What If You Had an Animal Tail? Combine student fun with animal adaptations for this opinion writing activity. Students will read What If You Had an Animal Tail and use graphic organizers to come up with reasons and supporting details to persuade their reader about what the best animal tail is and why. This What if You Had an Animal Tail Project is a GREAT way to combine science, reading, writing and FUN with your students.
Mentor Text Recommendation: This is common core aligned, and pairs great with the book What If You Had an Animal Tail by Sandra Markle.
Teaching Tips for What If You Had an Animal Tail Project:
As a class, you will gather information on why certain types of animal tails are unique by reading What If You Had an Animal Tail. Students will then select which pair of animal tails they would want, and come up with reasons why. Students will brainstorm, draft, plan, edit and publish a writing piece about 4 different reasons or facts to support their opinion or informative writing on the topic. Afterwards, students will complete a simple craft to add a pop of color and fun to their writing.
What’s Inside the What if You Had an Animal Tail Project:
- Teaching Plan
- Photo Examples
- Writing Prompt (for students)
- Brainstorming Pages (11 whole class & 2 individual)
- 3 Differentiated Graphic Organizers for Opinion Planning
- 3 Differentiated Graphic Organizers for Informative Planning
- Editing Checklist
- Publishing Pages
- 11 Craft Pages
- 2 Opinion Rubrics
- 2 Informative Rubrics
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Check out these other crafts in this series below:
- What If You Had Animal Feet?
- What If You Had Animal Eyes?
- What If You Had Animal Ears?
- What If You Had an Animal Tail?
- What If You Had an Animal Nose?
- What If You Had Animal Teeth?
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