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Old 02-21-2010, 04:29 PM
 
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I am a new teacher starting a writing unit on Non-Fiction. Students will be writing All-About Books on Animals. Does any one have lesson plans they can suggest? Thanks so much.


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This is one of my favorite units! We do it at various times throughout the year. We start with nonfiction question and answer books , a few months later how-to writing, then about 6 weeks later nonfiction riddles follwed by All About books. At the year's end we do research on insects and they incorporate many of the previous units into their research books.
For all about books, you could have them do it on food, a country, a famous person, a city, etc. I am assuming you are using Units of Study? Lucy has a lot of great ideas with that.
I teach ideas for chapters to help them limit their research. I usually check out a mobile lab so we can research online.
We make All About flip books and make sure they include features of nonfiction texts. Make sure you teach that during reading.
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What is a mobile lab?
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A mobile lab is a cart with laptops -enough for a class, if they are all charged.
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Do you have a template that you use to make your all about books?


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No. It is just 5 sheets of paper folded like a flip book. I leave about an inch for each page to put the chapter title.
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Here's a suggestion for chapters in the All About Animal Book
What the animal looks like? (labeled diagram)
Where the animal lives?
What the animal eats?
Enemies
Fun Facts
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