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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
Hidden Animals
Hidden Animals
Lesson Plan
Hidden Animals
It's time to make—and hide—animals! In this lesson, students read a story about camouflage and then create their own animals to hide. Finally, students write an informational paragraph to describe their animals' hiding powers.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Writing Postcards: How's the Weather?
Writing Postcards: How's the Weather?
Worksheet
Writing Postcards: How's the Weather?
Your preschooler can get practice identifying seasons (and also writing postcards!) with this seasonal variety.
Kindergarten
Science
Worksheet
All About My Brother
All About My Brother
Worksheet
All About My Brother
How well do you know your siblings? Give your beginning writer a fun activity, where he'll answer questions about his big or little brother!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
What Are You Thankful For?
What Are You Thankful For?
Worksheet
What Are You Thankful For?
Children practice gratitude in this fall-themed worksheet that invites them to write down the things they are grateful for.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Note-Taking from a Text
Note-Taking from a Text
Worksheet
Note-Taking from a Text
Guide students to get the most out of non-fiction texts by thinking about their previous knowledge, what they learn, and what they still want to know. When they finish, they can trim it to paste into a spiral-bound notebook.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Make Your Own: Two Truths and One Lie
Make Your Own: Two Truths and One Lie
Worksheet
Make Your Own: Two Truths and One Lie
Use this creative reading and writing worksheet to have your child make their own two truths and one lie game to share with a friend.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
All About My Dad
All About My Dad
Worksheet
All About My Dad
Here's a great way for beginning writers to practice forming sentences and using descriptive language as they show special appreciation for Dad!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Sketch a Habitat: Desert
Sketch a Habitat: Desert
Worksheet
Sketch a Habitat: Desert
How much does your first grader know about the desert? Test her habitat knowledge with this fun printable.
1st grade
Science
Worksheet
Researching an Inventor
Researching an Inventor
Lesson Plan
Researching an Inventor
This lesson gives your students practice researching an inventor to write an informative essay. Students will use a graphic organizer to take notes on the research they conduct in the library or on the internet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
The Five W's of Notetaking
The Five W's of Notetaking
Lesson Plan
The Five W's of Notetaking
Thinking about who, what, when, where, and why isn’t just for detectives! Students will practice gleaning important information from texts using these questions and a few other tools.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Space Explorers: Christina Koch, Jessica Meir, and...YOU?
Space Explorers: Christina Koch, Jessica Meir, and...YOU?
Worksheet
Space Explorers: Christina Koch, Jessica Meir, and...YOU?
With the help of this reading and writing worksheet, young learners will learn about the first all-female spacewalk and then imagine what it would be like to be a space explorer themselves!
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast W.E.B. Du Bois and George Washington Carver
Compare and Contrast W.E.B. Du Bois and George Washington Carver
Lesson Plan
Compare and Contrast W.E.B. Du Bois and George Washington Carver
In this lesson, ask students to compare and contrast two important African-American historical figures. Students will write an informational paragraph on the similarities and differences between W.E.B. Du Bois and George Washington Carver.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Interesting Penguins
Interesting Penguins
Worksheet
Interesting Penguins
Help your kindergarten students think about key ideas they’ve learned about penguins using this helpful worksheet.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Learning About Maria Tallchief
Learning About Maria Tallchief
Lesson Plan
Learning About Maria Tallchief
This engaging lesson plan provides students with an opportunity to learn all about America's prima ballerina, Maria Tallchief.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Who Was Amelia Boynton Robinson?
Who Was Amelia Boynton Robinson?
Lesson Plan
Who Was Amelia Boynton Robinson?
Take your fourth and fifth graders on a deep dive into the civil rights movement with this lesson on Amelia Boynton Robinson. A key activist in the movement, Amelia played a critical role in organizing the Selma to Montgomery march. Your students will read, annotate, and analyze her biography through multiple reads, before discussing the text with their classmates.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
List the 50 States in Alphabetical Order
List the 50 States in Alphabetical Order
Worksheet
List the 50 States in Alphabetical Order
Put your child's memory and geographic knowledge to the test with this challenging exercise, where she'll list off the 50 states in alphabetical order.
5th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
How's the Weather? Postcards #9
How's the Weather? Postcards #9
Worksheet
How's the Weather? Postcards #9
Seasonal weather postcards get kids to learn some vocabulary and identify the seasons. Learn about spring, summer, fall, and winter with weather postcards.
Kindergarten
Science
Worksheet
St. Patrick's Day Celebrations
St. Patrick's Day Celebrations
Lesson Plan
St. Patrick's Day Celebrations
St. Patrick's Day is a widely popular holiday all over the world. Teach your students about some interesting traditions as they write an informative text about how St. Patrick's Day is celebrated.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
My School Atlas
My School Atlas
Lesson Plan
My School Atlas
Put your school on the map! Students will have fun creating an atlas of their very own school that includes maps and reference details.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
How's the Weather? Postcards #10
How's the Weather? Postcards #10
Worksheet
How's the Weather? Postcards #10
Check out these printable weather postcards, which feature iconic images of each season. Print out these weather postcards for your kindergartener.
Kindergarten
Science
Worksheet
Preservation of Natural Resources Brainstorm
Preservation of Natural Resources Brainstorm
Worksheet
Preservation of Natural Resources Brainstorm
Preservation of natural resources happens in lots of ways, big and small. When you don't want something to run out too quickly, what can you do to help?
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
How's the Weather? Postcards #2
How's the Weather? Postcards #2
Worksheet
How's the Weather? Postcards #2
Print out a set of weather-themed postcards to give your child practice identifying seasons. These weather postcards also allow kids to practice writing skills.
Kindergarten
Science
Worksheet
Informational Writing with Text Features
Informational Writing with Text Features
Worksheet
Informational Writing with Text Features
Use this open-ended writing activity to assess your students’ abilities to write informational texts and include appropriate text features. Students are asked to write about a topic of their choice using key details and facts, including at least one text
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Predator & Prey Organizers
Predator & Prey Organizers
Worksheet
Predator & Prey Organizers
After learning about a predator/prey relationship in the wild, students can use these organizers as a pre-writing exercise for informational paragraph writing. Students will use action verbs and adjectives to describe their predator and prey.
2nd 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.