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Pest World For Kids

Report Writing

Reportwritting

Assignment: Become a Pest Expert

Do you need to write a paper for your Science class? Want to create a public service announcement to broadcast during your school’s morning announcements? Or, do you need to make a digital slideshow for a small group project?

If so, you’ve come to the right place!

We’ve created a 10-step procedure to help you organize and communicate your new knowledge of pests in a report format. It may seem like a lot of work, but if you follow a few simple steps you’ll be amazed at how much you can learn about the wonderful world of insects.

Click on Step 1 to get started. Or, download the PestWorldforKids.org Writing Manual to use offline.

Notes for the Teacher

For students learning how to write, it can be frustrating to figure out how to organize information and to communicate in a clear, logical progression. PestWorldforKids.org developed a 10-step procedure, presented in a manual form for teaching your students how to take and organize notes into a written research report.

The manual is written at a fifth grade level, so older students may follow along independently or with a partner. Alternatively, you may find it helpful to use the manual as a script to directly teach the procedure to students of all ages. By the end of the ninth step, your students will have written and revised a multi-paragraph research paper, complete with an introduction and conclusion.

If your students have limited access to computers, you can download a PDF version of the manual for them to use. A complete multi-day lesson plan is available for you to download, as well. Both versions contain a note-taking template that you and your students may photocopy. These have been found to work especially well on transparencies.

Correlations with National Standards

Correlations With the Standards from the National Council of Teachers of English

Standard 1: Students read a wide range of print and non-print texts … to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment. Among these texts are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works.

Standard 3. Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features.

  • Students are prompted to recall their prior knowledge as well as share their written work with other students to check for clarity.

Standard 5. Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.

  • The procedure used in the PestWorldforKids.org Research Manual invokes several elements of the writing process including pre-writing (recalling prior knowledge), drafting, revising and publishing.

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