Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Non Fiction Research Reports updated.

Almost 2 years ago, wow has it really been that long? Ok let me get back on track. Almost 2 years ago I posted about my 1st grade students animal research reports. I have not changed much, and it works really well for my kids. 

However, I am now also teaching writing to a group of 2nd and 3rd grade students and I can't bring myself to do another round of animal research reports. Especially since these kids have done them for the past 2 to 3 years already. 

Soooooooo I made an executive decision. I decided to give my kids the option to do either research on a country or a biography. I am so glad I did because I have learned so much about how I want to do this next year. LOL
I was so excited when I saw that Pebble Go has a Biographies section. Only wish they had a section about countries too.
Like my students animal research reports I had to create a graphic organizer for my kids. However I didn't want it to look so little kid-ish. This meant something new...

I had half the work done for me because Kristen from Ladybug's Teacher Files, created a biography notes graphic organizer. It is fabulous, super cute and free! So check her out.

That left me with creating a graphic organizer for my students who had chosen countries to research. After some drama from myself I came up with this and I am giving it to you for free. :)
I didn't create writing paper for my older kids because we will type up our reports. I will also have them print pictures instead. We will use the same pages as the 1st graders to cite references, and list our table of contents.
Before I go I wanted to share that because I had lots of comments about others not being able to download the 1st grade documents from Scribd I uploaded them to Google Docs. Click on the links below to download them from here.

I'll make sure to come back and post a picture of the completed reports. How you can find some of this useful.


  1. These pages look great and will be wonderful guides for your students!

  2. I saw your lovely pit table on my blog roll and came right over! I love this! Thanks so much for the shoutout, up that was so nice of you. I'm thrilled you can use them :)

    1. My pit table? You know I love all your creations and use as many as I can. :)


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