Animal Report Lesson Plan
This is a lesson plan to introduce research and writing informational text based on this research.
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This lesson will help writers develop their research and writing skills. Children love to learn about animals, and this is the perfect way to practice writing informational text along with research study. In the end they will have made a "My Animal Research Book" to share with classmates and families.
Background for Teachers
To teach this lesson, you will need an understanding of UEN's Online Library - specifically Gale in Context Elementary and WorldBook. You will need to know the standards that are aligned with this lesson.
Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes
- Students will be able to pick one animal of their choosing, and research four facts about that animal, using the lesson template: Animals are, can, have, eat.
- Students will be able to write what that animal is, what that animal can do, what that animal has, and what that animal eats.
- Students will make a final draft of the Animal Report, stapling their pages together to make a book.
- Students will present their Animal Report to the class.
- Students will describe what their specific animal is, can do, has, and eats.
Step 2 - Planning Instruction
- Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of how to login to UEN's Online Library and find Gale in Context Elementary and WorldBook.
- Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of how to fill in their graphic organizer.
- Prior to this lesson, students will need to understand how to write a complete sentence.
Strategies for Diverse Learners
Some strategies for Diverse Learners could include:
Lower strategy: The student will complete the graphic organizer with Can, Have, Eat only.
Higher strategy: The student will write one more interesting fact about their animal to add to their Animal Report.
Step 3 - Instruction
Lesson 1 (Day 1): Students will brainstorm four - six animals that they would like to research. They will fill in the graphic organizer called: Animals I Would Like to Research. Once they have filled in their organizer, they will share with a partner their animal ideas and discuss why they would want to research one of these animals. At the end of the lesson, they will need to pick one of these animals as their choice for their Animal Report.
Lesson 2 (Day 2-4): Students will login to either Gale in Context or Worldbook to research their specific animal. This will be a 30 minute daily research time. They will be looking for information to fill in their graphic organizer called: My Animal Research Notes. They will need to look for two items in each section to complete. By the end of day four their organizor should be completely filled and ready to write their research book.
Lesson 3 (Day 5-7): Students will pick one item from each of the four sections to write a complete sentence about. They will write a rough draft of the four sentences on a blank piece of paper, and the teacher can edit their sentences if needed before they begin the final draft.
Lesson 4 (Day 7-9). Students will begin the final draft of their research book using the provided pages. Each page should have a complete sentence, along with a picture of their animal that coorelates with their sentence.
Lesson 5 (Day 10-14): Students will take turns sharing their animal research book with the class.
Step 4 - Assessments
Students will be assessed by:
Writing four complete sentences about their animal. The teacher will monitor their progress of research through check ins and observation.