Animal Research Project 3rd Grade Informative Writing Prompts

January 27, 2024

Animal Research Project 3rd Grade Informative Writing Prompts

Animal Research Project 3rd Grade Informative Writing Prompts

Out of all the genres of writing – from recounts, narratives, informational and persuasive writing – I find informational writing is my students favorite! They approach informational writing with a fun and motivated attitude, provided it is project based learning. A great way to introduce this genre is through animal research projects. They’re hands on, interactive, independent or collaborative with a peer and loads of fun!

 This Animal Research Project Bundle consists of 4 sea animals – dolphin, sea turtle, octopus and penguin. There are reading fluency passages for each animal, so students can read, research and highlight fun facts and main idea. Encourage students to visit the school library and borrow a book on their animal for furthe research.

There’s a research planning sheet for students to transfer their newly acquired knowledge after reading the passage. Then they write their information on writing prompt templates provide, cut, paste to create a poster, lapbook or interactive notebook. When finished, encourage students to celebrate their hard work and present their posters to a peer, small group or  deliver an oral presentation to the class!

Finally display posters on your classroom bulletin board.

 

 

Also suitable for:

  • First Grade
  • Second Grade
  • Third Grade
  • Fourth Grade
  • Fifth Grade

 

Animal Research Project 3rd Grade Informative Writing Prompts

What’s included in this no prep bundle:

Animal Research Project 3rd Grade Informative Writing Prompts

1. Dolphins:

  • ‘My Dolphin Project’ title page
  • Reading Passage for students to highlight fun facts and main idea
  • Research Planning Sheet (graphic organizer)
  • Description
  • Habitat
  • Food
  • Protection
  • Fun Fact #1
  • Fun Fact #2
  • Flap Booklet (appearance, predators, life cycle, life span)
  • Everything I Know About Dolphins (writing template)
  • Bubble Map
  • Dolphin Snap Shots
  • Acrostic Activity
  • Picture of a Dolphin (b/w)
  • Digital version available via Easel
  • ‘My Dolphin Project’ title page
  • Research Planning Sheet (graphic organizer)
  • Description
  • Habitat
  • Food
  • Protection
  • Fun Fact #1
  • Fun Fact #2
  • Flap Booklet (appearance, predators, life cycle, life span)
  • Everything I Know About Dolphins (writing template)
  • Bubble Map
  • Dolphin Snap Shots
  • Acrostic Activity
  • Picture of a Dolphin (b/w)
  • Digital Version available via Easel (ideal for upper elementary)

Animal Research Project 3rd Grade Informative Writing Prompts

 

2. Octopuses:

  • ‘My Octopus Project’ title page
  • Reading Passage for students to highlight fun facts and main idea
  • Research Planning Sheet (graphic organizer)
  • Description
  • Animal Habitat
  • Food
  • Protection
  • Fun Fact #1
  • Fun Fact #2
  • Flap Booklet (appearance, predators, life cycle, life span)
  • Everything I Know About Octopuses (writing template)
  • Bubble Map
  • Octopus Snap Shots
  • Acrostic Activity
  • Picture of a Octopus (b/w)
  • Digital version available via Easel
  • ‘My Octopus Project’ title page
  • Research Planning Sheet (graphic organizer)
  • Description
  • Animal Habitat
  • Food
  • Protection
  • Fun Fact #1
  • Fun Fact #2
  • Flap Booklet (appearance, predators, life cycle, life span)
  • Everything I Know About Octopus (writing template)
  • Bubble Map
  • Octopus Snap Shots
  • Acrostic Activity
  • Picture of a Octopus (b/w)
  • Digital Version available via Easel (ideal for upper elementary)

Animal Research Project 3rd Grade Informative Writing Prompts

3. Sea Turtles:

  • ‘My Sea Turtle Project’ title page
  • Reading Passage for students to highlight fun facts and main idea
  • Research Planning Sheet (graphic organizer)
  • Description
  • Animal Habitat
  • Food
  • Protection
  • Fun Fact #1
  • Fun Fact #2
  • Flap Booklet (appearance, predators, life cycle, life span)
  • Everything I Know About Sea Turtles (writing template)
  • Bubble Map
  • Sea Turtle Snap Shots
  • Acrostic Activity
  • Picture of a Sea Turtle (b/w)
  • Digital Version available via Easel (ideal for upper elementary)

Animal Research Project 3rd Grade Informative Writing Prompts

 

4. Penguins:

  • ‘My Penguin Project’ title page
  • Reading Passage for students to highlight fun facts and main idea
  • Research Planning Sheet (graphic organizer)
  • Description
  • Animal Habitat
  • Food
  • Protection
  • Fun Fact #1
  • Fun Fact #2
  • Flap Booklet (appearance, predators, life cycle, life span)
  • Everything I Know About Penguins (writing template)
  • Bubble Map
  • Penguin Snap Shots
  • Acrostic Activity
  • Picture of a penguin (b/w)
  • Digital version available via Easel

 

Animal Research Project 3rd Grade Informative Writing Prompts

1. This project is not intended for students to complete in one sitting and are ideal to work through over one or two weeks.

2. Provide students with a range of animal nonfiction texts or older students can research their own facts via Junior Google or School Tube

3. Students write and color the animal research project templates

4. They can choose their favorites (or all of the templates) to glue into their interactive notebooks

5. Another idea is having students create a lapbook with different components of these templates

6. Celebrate the end of this work by inviting students to proudly present their Animal Research Project

7. Finally, display completed work!

 

This resource covers the following common core standards:

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
CCSSRI.3.1
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
CCSSRI.4.1
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

 

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