July 17, 2017
by Lily Jones

Lesson plan

Animal Research

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Students will be able to conduct research to answer questions.

Students will be able to write informational books where ideas are supported by evidence.

(5 minutes)
  • Show students a book about an animal. Just focus on the cover -- don’t show them the inside of the book.
  • Tell students that the book is about the animal. Ask them what types of information they think might be included in the book. List their ideas on the board.
(10 minutes)
  • Say, “Today we are going to research and write informational books about animals.”
  • Show students the animal books that you’ve collected. Depending on the technology that you have available, students can also conduct research online.
  • Introduce the Tell About Animals worksheet. Pick an animal to research and model how to complete the questions on the worksheet.
(10 minutes)
  • Now tell students that they will use their research to create an informational book about their animal.
  • Take out four pieces of paper. Tell students that they will write one section of their book on each page. The four sections will be: What My Animal Looks Like, What My Animal Eats, Where My Animal Lives, and Fun Facts.
  • Model how to plan for writing the words on the page. Show students how to consult their Tell About Animals worksheet to write the words in each section.
(35 minutes)
  • Have students begin by researching an animal of their choice using the Tell About Animals worksheet by using at least one informational book (or online resource).
  • After their planning worksheet is complete, students can move onto planning and writing the words in their books.

Enrichment: Have students share their books with others, eliciting feedback from peers and revising their books accordingly.

Support: Write sentence frames to guide students in creating each section of their book. For example, “The ____ lives in ____.”

  • Have students conduct animal research online.
(5 minutes)
  • Assess students’ understanding by noticing how they complete their books. Pay attention to how students conduct research and use the information they learned when writing their books.
(5 minutes)
  • Have students share their books with partners. Call the class back together to share what they learned from reading each other’s books.

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