How to Make Writing Lessons Fun

February 20, 2024

How to Make Writing Lessons Fun

How to Make Writing Lessons Fun

Making informational writing lessons fun for kids using animal research projects can be highly engaging and interactive.

Animal projects for kids are easily differentiated in that students can work independently or collaboratively with peer  support in researching, gathering information, recalling facts and creating poster presentations.

Have students borrow a nonfiction book from the library and gather fun facts on their selected animal or check out this Animal Research Project BUNDLE that consists of reading passages that students can read and gather fun facts about dolphins, sea turtles, octopuses and penguins.

Students cut and paste templates to create a poster,  lapbook or interactive notebook and when finished, deliver an oral presentation to the class!

 

How to Make Writing Lessons Fun

How to Make Writing Lessons Fun

How to Make Writing Lessons Fun

How to Make Writing Lessons Fun

How to Make Writing Lessons Fun

Making writing lessons fun requires integrating student interests in the learning area. Animals undoubtedly is a favorite topic which can easily be integrated into informational writing. This no prep Animal Research Bundle consists of the following 4 sea animal research projects:

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)

2. Octopuses:

  • ‘My Octopus 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 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
  • 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)

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
  • 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)

4. Penguins:

  • ‘My Penguin 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 Penguins (writing template)
  • Bubble Map
  • Penguin Snap Shots
  • Acrostic Activity
  • Picture of a penguin (b/w)
  • Digital version available via Easel

 

 

How to use this resource:

1. This project is not intended for students to complete in one sitting, but work through over 1 or 2 weeks.\

2. Provide students with a range of animal nonfiction texts or they can research facts via Junior Google

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!

 

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Common Core Standards Covered

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.
Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
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.
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
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.
Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

 

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