumpkin Facts and Non-Facts
Class pumpkins facts brainstorm
Definitions work for 2nd graders
Pumpkin facts label the pumpkin
Pumpkin adjectives (senses)
Yummy pumpkins (kinds of food)
Pumpkin decorations
Pumpkins are a fruit

-Section Two – About Info/Explanatory Writing

About Informational/ Explanatory Writing section page
What is Informational Writing? color poster
Why do we read or write informational/explanatory texts?
What topics could you write about?
Parts of an info/explanatory writing piece poster (b&w)
Super helpers to remember structure color poster
Super helpers to remember structure b&w
Parts of an informational writing piece pumpkin style
Parts of an informational writing piece pumpkin style cut & paste, order of structure
Pasting page for previous activity
Self-correcting page for previous activity
Informational/explanatory text features color poster
Informational/explanatory text features label from prev. poster
Grammatical features color poster
Linking words cut and paste
Present tense work
Technical terms work (label pumpkin)
Forms of inform’l writing (list, sequencing. etc)

- Section Three – Learning to write using structure

Learning to section page
How to for teachers
Informational writing example one
Informational writing example two
Informational writing example three
The topic sentence with helper; Tilly Topic color poster
Possible topic sentence examples
Topic sentences using vocab prompts
Breaking it down – whole class oral task
Pumpkin topic sentence brainstorm (enlarge)
Now I can write my topic sentence
The Facts with helper; Fiery Facts color poster
Carving up the facts (are, have can)
Just the facts please
I know a lot about pumpkins (record research)
Pumpkin life cycle record stages (1st, 2nd etc)
“ “ “ “ (first, next, then, after this) template
How does a pumpkin grow? Record stages in own words
Summary with helper; Super Sam Summary color poster
Super summary – What does restate mean?
Breaking it down, pumpkin style connecting topic sentences and summary sentences
We can summarize (using topic sentences)

- Section Four – putting it together

Writing our own info. texts section page
Pumpkin happenings; how does a pumpkin grow?
Pumpkin, pumpkin, how do you grow?
A pumpkin grows and grows
My pumpkin
I know all about pumpkins
Pumpkin patch
this is a pumpkin

- Section Five – blank templates

Blank templates section page
Blank templates

- Section 6 – evaluations and reflections

Evaluating section page
Pumpkin rated writing self-assessment
Student achievement notice Common Core

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via TpT or emma@cleverclassroom.com.au

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