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Learning About Dorothy Pitman Hughes
Learning About Dorothy Pitman Hughes
Worksheet
Learning About Dorothy Pitman Hughes
This worksheet is a brief introduction to the human rights activist and feminist Dorothy Pitman Hughes.
1st grade
Social studies
Worksheet
All About My Sister
All About My Sister
Worksheet
All About My Sister
Show a little love to big or little sis with a fun family writing activity! Students will practice creative writing and sentence-building.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Interesting Animals: Penguins
Interesting Animals: Penguins
Lesson Plan
Interesting Animals: Penguins
Penguins are such interesting animals! Help your students practice identifying the main topic and key ideas in a nonfiction text using this fun penguin-themed lesson plan.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
All About Leafcutter Ants
All About Leafcutter Ants
Worksheet
All About Leafcutter Ants
Help your students practice their informational reading skills as they learn about leafcutter ants!
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Wild West
The Wild West
Workbook
The Wild West
Westward Ho! In this series, informational history texts are made fun as you'll read about famous people and places from the Old West, such as Annie Oakley and Mark Twain.
5th grade
Social studies
Workbook
Learning About W.E.B. Du Bois
Learning About W.E.B. Du Bois
Lesson Plan
Learning About W.E.B. Du Bois
This lesson plan teaches kids about W.E.B. Du Bois through video and a short informational text. Students will compare/contrast their findings and create a poster in small groups showing what they learned.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Writing From the Heart
Writing From the Heart
Lesson Plan
Writing From the Heart
This lesson will inspire your students to focus on the people, pets, things, places, and ideas that mean the most to them! Your students will practice writing in this heartfelt lesson.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Performing Arts
Performing Arts
Workbook
Performing Arts
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up to the show! This book offers tons of reading and activities on the performing arts; from traditional theatre, to comedy, to clowning!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Fruit and Veggies Are...
Fruit and Veggies Are...
Worksheet
Fruit and Veggies Are...
Give a salute to good health with this simple list story! Your kindergartener will build great communication skills by completing these sentences.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Supporting Details
Supporting Details
Worksheet
Supporting Details
What do you want to be when you grow up? This cute worksheet will help them learn about supporting the main idea with supporting details with their writing.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Describe Your Home
Describe Your Home
Worksheet
Describe Your Home
Supporting details make a main idea stronger, and add color and interest to any story. Your early writer will describe your home and add detail to his writing.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Holiday Writing Prompt
Holiday Writing Prompt
Worksheet
Holiday Writing Prompt
Holiday writing prompts are festive and educational for your child. This holiday writing prompt is perfect for the Christmas season.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
My Life Story
My Life Story
Lesson Plan
My Life Story
Everyone has a story to tell. Give your young writers a chance to tell the stories of their lives with this immersive lesson on biographies and autobiographies.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Climate Change Activists: Autumn Peltier
Climate Change Activists: Autumn Peltier
Lesson Plan
Climate Change Activists: Autumn Peltier
This engaging lesson plan provides students with an opportunity to learn all about the young climate change activist, Autumn Peltier.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Descriptive Writing Check-in
Descriptive Writing Check-in
Worksheet
Descriptive Writing Check-in
Your students have been working hard on their descriptive writing skills! Assess student growth with this open-ended writing assignment and rubric that asks students to use their five senses to describe a place they have visited.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Note-Taking Sheet
Note-Taking Sheet
Worksheet
Note-Taking Sheet
Writing nonfiction can be a daunting task for newbies, but this note-taking sheet contains helpful prompts that keep your young writer on track.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Martin Luther King, Jr. and His Dream
Martin Luther King, Jr. and His Dream
Worksheet
Martin Luther King, Jr. and His Dream
Children reflect on the meaning of American civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and legacy in this thoughtful writing practice and drawing worksheet.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
100th Day of School: Accomplishment Medal
100th Day of School: Accomplishment Medal
Worksheet
100th Day of School: Accomplishment Medal
More and more schools are beginning to celebrate the 100th day of school. Help your child list her biggest accomplishments from the first 100 days of school.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
A Misty Copeland Biography
A Misty Copeland Biography
Worksheet
A Misty Copeland Biography
Students will read a biography of Misty Copeland, the first African American woman to become a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, and then answer nonfiction comprehension questions about the text,
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Learning Through Research
Learning Through Research
Worksheet
Learning Through Research
This open-ended worksheet inspires students to research fascinating inventors!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Harness Your Research Skills
Harness Your Research Skills
Lesson Plan
Harness Your Research Skills
Kids are naturally curious! Use this lesson to inspire them to research a topic they are interested in. Students will use a graphic organizer to take notes on various sources and present their information to their peers.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Learning About Black Visionaries
Learning About Black Visionaries
Lesson Plan
Learning About Black Visionaries
Use this lesson plan as an introductory activity to kick-off a short, project-based learning unit where students will research black visionaries and share what they learned.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Plant Resources
Plant Resources
Worksheet
Plant Resources
Plants are resources used in everything from food, to clothes, and for making other products. Writing and research come together for this basic worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Dinosaur Train Nature Treasure Hunt
Dinosaur Train Nature Treasure Hunt
Worksheet
Dinosaur Train Nature Treasure Hunt
Next time you're outside, go on a treasure hunt with this activity from PBS KIDS' Dinsosaur Train. Then, write all about your nature treasure loot!
Kindergarten
Science
Worksheet
Informational Writing Learning Check
Informational Writing Learning Check
Worksheet
Informational Writing Learning Check
Use this resource to assess your students’ informational writing skills.
3rd grade
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.