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Expository Writing


K, 1st, 2nd


English Language Arts


30 minutes

Regional Focus



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Animal Research and Writing

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May 3, 2024
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In this activity, students will research and write an informational piece about an animal. Students will research the animal's habitat as well as how climate change has impacted the animal.
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Teaching Tips
  • There are multiple levels provided to meet the different needs of students.

  • Research can be completed as a whole group, in small groups, or independently.

  • Research and writing can be done over multiple days.

  • Students should be encouraged to choose an animal that they are interested in learning more about. Younger students may need guidance when choosing an animal.

  • This activity should be done as a companion to a study on animals and climate change. Students will need some background knowledge before attempting this activity.

  • It is important to note that the concept of endangered animals may be difficult for some students. Be sure to check in and provide a safe space for students to share their feelings related to this topic.

Possible Sources for Research

Scientist Notes

In this exercise, students can study to gain knowledge about how animal biodiversity is affected by climate change. They may evaluate and categorize the susceptibility of animals in the context of climate change thanks to its supplementary information. Use of this activity in the classroom is advised following the science review.


This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

Supporting Standards

  • English Language Arts
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.IW.K.2 Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts to convey ideas.
      • W.IW.1.2 With prompts and support, write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information.
      • W.WR.1.5 With prompting and support, generate questions through shared research about a topic and determine possible sources to obtain information on that topic.
      • W.IW.2.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information.

Note On Standards:

This lesson is aligned to SubjectToClimate standards. Review the aligned standards directly in the lesson plan document and teacher slideshow.

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