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How To Write Animal Reports

Are you writing animal reports with your students? Want an easy step-by-step process to support your students? Check out this simple process.

Steps To Write An Animal Report

There are seven steps (with an optional 8th step) to follow when teaching your students to write an animal report. The steps are:

  1. Choose Your Animal
  2. Research Your Animal
  3. Make Jot Notes
  4. Write a Draft
  5. Revise and Edit
  6. Write a Good Copy
  7. Illustrate Report
  8. Assess Report (Optional)

Report Writing Activity Objectives

In this writing activity students will:

  • conduct research to find out about their animals,
  • write sentences that contain important information, and
  • create reports that provide information to their readers.

Materials For Activity

Here are the files you’ll need for this activity:

Directions For Writing Activity

Step One: Choose Animal Topics To Write About

There are different ways that students can choose the topic for their animal reports. Students can:

  • choose their own topic.
  • pick an animal out of a hat.
  • be assigned an animal.

Step Two: Research Your Animal

Students can use different sources to find information about their animals depending on the resources you have available. Students can use:

*** These jot notes are a part of the animal report found in the Teaching With a Touch of Honey Writing Club.

Step Three: Make Jot Notes On Animal Research Report Template

Making jot notes is a difficult skill for students to master. Provide your students with jot note templates to support them with this process. Students can write one category that they are researching on each template. Categories may include:

  • Description
  • Habitat
  • Diet
  • Predators
  • Family or Life Cycle
  • Other Interesting Facts

Step Four: Write About An Animal In Draft

Once students have finished writing their jot notes, they can write their draft reports. Students take the information they have gathered on their jot note templates and make them into paragraphs for their reports.

Give students a draft template for each category they researched. If they found information on all six categories, provide students with 6 draft templates. Students write the category at that top of the draft template and then use their jot notes to write their paragraphs.

Step Five: Revise and Edit

Teachers can support their students as they revise and edit with differentiated writing checklists. Choose a checklist that matches the individual learning needs of your students. Students work through the checklist to make their writing better. 

Step Six: Write Animal Report Good Copy

After students edit and revise their draft reports, they’re ready to write the good copy of their report. Students can use the final copy templates to write their good copy of their report.

Step Seven: Illustrate Report

The last step of the report writing process is adding illustrations to the final copy templates to enhance what students have written in their reports.

Step Eight: Assess Report (Optional)

An optional step of the report writing process is to assess the work done by the students. This can be accomplished through self, peer, and teacher assessments. Rubrics could also be used.

Differentiation Ideas

There are different ways you can differentiate this activity in your classroom.

    1. Draft Templates: There are 3 different draft templates provided for each of the writing activities. You can provide each student with a copy of the draft template that matches their learning needs. The templates look similar but require students to provide a different number of details in their story.
    2. Number of Categories and Facts:
    3. Partner Writing: Studnets
    4. Provide Choice: Let students choose the animal they research.
    5. Editing Bookmarks: There are 4 different editing bookmarks. Provide each student with a copy of the bookmark that matches their learning needs. The bookmarks are similar but include a different number of editing skills.

What Teachers are Saying About the Animal Report Writing Activity:

❤️ “This is a well planned out project. I invited my students to select an animal from the list that they wanted to learn about. Then over three weeks in the computer lab, they were charged with learning about their animal and took notes on the pages provided. Their final project was written and they received a writing grade for their hard work. My principal said she really like this project. Thank you!” – Peggy R.

❤️ “I am using this for our research/informational writing unit. I love how there are differentiated pages for learners of all types, visual steps of the process, and the rubrics at the end!” – Kristin Y. 

❤️ “My students were able to use this resource with little help. It is well organized and gives them step by step guidance. I look forward to using it again this year.” – JoAnne V. 

❤️ I loved this resource. It was a perfect packet to use as I introduced writing a research paper. The note taking options for different level students was perfect. The note taking step helped the students pick important information instead of writing everything! I only had to get books from the library in order to make this project a success! Loved this resource!” – Nancy B.

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Report Writing Activities

Editing Bookmarks

Assessments and Rubrics (Insects)

Report Writing Activities

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  • animals, 
  • biographies
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  • desert animals, dinosaurs and other prehistoric reptiles
  • habitats
  • insects
  • pets, plants
  • states

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