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Learning Why and How to Compost
Learning Why and How to Compost
Activity
Learning Why and How to Compost
Children will learn why and how to compost as they help with the process of filling their compost, turning it, and observing the changes that occur.
2nd grade
Science
Activity
Author's Purpose: Easy as PIE
Author's Purpose: Easy as PIE
Lesson Plan
Author's Purpose: Easy as PIE
Give your class the "write" tools they need to become excellent authors. In this literary lesson, students use their knowledge of author's purpose to successfully write pieces that persuade, inform, and entertain.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Amazon Rainforest Printable Leaf Template
Amazon Rainforest Printable Leaf Template
Worksheet
Amazon Rainforest Printable Leaf Template
These leaves can be used for a variety of science lessons and classroom art projects!
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Reading Nonfiction
Reading Nonfiction
Workbook
Reading Nonfiction
Explore nonfiction with this set of short and sweet facts on notable people, places and events in history. Young readers can practice taking notes, answering questions and analyzing primary sources.
4th grade
Social studies
Workbook
Interesting Animals: Whales
Interesting Animals: Whales
Worksheet
Interesting Animals: Whales
Learn all about the interesting world of the whale while practicing fluency and reading comprehension skills using this helpful nonfiction reading worksheet.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Make a Summary: Butterflies
Make a Summary: Butterflies
Worksheet
Make a Summary: Butterflies
Your students will work together to find new vocabulary words and create a short summary of a nonfiction text related to the butterfly life cycle. Use this worksheet as an introduction to the Create a Nonfiction Text Summary lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
All About Misty Copeland
All About Misty Copeland
Worksheet
All About Misty Copeland
Use this nonfiction comprehension worksheet to help second and third graders learn all about Misty Copeland, the first African American woman to become a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
What's in a Name?
What's in a Name?
Lesson Plan
What's in a Name?
Every name has a story behind it. This lesson allows students to share the story of their name with their classmates. Not only is it fun, it's ideal for establishing a respectful classroom community.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Compare and Contrast: Rural and Urban
Compare and Contrast: Rural and Urban
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast: Rural and Urban
Families in the United States live in all different settings. Kids think about the similarities and differences between rural and urban life on this worksheet.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
All About Jane Goodall
All About Jane Goodall
Worksheet
All About Jane Goodall
Use this reading and writing worksheet to help second and third graders learn about the inspiring work of Jane Goodall, famous scientist and conservationist.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Explore the Outdoors
Explore the Outdoors
Workbook
Explore the Outdoors
With this set kids can observe clouds to constellations, flowers to photosynthesis. Build a love of the great outdoors and spend time outside as you learn basic concepts of earth science.
1st grade
Science
Workbook
Historical Perspectives: Westward Expansion
Historical Perspectives: Westward Expansion
Worksheet
Historical Perspectives: Westward Expansion
Read about the westward expansion of the United States and respond to questions about the informational text.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Picturing Goods and Services
Picturing Goods and Services
Lesson Plan
Picturing Goods and Services
Help your students “picture” the difference between goods and services! In this lesson which integrates art, reading, and social studies, your students will both find and create examples of goods and services.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Urban, Suburban, or Rural
Urban, Suburban, or Rural
Lesson Plan
Urban, Suburban, or Rural
Students will have a blast as they engage in interactive projects to learn about the characteristics of urban, suburban, and rural communities. This lesson will help them develop both their writing and social-studies skills.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Informational Writing Check-Up
Informational Writing Check-Up
Worksheet
Informational Writing Check-Up
Use this resource to assess your students’ writing skills in responding to an informational writing prompt.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Informational Writing Peer Review Checklist
Informational Writing Peer Review Checklist
Worksheet
Informational Writing Peer Review Checklist
Once students have completed their first draft of informational writing, use this handy checklist to guide them through the peer review process. Students will look for clear sequencing, details, complete sentences, and correct spelling and punctuation.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
All About Me! Things I Like
All About Me! Things I Like
Lesson Plan
All About Me! Things I Like
I like to run, play, and dance! In this lesson, students will learn how to express themselves and write simple sentences. Your class will gain important social skills by interacting with their peers during these activities.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
American Heroes: Biography Writing
American Heroes: Biography Writing
Workbook
American Heroes: Biography Writing
Everything a kid needs to read and write a biography. Learn about some inspirational Americans, try your hand at writing someone else's story, and consider what makes heroes so compelling.
3rd grade
Social studies
Workbook
A Living Timeline: The American Revolution
A Living Timeline: The American Revolution
Lesson Plan
A Living Timeline: The American Revolution
Make history come alive with this interactive lesson! Students will have a blast presenting a "living timeline" to help their classmates understand the events of the Revolutionary War.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense
Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense
Lesson Plan
Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense
Improve your students' comprehension of non-fictional reading through this lesson that teaches them about text features. Students will find their own text features and explain why they aid in the reading process.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Geography & Animals: Amazon Rainforest Leafcutter Ants
Geography & Animals: Amazon Rainforest Leafcutter Ants
Lesson Plan
Geography & Animals: Amazon Rainforest Leafcutter Ants
Students will love learning about a tiny (yet very interesting!) animal in this rainforest-inspired lesson plan focusing on ants.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Conclusion Cards
Conclusion Cards
Worksheet
Conclusion Cards
These cut-and-paste cards provide students with steps for writing the introduction, body, and conclusion parts of an informational text.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Example of Mineral Resources
Example of Mineral Resources
Worksheet
Example of Mineral Resources
Here are four examples of mineral resources for kids to think about, plus a short explanation of what a mineral resource is.
2nd grade
Science
Worksheet
A Deeper Look into the Preamble to the Constitution
A Deeper Look into the Preamble to the Constitution
Lesson Plan
A Deeper Look into the Preamble to the Constitution
Understanding the Constitution is an important civic duty. This lesson gives your students a chance to break down the Preamble to the Constitution into manageable chunks, and translate it into student-friendly language.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Nature Journal
Nature Journal
Worksheet
Nature Journal
Use this nature journal to inspire kids to get outside and learn in the great outdoors!
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Informational Writing Resources

Just the facts, ma'am (or sir). If your students need help with informational writing, put these Education.com resources to use. From preschool to middle school, these worksheets and lesson plans teach students how to write nonfiction starting with basic sentences and working up to short essays. For an imaginative twist on writing, head over to our creative writing resources.
Informational writing, like functional writing, is not creative in nature, but instead focuses on facts related to a topic. There are several core concepts students should understand in order to tackle informational writing. Students can practice these concepts using the resources provided above by Education.com.
Labels
A label is simply a word or set of words that identify something. Teaching students informational writing can start as early as Kindergarten. Showing them a picture and having them use words to accurately describe the picture teaches them how to label something.
Fact Statements
Once the students understand how to generate a label, have them expand on the label with fact statements. Using our picture strategy, a fact statement is a single clause that expands on what is in the picture with something that is factual and related to the picture. This teaches the children to expand on the label while staying relevant.
Fact Lists
Once they are able to generate a fact statement, they can move on to generating a fact list. A fact list is simply a list of fact statements. In a fact list the clauses that the student comes up with are independent and can be read in any order without losing any meaning.
Couplets
Couplets expand on fact lists making them read more fluently. While the fact statements in a couplet can be independent as a clause, the overall meaning is dependent on the their placement within the list of other facts. This could be in a question/answer or a statement/example format.