How To Easily Write An Animal Report With Kids
Are you writing animal reports with your students? Want an easy step-by-step process to support your students? Check out this simple process.
How To Write An Animal Report In 7 Steps
There are seven steps to follow when teaching your students to write about animals in an animal report. They are:
- Choose Your Topic
- Research Your Topic
- Make Jot Notes
- Write a Draft
- Revise and Edit
- Write a Good Copy
- Illustrate Report
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What are report writing skills?
Report writing is a type of informative writing. ... and what is informative writing? Informative writing is meant to give information to the reader. The information increases the reader's knowledge about a topic. When students write a report, they are learning to share information with others.
Why teach reports about animals?
We want kids to practice their writing ... and kids love animals ... so ... writing animal reports is a great way for students to practice their writing skills! As they write their reports, students learn how to:
- conduct research to find out about their animals,
- write sentences that contain important information, and
- create reports that provide information to their readers.
My Animal Report - 7 Steps
The following steps are illustrated using pictures of the templates found in the Animal Report Writing package. The Animal Report Writing package contains digital pages. Students can complete their jot notes, drafts, and final copies of their reports using Google Slides.
Whether you use this package or your own materials, follow this process as you walk your students through the report writing steps.
Step One: Choose Animal Topics To Write About
There are different ways that students can choose the topic for their animal reports. Students can:
- choose their own topic.
- pick an animal out of a hat.
- be assigned an animal.
Step Two: Research Your Animal
Students can use different sources your students to find information about their animals depending on the resources you have available. Students can use:
- websites such as National Geographic For Kids and San Diego Zoo,
- books and magazines from library, or
- trading cards.
Step Three: Make Jot Notes On Animal Research Report Template
Making jot notes is a difficult skill for students to master. Provide your students with jot note templates with targeted questions to support them with this process.
Step Four: Write About An Animal In Draft
Once students have finished writing their jot notes, they can write their draft reports. Students take the information they have gathered on their jot note templates and make them into paragraphs for their reports.
Step Five: Revise and Edit
Teachers can support their students as they revise and edit with differentiated writing checklists. Choose a checklist that matches the individual learning needs of your students. Students work through the checklist to make their writing better.
Step Six: Write Animal Report Good Copy
After students have went through the editing and revision process, they are ready to write a good copy for their report. Students can use differentiated templates or their own writing paper for the good copy of their reports.
Step Seven: Illustrate Report
The last step of the report writing process is adding color with illustrations to enhance what students have written in their reports.
How To Differentiate Writing Instruction
- Give reluctant writers templates that require them to only find one fact for each research category.
- If students need a challenge, provide them with a template that encourages them to find three or more facts about each research category.
Printable and Digital Versions
The materials shown in this blogpost are a part of the Animal Report resource. Materials are available in both printable and digital versions. The resources can be found on TeachersPayTeachers.
Until next time,
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