Friday, January 1, 2016

Long Ago Informative Writing & a FREEBIE

Happy New Year!

I am always in awe of the new feels so refreshing to have a clean start to a new year. I am looking forward to seeing what 2016 has in store!

I have been on break from school for almost 4 weeks, so I am pretty excited to get back to the act of teaching my sweet first graders.

During break I have been busy creating a new writing unit that came to me before trackout.

At this time of the year I always teach a  "Long Ago"social studies unit. We also start an informative "All About" writing unit. Long ago before I know of TpT I created a writing booklet for my students to use as we compared the past to the present.

Let me tell you, it was not cute!! :)

So I had an idea to make a flap book that compared the past to the the present and I am so excited that it came out exactly as I envisioned! (rarely happens to me) This unit ended up to be so much more than I imagined, take a peek at some of the goodies!

I know since it is interactive with the moving flaps my kids are going to EAT.IT.UP.!  I love that our social studies unit is integrated with writing, so the writing unit becomes so meaningful to my students. I also love that there is not a lot of cutting to make the pages interactive to show past/present.

By the end of our unit my students will learn 5 topics from these (schools, homes, transportation, chores, jobs, entertainment, clothing, communication) and create an "All About" chapter book. The book will include an introduction, table of contents, chapter pages, and closing. We will use text features like labels, headings, and bold words to help our readers learn as true "All About" books do. 

I teach my students through books, websites, or videos about a topic a day and how to write a clear informative piece that teaches others about the topic.

While creating I thought it might be helpful for others to see how I teach the unit so I put together a planning guide. Also, through the years I have found so many great resources so I included online links to a lot of them to help other teachers. 

When finished my students will create their own informative chapter book that will look something like this. 

If you are interested in seeing more in my TpT shop you can click here: Long Ago and Today

If you have read through this post, I hope you got some good ideas. I have a FREEBIE for you even if you don't teach this writing unit. Your students would still love this printable! You could use it when teaching categorizing skills or compare and contrast. You can grab this for free {HERE}!

Thanks for stopping by and reading! If you have any additional resources (books, websites) you have found that makes teaching this unit even more engaging I'd love for you to leave a comment below! 

Happy 2016!


  1. I am featuring one of your posts and anchor charts about friendly letters on my next blog post which will go live on Thursday night. I hope that's OK! I am linking back to you. Please let me know if you want me to change/edit anything. :)

    1. Hi Marla,

      Thanks so much :) I can't wait to read your post! Happy New Year!