Kids love writing about butterflies - - - and you’ll love the way they write using five different informational text structures! It's a great way to fortify your students’ understanding of purpose, organization, and key words too!
This activity provides a dynamic connection between reading, writing, and science. Students are given an authentic task: write five articles about butterflies for a magazine, each using a different text structure. Here are the steps they’ll take:
1. Think about different topics related to butterflies and which structures match them. For example, which structure would be best for explaining a butterfly’s life cycle?
2. Use graphic organizers to plan the articles.
3. Write articles using guided drafting sheets.
4. Select sheets for publishing from assorted formats. Color, cut, and paste related graphics. Write corresponding essays.
5. If desired, add cover sheet and staple together.
You can use this activity with the whole class, small groups, or individual students. A blank task sheet allows you to tailor the directions to your needs. Click on Preview to see key parts of the product.
• Task/Illustrations Sheet
• Blank Task/Illustration Sheet
• Text Structure Planning Sheets*
• Guided Drafting Sheets*
• List of Transitions*
• Butterfly Booklet Cover
• Assorted Page Formats for Final Drafts*
• Writing Assessment*
*These sheets are generic. Use them again and again!
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Butterfly clip art was created by Kari Bolt.