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Informational Writing Peer Review Checklist
Informational Writing Peer Review Checklist
Worksheet
Informational Writing Peer Review Checklist
Once students have completed their first draft of informational writing, use this handy checklist to guide them through the peer review process. Students will look for clear sequencing, details, complete sentences, and correct spelling and punctuation.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Informational Writing Learning Check
Informational Writing Learning Check
Worksheet
Informational Writing Learning Check
Use this resource to assess your students’ informational writing skills.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Sub Plans for Second Grade
Sub Plans for Second Grade
Lesson Plan
Sub Plans for Second Grade
Sub plans just got a whole lot easier! In this second grade, week-long sub packet, subs can supercharge learning with "All About Me" themed lessons and activities. The “All About Me” theme is the perfect opportunity to reinforce foundational skills like understanding character traits, taking and interpreting meaningful data, and writing from the heart.
2nd grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Monster Writing
Monster Writing
Workbook
Monster Writing
Have a monstrous amount of fun with this series of ghoulish writing activities. Get acquainted with famous monsters like Frankenstein, and write a few frightful stories of your own.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
An Ice Experiment with The Cat in the Hat
An Ice Experiment with The Cat in the Hat
Worksheet
An Ice Experiment with The Cat in the Hat
Not all water is liquid. Use this activity from PBS KIDS' The Cat in the Hat Knows All About That! to develop observation and writing skills.
Kindergarten
Science
Worksheet
Example of Mineral Resources
Example of Mineral Resources
Worksheet
Example of Mineral Resources
Here are four examples of mineral resources for kids to think about, plus a short explanation of what a mineral resource is.
2nd grade
Science
Worksheet
Hanukkah Traditions
Hanukkah Traditions
Worksheet
Hanukkah Traditions
Children will read about four Hanukkah traditions, then write about a tradition of their own, with this festive writing prompt.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Introductions for Informational Writing
Introductions for Informational Writing
Worksheet
Introductions for Informational Writing
Review introduction writing with your students. Help students practice writing a strong hook and introduction paragraph.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
All About Animals Report
All About Animals Report
Worksheet
All About Animals Report
Students will love learning about a new animal as they create an informational report using this helpful guide!
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Protecting Forests
Protecting Forests
Worksheet
Protecting Forests
Teach your child how to respect the ecosystem with a science worksheet that doubles as a coloring page. Can they identify the sources of pollution in the scene?
3rd grade
Science
Worksheet
All About Jane Goodall
All About Jane Goodall
Worksheet
All About Jane Goodall
Use this reading and writing worksheet to help second and third graders learn about the inspiring work of Jane Goodall, famous scientist and conservationist.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Color the Freshwater Habitat
Color the Freshwater Habitat
Worksheet
Color the Freshwater Habitat
Teach your kids about the importance of preserving freshwater ecosystems with a lake habitat coloring page filled with frogs, turtles, ducks, and dragonflies.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Amazon Rainforest Printable Leaf Template
Amazon Rainforest Printable Leaf Template
Worksheet
Amazon Rainforest Printable Leaf Template
These leaves can be used for a variety of science lessons and classroom art projects!
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
What Lives in the Sea
What Lives in the Sea
Worksheet
What Lives in the Sea
Your student will research and identify the animal and plant life that live near the sea, using both her own knowledge and the help of the Internet.
1st grade
Science
Worksheet
Note-Taking Sheet
Note-Taking Sheet
Worksheet
Note-Taking Sheet
Writing nonfiction can be a daunting task for newbies, but this note-taking sheet contains helpful prompts that keep your young writer on track.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Thanksgiving Writing
Thanksgiving Writing
Worksheet
Thanksgiving Writing
Children embrace the spirit of the season with this Thanksgiving writing prompt.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Informational Writing
Informational Writing
Worksheet
Informational Writing
Use this writing prompt activity to assess your first graders’ abilities to write informational texts. Students will use details and facts to convey a topic of their choosing.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
All About Wangari Maathai
All About Wangari Maathai
Worksheet
All About Wangari Maathai
Introduce students to the inspiring environmental activist Wangari Maathai. Children will read a short biography about the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize and answer nonfiction comprehension questions about the text.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Travel Brochure
Travel Brochure
Worksheet
Travel Brochure
Explore setting by creating a travel brochure for the setting of your book.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Take Action Like Greta
Take Action Like Greta
Activity
Take Action Like Greta
This activity is a great way to engage learners in Earth Day celebrations while cultivating skills around nonfiction comprehension and research writing.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Activity
Interesting Animals: Penguins
Interesting Animals: Penguins
Lesson Plan
Interesting Animals: Penguins
Penguins are such interesting animals! Help your students practice identifying the main topic and key ideas in a nonfiction text using this fun penguin-themed lesson plan.
Kindergarten
Math
Lesson Plan
George Washington: You Tell the Story
George Washington: You Tell the Story
Worksheet
George Washington: You Tell the Story
Budding essayists will practice organizing their ideas using the template and prompts on this worksheet.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast W.E.B. Du Bois and George Washington Carver
Compare and Contrast W.E.B. Du Bois and George Washington Carver
Lesson Plan
Compare and Contrast W.E.B. Du Bois and George Washington Carver
In this lesson, ask students to compare and contrast two important African-American historical figures. Students will write an informational paragraph on the similarities and differences between W.E.B. Du Bois and George Washington Carver.
4th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Martin Luther King, Jr. and His Dream
Martin Luther King, Jr. and His Dream
Worksheet
Martin Luther King, Jr. and His Dream
Children reflect on the meaning of American civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and legacy in this thoughtful writing practice and drawing worksheet.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Learning About Día de los Muertos
Learning About Día de los Muertos
Lesson Plan
Learning About Día de los Muertos
Students will learn about the holiday El Día de los Muertos through engaging activities and connecting to their own traditions.
2nd grade
Math
Lesson Plan

Informational Writing Resources

Just the facts, ma'am (or sir). If your students need help with informational writing, put these Education.com resources to use. From preschool to middle school, these worksheets and lesson plans teach students how to write nonfiction starting with basic sentences and working up to short essays. For an imaginative twist on writing, head over to our creative writing resources.
Informational writing, like functional writing, is not creative in nature, but instead focuses on facts related to a topic. There are several core concepts students should understand in order to tackle informational writing. Students can practice these concepts using the resources provided above by Education.com.
Labels
A label is simply a word or set of words that identify something. Teaching students informational writing can start as early as Kindergarten. Showing them a picture and having them use words to accurately describe the picture teaches them how to label something.
Fact Statements
Once the students understand how to generate a label, have them expand on the label with fact statements. Using our picture strategy, a fact statement is a single clause that expands on what is in the picture with something that is factual and related to the picture. This teaches the children to expand on the label while staying relevant.
Fact Lists
Once they are able to generate a fact statement, they can move on to generating a fact list. A fact list is simply a list of fact statements. In a fact list the clauses that the student comes up with are independent and can be read in any order without losing any meaning.
Couplets
Couplets expand on fact lists making them read more fluently. While the fact statements in a couplet can be independent as a clause, the overall meaning is dependent on the their placement within the list of other facts. This could be in a question/answer or a statement/example format.