It's challenging to develop skills in expository writing, also called informative writing. I invite you to try the free PowerPoint presentation to introduce students to this polar bears unit.
Before students can feel confident as expository writing experts, they need your guidance. Offer my explicit examples of how to write topic sentences for expository paragraphs. Before students are ready to inform, they will need many opportunities to write a Topic Sentence. This is a critical skill for long-term success in the Common Core ELA writing curriculum.
A good expository paragraph or essay begins with a well-written paragraph, which must have a good topic sentence. With my materials, your students see it's fun to write paragraphs about polar bears. They also learn science content through activities such as sorting polar bear facts and science vocabulary matching.
To meet the Common Core English Language Arts standards, second and third graders must collect facts from multiple sources and use facts to write expository paragraphs. They must be able to write clearly about their findings. That's where the graphic organizer and the strong topic sentence come in handy.
Get your kids writing for Common Core and help them feel confident about reading informational text. This packet is simple and has everything you need.
Free PowerPoint-compatible presentation
"I Can" poster
Topic sentence explanation page
2 teacher pages of example topic sentences (weak, strong)
Illustrated word cards
Topic sentence worksheet
Polar bear writing frame
Polar bear fact sort blank - (for cut and paste)
Polar bear facts complete - (for cut and paste)
Polar bear facts recording sheet (for student research)
Science content words and definitions
Science content matching activity
Teacher/student writing conference form
Cooperative Learning - peer editing form
Why Polar Bears Rock! printable
Polar bear acrostic
Bonus Math Worksheet:
"Weighing in on Polar Bears" worksheet (read and interpret a table to answer 3 math questions)
You can find similar material for spring and summer by checking out my new unit: "A Wormy Spring" by clicking here!
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