Students will research recycling and write an informational paragraph.
Then they will use the information they learned about recycling to create a narrative story. They can use the facts they learn about their recycling to describe the setting and characters in their story and to create the plot for their story. ‘
Some students may choose to write a narrative by telling something that happened to them but add some fiction details. Many times, it is easier for a child to tell a story about something they’ve already done. Then they can add fiction details to their story. You could talk about realistic fiction if they choose to do the story this way.
They will write a poem about recycling and an persuasive letter or paragraph to convince others to recycle. Included are a paragraph and a letter that are partially filled in for students that may need that.
This is a great time to talk about fiction vs non-fiction. You can also talk about text structure as you complete the informational article, the narrative, the poem and the persuasive writing piece.
You could also have the students create their own book using their article, their narrative, their poem, and their persuasive letter or paragraph. You could put construction paper on the front and back and staple it or you could bind each book.
Student Planning Sheet – page 4
Grading Rubric for Recycling Project- page 5
Main Idea Organizer (blank)- page 6
Main Idea Organizer (with questions filled in)- page 7
Story Organizer – page 8
Sequence Organizer for Recycling Story- page 9-10
Grading Rubric for Story- Page 11
Organizer for Recycling Poem- pages 12-13
Grading Rubric for Poem-page 14
Organizer for Recycling Persuasive Piece-pages 15
Persuasive Writing Frame page 16
Grading Rubric for Persuasive Paragraph-page 17
Persuasive Letter Frame-page 18
Grading Rubric for Persuasive Letter-page 19
Other choices of writing paper- pages 20-25