Snowflakes Informational Essay Writing Prompt Common Core TN Ready Aligned

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Use my product to help your students write informational essays about snowflakes! You and your kids will enjoy writing about snow this winter using these resources. Everything included is Common Core and TN Ready aligned for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. Differentiate by utilizing the 1 paragraph model for students who aren't able to write 5 paragraphs. Grade them using the included Rubric. Display them using the cute snowflake-themed stationery.

Included:
1. Text 1: I wrote this text to give information about how snowflakes form and the conditions necessary for them to stick to the ground.
2. Text 2: I wrote this text to give more information about why snowflakes have six sides. It is useful when students elaborate on the shape of snowflakes.
3. Prompt and Tips: This is the writing prompt and a list of "tips" that students should follow to write their best essays. The tips will help them meet the expectations on the rubric that you will use to grade their essays.
4. Graphic Organizers: Help students visualize the components of an informational essay. Version A will help students write 1 paragraph. Version B will help students write 5 paragraphs.
5. Exemplars: Use my example to show students what you expect. Version A shows an example of 1 paragraph. Version B shows an example of 5 paragraphs.
6. Stationery: Lined paper with snowflake-themed graphics that kids can color; I included 3 different styles because they were all so cute.
7. Rubric: Grade students' writing using this Common Core aligned rubric. Version A is for 1 paragraph, and Version B is for 5 paragraphs.
8. Standards: All of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Common Core/ Tennessee TN Ready state standards are listed for you.

Common Core / TN Ready Standards:
3rd Grade
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2.A
Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2.B
Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2.C
Use linking words and phrases (e.g., also, another, and, more, but) to connect ideas within categories of information.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2.D
Provide a concluding statement or section.

4th Grade
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2.A
Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2.B
Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2.C
Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases (e.g., another, for example, also, because).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2.D
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2.E
Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.

5th Grade
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.A
Introduce a topic clearly, provide a general observation and focus, and group related information logically; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.B
Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.C
Link ideas within and across categories of information using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., in contrast, especially).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.D
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.E
Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.
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Snowflakes Informational Essay Writing Prompt Common Core
Snowflakes Informational Essay Writing Prompt Common Core
Snowflakes Informational Essay Writing Prompt Common Core
Snowflakes Informational Essay Writing Prompt Common Core