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Animal Report, Informative Writing, Lesson Plan, Non-Fiction
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Animal Report Lesson Plan for First Grade

Animal Report Lesson Plan for First Grade


In this lesson, students will learn a simple, kid friendly way to do research.  Their notes will later be used as they write an informational animal report.


In this lesson, students will learn to gather research for their animal reports.

Because this lesson has several steps, teachers will need to determine for themselves how much time to spend on this lesson in a given day.  The lesson may be spread over multiple days.

This is a face to face lesson.

Background for Teachers

Teachers will need to choose a simple informational text about an animal.  They will also need a blank piece of paper and a pencil.  Some teachers may like to use a document camera and projector or white board in order to provide a larger model for students to look at.

Students will also need a non-fiction text, blank paper and pencil.  

For the final project, students may need access to technology, more paper, poster boards and art supplies.


Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

Step 1 Goals and Outcomes

Learning Intentions:

Students will learn to gather research from a non-fiction text.


Success Criteria:

Students will create a written report or other final product to show what they learned about their chosen animal. 


Step 2 - Planning Instruction

Step 2 Planning Instruction

Student Background Knowledge

Background knowledge should be accessed by reviewing words such as:

research, non-fiction, habitats, food, young, and interesting facts

Strategies for Diverse Learners

Teachers may choose to organize groups or pairs of students according to their needs and abilities.

Step 3 - Instruction

Step 3 Instruction

The teacher will read through a simple non-fiction book about a chosen animal.

Next the teacher will tell students that they will look through the book again together, but this time they will be looking for specific information.  They will look for the animal's habitat, food, information about the animal's babies and other fun facts. This information will later be used to create a final project.

Before going through the book a second time, the teacher will model how to make a note taking template.  The teacher will show students how to fold a blank piece of paper in half and then in half again making sure to crease the paper at each fold.  The students will then practice this.  Sometimes more than one try is needed.  When the paper is unfolded, the students love discovering that they have magically created 4 sections on their papers. 

In the middle of the folded paper the name of the animal should be written.  At the top of the 4 sections the following topics should be written:  habitat, young, food, fun facts.  

Now the class can look through the book a second time looking for information about the topics.  As information is found the teacher can model how to take aome simple notes allowing time for the students to write on their own papers.

Later, students will choose their own animal and follow the same pattern of researching and taking notes.  In addition to, or in place of books, students may want to do their research online using a kid friendly resource such as Gale found on Utah's Online Library.

Students should be sure to put their names on their individual papers and save them for the final project that will most likely need to be completed another day depending on time.

Final projects could include a written report, a book, poster, or multi media presentation such as this presentation about Zebras that was created with Adobe Spark.


*Teachers should remind students to use good digital citizenship when creating projects online.  Students must give proper credit when using pictures and other resources.  

Step 4 - Assessments

Step 4 Assessments

This assignment is worth 6 points.  Students must get all 6 points to achieve mastery on their final project.

Animal Report Rubric

Animal Name = 1 point

Animal Picture = 1 point

Animal's Habitat = 1 point

Animal's Young = 1 point

Animal's Food = 1 point

Interesting Fact = 1 point