Teaching writing is tough. Each year, I set out to build a community of writers, and it is no easy task. One of the toughest things for my students is writing endings. They always start out with catchy beginnings only to get bogged down and just stop at the end.
Friday, March 23, Animal Research Folder: Here is a triple circle map on the difference betweeen ecosystems, communities and populations. This kind of visual has helped some kids see the difference between the three. Picture refused to load horizontally and I refused to spend time trying to get it to From there I had my students pick a population of animal they wanted to learn more about.
We then set up our research folders. This is done with a piece of construction paper folded in half. I gave them the three research forms and they glued them in. Here is the front cover: I had the kids write the name of the animal in the center circle. Then they had to write down all the information they already know about that animal.
At the end of the research, kids will go back to this circle map and add what they learned from their research. The circle will probably not be big enough to fit it all! Here is the back cover of the folder: Here they have to set their purpose for the research.
We talk about how good researchers and readers have questions in their minds that they want to get answers to. This focuses their reading. Students write three I wonder questions down. The bottom portion of this sheet has a place for them to record their reference sources.
They will use one nonfiction book, one encyclopedia and one online research site. Here is the inside of the folder. They cut and glue the four headers to the top of the folder. These have the topic words: Next they get their reference book and a stack of post it notes and begin reading and searching for information to place under the four categories.
I love the New True Books for reference. They are easy enough for kids to understand and have all of the nonfiction text features we have been learning about. The kids will be writing a paragraph for each of the four topics so they need to get enough details under each.
They write words, phrases and short sentences that support the main idea.
I like using post its because we can manipulate the facts and move them around when we go to writing the paragraph. Some details belong together and can be combined to make a sentence. I added questions to think about under each category to guide their reading and thinking.
Kids have enjoyed learning about their animals! There are many great websites out there that are third grade friendly. I love Enchanted Learning because they include a great diagram of the animal with captions. Are you interested in having your students work through a similar animal research activity?
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Introducing Research Writing to 3rd Graders, a K-5 Common Core Lesson by WriteSteps 56, views. Share; Like The lesson plan for this presentation is found on our website in Third grade, Unit 6 on Research Writing.
This lesson plan features a version of the presentation that includes teacher notes for guiding the activities outlined in the. The third grade curriculum takes a step up, strongly emphasizing the application of skills developed in earlier grades.
The third grade curriculum provides more challenge, and while teacher support continues to be important, the students are now provided with many opportunities to learn about choices, to take increased responsibility for the quality of their work, and to be more accountable.
Updated Animal Research Reports + Wilderness Walk We study Colorado Animals every year and it is so much fun for kids to delve deeper into the animals we see in our area. I posted about our Publishing Party last year, and this year we did it a bit differently.
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This set draws on three texts about the science behind animal camouflage.