Over the course of a six-week period, third-grade students at Eanes Elementary in Austin, Texas deeply explored the genres of informational and narrative nonfiction. In addition to perfecting their research skills through both observation and text analysis, students focused on critique and revision of both their writing and illustrations.
This work was bound together by a class inquiry into frogs and toads. While students used their African dwarf frog (class pet) as one outlet for their investigation, they each selected a different species of frog or toad to research, illustrate, and write about. The result was an incredible compilation of nonfiction narrative stories about frogs and toads around our world. The final product, an e-booklet, can be seen here.
How This Project Can Be Useful
- Excellent example of a well-planned project combining both scientific research and creativity
- Pairs an aesthetically pleasing format with pertinent information
- Student writing is carefully composed and corresponds well to the drawing
- A creative and effective format to address and deepen content required by state requirements
Common Core State Standards
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