Sticky Note Animal Reports

I am very excited to start an Ocean unit in my classroom! I have so many fun ideas that I think the kids will have to stay in school for 1/2 the summer so we can finish!

Next week my students will be working on ocean animal reports. (The Common Core really emphasizes informational reading and writing so this a perfect activity!) I chose 6 animals that I wants my class to learn about (Stingrays, Dolphins, Humpback Whales, Sea Turtles, Lobsters and Octopuses). I put the animal names on the board and then used random Popsicle stick drawing to choose kids to pick the ocean animal they wanted to research. I only allowed 4 students per animal so that we would get some variety. They were so excited! I gave them some books to read together in groups.

Next week we will start taking notes and writing our reports. There are lots of great report writing lessons out there,  but I didn't see one that was EXACTLY what I wanted. So I made my own!
Am I alone or do all students just LOVE using sticky notes?! In this lesson students will research an animal, take notes using sticky notes, write a report from an animal's point of view, illustrate, reflect on their writing and critique a partner's report. You can also have your students create a Table of Contents and Sources page if you choose. They will love the process while learning about animals, point of view, and report writing! Plus it will work for any kind of animal report! It doesn't just have to be ocean animals!  I just can't wait to get started! You can purchase my lesson HERE.

Thanks for making my Easter Egg Hunt review such a success! I hope you and your family enjoy your Easter holiday!