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Reintroduce: Informative Writing (Teaching Book)

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Lesson Type: Reintroduce
Grade: K, 1, 2, 3
Group Size: Small Group, Large Group, Whole Class
Length: 20 minutes
Goal: Given a subject, students will be able to generate and categorize facts about that subject.

Materials: Chart paper, scissors, stapler, a list of the elements of an informational text (labeled illustrations, photographs, charts, diagrams, maps, table of contents, headings, word bank, glossary), copy of the Animal Facts Mini Book (print here)

What to Do


Make a large version of the Animal Facts Mini Book on the chart paper or board. Display the list of elements on the board or chart paper.


1. Explain the lesson and review the purpose of an informational text and its elements.

Today we will be making an a book about animal facts as a group. Remember that informational texts are written to share ideas or facts. Who can remember any of the elements of a teaching book?

Ask students to provide answers. Have them refer to the list of elements on the board or chart paper as necessary.

2. Choose an animal to write about.

We will write our book about an animal based on facts that we already know. We will organize our book using the following headings: Body Parts, Habitat, Diet, and Interesting Facts. Who can think of an animal that we can write about?

Ask students to provide four or five animals and then vote to determine which animal to write about.


3. Direct the students to the large version of the Animal Facts Mini Book and prompt them to give facts for each heading.

The first heading is Body Parts. What facts should we include on this page? We may also want to include a labeled picture to make the facts more clear.

Record the information and make a labeled picture of the animal.

The next heading is Habitat. Who can tell me what habitat means? Right, the habitat is where the animal lives. What facts should we include on this page?

Record this information on the large version of the Animal Facts Mini Book and repeat this process for the remaining two headings.

4. Cut the chart paper into four sections to create separate pages for the big book. Staple these pages together.

We have created a draft of a teaching book. When you make your own book, you may want to add a table of contents, a glossary, and a cover. You may also consider adding a chart or a map.

5. Direct students to talk with partners.

Soon you will be writing your own teaching book about an animal. Please take a few minutes to talk with your partner about an animal that you would like to write about. Share some facts about the animal with your partner.


For Advanced Students:

Ask these students to think of additional headings that could be included in an informational book about animals.

For Struggling Students:

These students may have difficulty providing facts. Provide them with fact sentences that have only one or two missing words they can fill in.

For ELL Students:

Make sure that these students understand the meaning of each heading. Provide pictures to help explain.

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