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Field Guide to Insects in Western Massachusetts

School: Alice B. Beal Elementary

City/State: Springfield, MA

Grade(s): 2

Format(s): Field guide: Natural science

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Science and Technology, Visual Arts

Type(s): Informative/Explanatory

Writing Assignment Description

Second grade students at the Alice B. Beal Elementary School in Springfield, Massachusetts created a field guide as part of a two-month learning expedition on insects local to their area.

Students worked in pairs, and each entry includes scientific illustrations of the pair’s insect, a life cycle of the insect, as well as detailed written descriptions. Multiple revisions were done with feedback from students and adults.

How This Writing Can Be Useful

  • Writing is strong and clear and shows student voice
  • Well-designed layout combining different types of information
  • Excellent use of headers illustrating how a common format can be used to present information

Relevant Resources

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can participate in shared research projects.
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