Animal Research Reports

Saturday, April 6, 2013


Hey All! 
We are working on Informative Writing and we are about to begin writing our Animal Research Reports! Before I let my students begin their report, we write an animal research report together from beginning to end so that I can model the steps to informative writing. 

Our whole-group research report is about desert tortoises because we have a desert tortoise as a class pet! 
Meet Shelldon! 
(For the record he has had that name long before the TV show The Big Bang started)
Shelldon became part of my class about four years ago. A former family called and asked if I was interested in adopting him because they were moving and needed to find him a new home. FYI a tortoise is a GREAT classroom pet, they are super low maintenance,  and the kids LOVE him! 

I went to the library and found several easy-read non-fiction book about Desert Tortoises.
(Desert Tortoises by Christopher Blomquist, Desert Tortoises by Sophia Lockwood and Desert Tortoises by Elizabeth Thomas)

We brainstormed the topics we would like to research and wrote them on our planning sheet. We decided to write about:
  • what a tortoise looks like
  • what a tortoise eats
  • where a tortoise lives
  • cool facts about the desert tortoise
Each day we read through our non-fiction text looking for facts that fit our topic. The kids did a great job. We tackled one page a day so we spent about one week researching and writing. 
 
Page 1 - A desert tortoise has a hard shell that covers its body. Their back legs look like little elephant feel. An adult tortoise is nine to fifteen inches long. 
Page 2 - A desert tortoise is a herbivore. They eat cactus, wildflowers and dried plants. They get water from the plants they eat.
 Page 3 - A tortoise lives on land. They dig burrows to stay cool. Desert tortoises live in Arizona, California and Mexico.
Page 4 - Desert tortoises live up to 100 years. They are in danger of dying out so laws protect them. A hatchling is about 2 inches long.
I wanted my students to get the FULL report writing experience so we did revisions then "published" our report by typing it in the computer lab! 
(I love technology and try to incorporate it whenever possible, this was NOT my students first experience using Microsoft Word) It took a little time and patience when they typed their report but they were so incredibly proud of themselves when they finished.
 
We made this cute little tortoise art project by painting a bowl brown and gluing on tissue paper.
Next week, my students are going to work with a partner to write their own Animal Research Report! We are going to use my Animal Research Report with Hefty ZooPals packet! I will be back to let you know how it goes! 

I shared this post at Critters In the Classroom! What a cute blog! 
  

10 comments:

Michelle Blair said...

Your blog is AMAZING! :) So much attention to detail. Do you happen to have the PDF of the zoo animal research project template? TPT is presently blocked at our school! I have to do this with my kids, it's so cute! Thank you tons!

柯云 said...

2015-12-30keyun
cheap ugg boots
michael kors outlet
true religion
oakley outlet
louboutin femme
ugg boots clearance
coach factory outlet
louis vuitton handbags
discount jordans
uggs for sale
tory burch outlet
timberlands
kevin durant shoes
coach outlet store
louis vuitton outlet
tods outlet store
kate spade purses
uggs australia
concord 11
pandora jewelry
ed hardy outlet
louis vuitton outlet
prada handbags
polo ralph lauren
abercrombie and fitch
ray ban outlet
fitflop clearance
ugg boots on sale
ray ban outlet store
adidas superstar shoes
coach outlet
ralph lauren
uggs boots for women
michael kors outlet
coach outlet online
louis vuitton outlet
nfl jerseys
prada
abercrombie and fitch

Meiqing Xu said...

louboutin outlet
nike air max 90
coach outlet online
burberry outlet
polo outlet
louis vuitton outlet online
ed hardy
michael kors outlet
michael kors outlet online
toms shoes
new balance shoes
micahel kors
nike store uk
air max 90
coach factory outlet online
ray ban sunglass,ray ban sunglasses,ray ban outlet,cheap ray bans,cheap ray ban sunglasses,cheap ray bans,ray bans
under armour
ray ban outlet
cheap ray-ban sunglasses outlet
yeezy boost 350 white
skechers outlet
bottega veneta sale
omega speedmaster
true religion
calvin klein dresses
adidas nmd runner
michale kors uk
reebok outlet store
nhl jerseys wholesale
ray-ban sunglasses outlet
cheap nfl jerseys
michael kors outlet stores
oakley sunglasses wholesale
louis vuitton borse
under armour outlet store
true religion outlet
nike free runs
xiaowei 20160428

Gege Dai said...

ferragamo outlet
oakley sunglasses
polo ralph lauren
mont blanc outlet
ray ban sunglasses
air force 1 shoes
longchamp outlet
true religion jeans
replica watches
soccer jerseys wholesale
polo ralph lauren
coach outlet store
hollister clothing store
michael kors online
cheap soccer jerseys
tory burch outlet online
fitflops sale
rolex uk
adidas wings shoes
prada outlet
celine outlet online
cheap jordans
air max 90
mulberry handbags
tiffany outlet
gucci outlet
nike air max 90
toms outlet store
louis vuitton bags cheap
tiffany and co
nfl jersey wholesale
burberry outlet sale
swarovski crystal
nike air force 1
louis vuitton outlet
chanyuan0528

xumeiqing said...

20160905meiqing
louis vuitton factory outlet
adidas superstar
dolce and gabbana outlet
moncler outlet
canada goose outlet online
polo outlet
converse uk
adidas gazelle
christian louboutin shoes
puma shoes
cheap ferragamo shoes
louis vuitton borse
michael kors handbags outlet
michael kors outlet
nike huarache trainers
burberry outlet
supra for sale
hollister clothing
ugg outlet
pandora jewelry
nba jerseys
converse sneakers
christian louboutin sale
michael kors outlet
polo ralph lauren outlet
timberland outlet
louis vuitton handbags
nike trainers
coach outlet online coach factory outlet
birkenstocks
ugg australia
adidas nmd
true religion jeans
ugg boots
louis vuitton pas cher
ugg outlet
ysl outlet
michael kors outlet clearance
kate spade handbags

LCc 03 said...

air force 1
adidas ultra boost
air jordan
yeezy boost 350
nike polo
nike air zoom
yeezy boost 350 v2
adidas nmd
hogan outlet online

raybanoutlet001 said...

michael kors handbags
jaguars jersey
polo ralph lauren
miami heat
cheap mlb jerseys
michael kors handbags outlet
coach outlet
coach outlet
replica rolex
gucci sale

caiyan said...

coach outlet
true religion jeans
cheap jordans
huston texans jerseys
adidas outlet
michael kors outlet
oakley sunglasses outlet
dallas cowboys jerseys
christian louboutin shoes
cheap jordans
0427shizhong

1111141414 said...

michael jordan shoes
nmd r1
nike air max 90
yeezy sneakers
air jordans
kobe bryant shoes
hogan outlet
michael kors outlet
kobe 9
nike air zoom

adidas nmd said...

san diego chargers jerseys
michael kors handbags
saints jerseys
christian louboutin shoes
coach outlet
coach factory outlet
omega watches
baltimore ravens jerseys
oakley sunglasses
rolex replica

09 10