I love teaching first, second, and third grade students about animals and I find students love to write animal reports! Animal research projects are a great way to introduce students to the report writing process or have them practice their report writing skills. Using tiered research templates provides students with the support they need as they write their animal reports.
Purpose of Report Writing
Students are able to learn and develop a number of different skills as they write animal reports. They learn about:
- conducting research,
- writing reports,
- revising writing,
- editing writing, and
- assessing their writing and the report writing process.
Report Writing Process
There are seven steps to the report writing process. They are:
- Step One: Choose Your Topic
- Step Two: Research Your Topic
- Step Three: Make Jot Notes
- Step Four: Write a Draft
- Step Five: Revise and Edit
- Step Six: Write a Good Copy
- Step Seven: Illustrate Report
Report Writing Posters and Bookmarks – Great Visuals!
One way to support students with their animal research reports is to provide them with a visual of the report writing process. Click below to get your FREE report writing posters and bookmarks. If you find them useful, I would appreciate if you left feedback at my TpT store after downloading. Thanks!
These posters align with the Report Writing resources available at Teaching With a Touch of Honey on TeachersPayTeachers.
How To Write An Animal Report
Step One: Choose an Animal
Depending on the purpose of your report writing activity, you may decide to give students a list of animals to choose from or provide them with the name of the animal they will research. A fun idea for choosing animals is to print the names of different animals on individual slips of paper and let students choose the animal they will be researching.
Step Two: Research The Animal
Students can use a variety of different sources to research their animal reports. They can use non-fiction books and magazines, online videos and websites, or non-traditional sources such as trading cards.
Create your own trading cards with information about the different animals you want your students to research, or you can check out the trading cards available at my TpT store. CLICK HERE to see what topics are available. This trading card is from Arctic Animal Trading Cards: Factual Information.
Step Three: Make Jot Notes
Once you decide on the sources your students will be using for their animal research project, have the students make jot notes about the animal they have chosen to write about. Tiered templates allow you to differentiate the jot note process for all the students in your class.
Make your own templates or use those available in the Animal Report: Tiered Report Writing Templates package of materials.
Step Four: Write a Draft
After students have finished making their jot notes, they use the information to write a draft copy of their report. Students can write their report on lined paper, plain paper, in a google doc, or you can provide them with a list of options so they can choose the one that best meets their individual learning needs.
The templates shown here are a part of the Animal Report: Tiered Report Writing Templates package.
Step Five: Revise and Edit
Students read over their own work and/or work with a partner to revise and edit their work. Use the FREE writing checklist bookmarks to assist students with this process. The bookmarks are tiered to allow you to differentiate for the different learning needs of the students in your classroom. Please consider leaving feedback at my TpT store if you find the tiered writing checklist bookmarks useful. Thanks!
Step Six: Write a Good Copy
After students have finished revising and editing their draft animal reports, they can write or type out their good copies.
Step Seven: Illustrate Report
The final step in the report writing process is to illustrate their animal reports.
Until next time,