Nonfiction Reading (FREEBIE!)

I love teaching about informational text.  I think that is can easily be neglected since literary text can be more fun to teach.  It is also easier, since most kids are already familiar was literary text structures.

There is also the tiny, little problem with appropriate text levels.  Informational text often can be WAAAAYYYY above your student's reading levels. I always had the hardest time finding informational text, with any kind of meat to it, that my kids could actually READ.

So now I just write it myself. :) It makes things so much easier.

My latest pack has FIVE informational articles.


The articles revolve around popular December and January themes.  The topics are: the arctic fox, polar bear, snowy owl, blizzards, and the North and South Pole. 

These are perfect for small group instruction.

Most the topics address either survival (human and animal) or adaptations (the animals in the articles). 

One great way to introduce ALL the topics is by using a Frayer model.  Have you ever used a Frayer model? It is actually a vocabulary strategy that was developed by Dorthey Frayer and some of her colleagues at the University of Wisconsin in the late 1960's.   It is a great way for kids to deepen their understanding of vocabulary words. 



 In this case, I am using it as a way to deepen kids understanding of the main theme, or overarching idea in these articles. This would be a FANTASTIC way to introduce the articles.  Then, as you read the articles students could add to the bottom showing examples of human and/or animal survival.


I know in 3rd grade, many science curriculum covers adaptations, so I added this as a Frayer model.  You could use these for students to find the animal adaptions that help animals survive the extreme weather. It could be used instead of (or in addition, if you want) to the Frayer model above. It would be used the same, as an introduction to the articles, and then students could add to the adaptions (behavioral and structural) on the bottom as they read the articles.

If you like these Frayer models they are FREEBIES!  You can snag them here!


Each of the articles includes a page of comprehension questions and a graphic organizer for students to practice finding the main idea.


Each article includes a simple extension project for students to complete.  This is perfect for independent  work after students have read the article in small group.


For the animal articles, students will create a "smoosh book." These are adorable, one page books that students can create.  They can apply their knowledge of text features and new learning from the article and additional, two page Fact File on each topic. 

Have your ever seen "smoosh books?" They are so much fun!


Students can create a tiny, library of books by storing all their research books in a small box, like a jello, pectin, or even the single serving breakfast cereal boxes.


Aren't they precious?  And only ONE copy per student!



For the blizzard and the North and South Pole article, students will be creating flip books. In the North and South Pole Article, students will read the article, then complete a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting the North and South pole.  Finally, students will use the Venn diagram to complete a flip book about the similarities between the two.

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How to Make Hot Chocolate FREEBIE!

I love How-To writing!  It is so much fun to teach AND to learn.  There is nothing like ACTUALLY letting students make a PB & J sammie, amiright?

My last year in second grade I was co-teaching.  We were about to start How-To writing and my co-teacher was like, "Let me pull out my sequencing puzzles so kids can choose a topic, put the puzzle together, and write about it."

I was like WOW.   HOW did I never think of the relationship between sequencing and how-to writing  in the ten plus years I taught!??!?! I wanted to smack my head on the table.

It was EASIEST way to introduce How-To Writing ever!


So now, I have a FREEBIE for you using this strategy, but check this little gem first!



The freebie includes a brainstorming page that revolves around a grammar skill.  This grammar skill is brainstorming adjectives using the five senses to improve their writing.


Then, students will color in the pictures (there are 4 steps) and glue the pictures in order to sequence their writing.


Finally, students can write about the steps for making hot chocolate in the mug shaped book!  Students can use adjectives brainstormed on their web to improve their writing.


I glued cotton balls on the top of my mug book so it looked like marshmallows! Want your FREE copy?  Simply click on the picture above?

Would you like more simple How To Writing projects?




This freebie is a a piece of my latest writing pack.  You can snag the entire pack for only $3.50 in my TpT store! The pack contains three writing projects: how to make hot chocolate (the freebie above), how to wrap a gift, and how to build a snowman.



I specifically choose these topics so you can use them into January!


The grammar skills included in this pack are adjectives (from the hot chocolate freebie above), using vivid verbs (wrapping a gift), and adverbs (building a snowman). These specifically support students in applying standards based grammar skills in their writing. Click on any of the pictures to grab it!

I am thrilled to share that this freebie is part of a 12 Days of Christmas collaboration I am doing.  A few bloggers  will share a different freebie over the next 12 days.  As the great culmination, we will give away Amazon and TpT gift card on Dec 14-16th so make sure to keep checking in on my Facebook and Instagram page (where the contest will be held)! 

Looking for some more freebies? So far we are only on day three, but here are the freebies that have been shared so far!






Keep checking my Facebook page each day for more freebies!

Click here for this great pack of FREE math centers, plus get tips and updates from me!



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