Lesson Plan

Informational Writing for Elementary Students

Students will be able to write an informational piece on pumpkins using technology and nonfiction books.
Jessica G.
Classroom teacher
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My Grades 1
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to gather facts about a particular topic and write an informational piece.


English Language Arts
reading comprehension
using supporting evidence
life cycle
Grades 1 - 3
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1 Hook

Activity: Conversing

Engage the students in a conversation regarding pumpkins.  Then, ask the students to think about if they have ever helped to carve a pumpkin.  This really peaks student interest around the month of October.  

Begin the creation of a KWL regarding pumpkins.  Have students discuss with a partner what they already know about pumpkins. Then ask the students what they want to learn more about regarding pumpkins.

Student Instructions

Take some think time to come up with what they will tell their partner regarding the assistance of carving a pumpkin. When discussing with partners, complete sentences must be used.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Reading

Teacher will read aloud several nonfiction books throughout the unit, and add to the KWL chart.  Some nonfiction pumpkin books include...

From Seed to Pumpkin (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Books Series) by Wendy Pfeffer

The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons

From Seed to Pumpkin ( Welcome Books) by Jan Kottke

Perfect Pumpkins by Jeff Bauer

Student Instructions

Students will listen to the information read by the teacher.  They will think of one new fact that they learned regarding pumpkins, and share it with a partner after the read aloud.  Students will give the teacehr information to add to the KWL chart.

3 More Direct Instruction

Tell the students that there are different ways of gathering information for their writing.  Show the piece on "Pumpkin Harvest" on PebbleGo to the whole class.  Discuss the information with the students before going on to the next section.

Using Google Images helps with showing students that there are actually red and blue pumpkins!!

Student Instructions

Students will watch "Pumpkin Harvest" on PebbleGo and come up with new information reagrding pumpkins.  Be ready to share with the class.

4 Guided Practice

Activity: Creating

Review with the students the different sources that they could use to gather factual information regarding pumpkins.  Using a graphic organizer guide them through starting it...including adding the topic and a couple of informational facts together.

Student Instructions

Students will begin creating their graphic organizer for their informational writing.

5 Independent Practice

At this time, students can attain more factual information about pumpkins for their graphic orgainzer.  They can use computers or books.  They can even use each other to get information, but they must explain to their partner where they found it.  After completing their graphic orgainzer, the students will begin to write their informational piece on pumpkins.




Student Instructions

Students will use books, the computer, and each other to gather information for their graphic organizer so that they can begin their writing.

6 Wrap Up

Activity: Presenting

The teacher can have the students read their piece to a couple of other students in the classroom to ensure that it makes sense and edit as necessary.  Then the teacher will listen to the student read their writing, and make necessary suggestions.

Author's chair is a great opportunity for students to share their writing.  Allowing the students to put their writing under the document camera to share with the class is another way of celebrating their writing.

Student Instructions

Students will work with other peers as well as the teacher to improve their writing. They will also ensure that their writing is "Author's Chair" or "Document Camera" ready!