Warm-Up for Classroom Reports
Reporters go to the scene of the action. They discover what's going on and investigate the situation. Once they have gathered enough information, they write a report. This unit asks you to play the role of a reporter in your classroom. You'll learn all about a special topic and write a classroom report about it.
What Is a Report?
Listen to "What Is a Classroom Report?"
A report shares important information about a topic. To learn the best information about your report topic, you'll need to investigate books, Web sites, and videos. You may even gather information from first-hand experiences. Then you'll organize your information and write a report about it. By sharing your report with classmates, you'll help them discover what's so special about the topic too!
In this unit, you’ll read classroom reports about amazing geological places, such as the Great Salt Lake and the Grand Canyon. Then you’ll write a report about another amazing place from our natural world.
Thinking About What You Know
To write a report, you need to learn about your topic. You can look for information in books, on Web sites, and in other sources.
A KWL chart is a strategy for taking good notes as you read about your writing topic. Here’s how it works.
- The “K” column shows what you know. Work on this part before you read.
- The “W” column shows what you want to know. Work on this part before you read, too.
- The “L” column shows what you learned from a reading. Work on this part after you read.
The sample KWL chart shows how the parts fit together.
Fill in a KWL chart.
In the “K” column, write what you already know about the Rocky Mountains. In the “W” column, write what you want to learn. Then read the article and fill in the “L” column with what you learned. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.
You may decide to use an alternative reading for this activity related to the specific project you are assigning.