Animal Reports 2nd Grade
Second grade students will be able to write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
*All photos are my original photos.
Students will research and write basic animal reports.
This lesson will start with shared research and writing and then move to independent research and writing.
2-3 weeks of shared writing
2-3 weeks of indendent writing
Background for Teachers
To teach this lesson you will need simple texts or articles for your students to use for research. You could use research from books, articles or online materrials.
A few online resources for simple texts are:
Worldbook Online Kids - This is part of Utah's Online Library that you can use your UEU login to access.
Epic- You can create a free account for yourself and your students that can be used during school hours.
Gale in Context Elementary Library - This is part of Utah's Online Library that you can use your UEU login to access.
Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes
Students will be able to write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Students will research and write shared animal reports and then independent reports.
Step 2 - Planning Instruction
Student Background Knowledge
Prior to this lesson student will need to have an understanding of researching a topic, using a graphic organizer and writing an informative/explantory text.
Strategies for Diverse Learners
The first few animal reports will be done as a shared research/writing activity with the whole class They will research/write their own reports after that. You could write reports with small groups of students inbetween if you have students that have a need for additional support before they can write their own reports. Higher student could extend the activity by turning their favorite reports into a digital report using Adobe Express, Keynote, or the book feature in Pages.
Step 3 - Instruction
Show them an introduction video to get them excited about animal facts. I made this one to share with my class.
Choose an animal to research and write about as a class.
Provide students with a graphic organizer to take notes on. animal reports organizer
Read the article/book together and take notes on the orgainzier.
Model how to introduce a topic, add facts, and provide a concluding statement from their research. Do the writing together having them follow along writing it on their own paper. animal reports blank page
Add report title to table of contents page. animal reports contents
Have them draw a picture for their animal report and add it to the finished book. See book sample photos here.
Repeat 2-3 times together and then have them go through the process on their own (or is a small group if they still need help). They can research and write as many reports as they would like on their own.
*All Video and all copy resources are available here: Animal Reports Resources
Step 4 - Assessments
Each individual report will be graded using the following rubric.