The one thing that I had difficulty finding was good informational articles. I often chose to research an animal based on the text I could find! That's not the ideal way I want to teach! There are a ton of resources available to find texts for students to read, but the text wasn't always the most well-written and for my second graders who are still struggling with multi-syllabic decoding, the words and sentence structure were too hard! I found a lot of text for first grade and plenty of informational articles for the older kiddos, but nothing that was just right for my second graders.
As a result, I've taken to writing my own text. I started with African Animals, since most of my littles are enthralled with these BIG animals, although there is a small critter in the set, too!
Each animals has two versions of the article, one version is two pages with a lot of visual support. The other version is one-page with little or no visual support. There is also a page full of QR codes for additional research and videos as well as a fact sort sheet. The fact sort sheet compliments the process I use to help students organize their facts when writing informational / expository text.
You could focus on one animal a week for a period of time, or you could have your whole class studying African Animals in partners. They could also be used for individual research reports. The possibilities are endless.
I'd like to give away a copy of the African Animals Informational Articles to one lucky reader. What do you have to do to win? Simple. Pin either of the two above images to Pinterest. Come back and enter the Rafflecopter below, entering the URL of the pin. Want to enter twice? Pin both images. You can enter the Rafflecopter twice per day, once per image.
A third option that I've included on the Rafflecopter is to leave a blog post comment and tell me the topic of another informational article you need for you students. It could be about animals, science, social studies, or another topic. What do you need for you classroom?
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