How to Teach Informational Writing 2nd Grade

February 24, 2024

How to Teach Informational Writing 2nd Grade

Using project based learning resources to teach informational writing to kids is an effective and engaging way to foster writing skills in this genre.

Here are some easy step that you can include in your informational writing curriculum and teaching program:

  1. Select a topic that kids love: Kids love animals, so selecting a topic such as this ensures they will be motivated and also integrates easily into the science learning area!
  2. Research: Explcitly teach research skills to students the first time and then they’re off! I always like to project on the smartboard and teach in a step-by-step process using teacher think alouds.  To begin with, it’s always a good idea to provide students with a reading comprehension passage on the topic that they can read, highlight and circle main ideas. Also encourage them to borrow nonfiction books from the library to build on their library skills and/or Junior Google searches and websites.
  3. Planning Sheet: I love bubble map graphic organizers to help students organize their research and fun facts. It is also a great way to show students that the planning process is an important part of not only research by also the writing process.
  4. Creating: Projects or interactive notebooks is a wonderful way to combine critical and creative thinking skills! So once the groundwork planning stage is complete, encourage students to combine the C & C skills to the process!
  5. Presentation: Celebrate students’ hard work and invite them to orally present their projects to a partner, small group or whole class. Encourage a Question and Answer Session so they can build their public speaking skills in front of a real-life audience!

How to Teach Informational Writing 2nd Grade

If you’re looking for a no prep Animal Research Project BUNDLE where students can create a project poster, lapbook or interactive notebook with fun flip book and foldable templates while learning informative writing skills!

Also inluded are comprehension reading passages and a bubble map graphic organizer for students to gather their fun facts information before creating!

When finished, invite students to deliver oral presentations to a partner, small group or whole class before displaying their wonderful work!

Also suitable for:

  • First Grade
  • Second Grade
  • Third Grade

How to Teach Informational Writing 2nd Grade

What’s included in this bundle? The following 2 project-based resources:

1. Kangaroo Animal Research Project:

  • Step by Step Teacher Notes
  • Completed work sample to project on smartboard for student viewing
  • Reading Passage for students to read and highlight
  • Bubble Map Planning Sheet (graphic organizer)
  • Animal Group
  • Habitat
  • Food
  • Predators
  • Life Cycle
  • Fun Fact #1
  • Fun Fact #2
  • ‘Can-Have-Are’ Flap Booklet
  • Diagram
  • Differentiated Writing Templates
  • Writing Template 1
  • Writing Template 2
  • Writing Template 3
  • Writing Template 4

2. Koala Animal Research Project:

  • Step by Step Teacher Notes
  • Completed work sample to project on smartboard for student viewing
  • Reading Passage for students to read and highlight
  • Bubble Map Planning Sheet (graphic organizer)
  • Animal Group
  • Habitat
  • Food
  • Predators
  • Life Cycle
  • Fun Fact #1
  • Fun Fact #2
  • ‘Can-Have-Are’ Flap Booklet
  • Diagram
  • Differentiated Writing Templates
  • Writing Template 1
  • Writing Template 2
  • Writing Template 3
  • Writing Template 4

How to use this resource:

1. Each project is not intended to be completed in one lesson. They have been created as project-based so students can work through over one or two weeks.

2. Reading passages are included, however to build library skills, encourage students to also borrow nonfiction texts from the library (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 cut, assemble and paste into their interactive notebooks or poster card

5. Celebrate the end of this work by inviting students to proudly present their

projects

7. Finally, display their wonderful work!

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