Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Interactive Animal Research

It. is. done.  O.M.G.  I can't believe it.  It feels like the kids have been working on this forever.  Let's blame the snow days and the 'I need to change this a bit', 'I forgot my camera to take good pictures' or 'I watch too much TV instead of working' :)

The kids really liked it!  I tweaked it a billion times, I added a few things, and by now, I am happy to say it was a success.  We are saving them for conferences, because, well, they are that cool :)

Animals are always a big hit when it comes to research. Making it interactive added a nice touch to the entire process.

The kids began by choosing an animal they did not know much about. This way when they reflected on their learning, they realized how much one can learn from other sources.


Two file folders get transformed into an interactive animal project. Kids choose an animal, get books from the library and use all the templates to create a draft.   Then use the interactive templates to complete and glue to their file folders.  If you do not want to use file folders, you can always use construction paper or glue right onto any other interactive notebooks you may have.

Sticky notes, nonfiction text, folders, scissors, glue, crayons and color pencil are the magic ingredients. 

Draft templates and more nonfiction reading included :)


Final animal reports using strong beginnings, details, facts and a closing sentence.  Informational writing  at its best. 

How you do teach informational writing?  

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3 comments:

  1. I love seeing kids get excited about learning new information when writing informational writing! Their little faces light up!
    Liz
    teachinginthevalley@gmail.com

    Here's the link to the pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/11540542769710615/

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    1. Check your e-mail. Thanks for the pin!
      Tania :)

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  2. I love the file folder idea! You've done a LOT of work on this! We are getting ready to start our 12 week lesson on tundra and grassland biomes ...we always finish it off with animal reports. The students always have such a great time and are truly amazed they they can successfully write a 3-4 page report!

    I pinned this so I can share with my team :)
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/119697302570854564/

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