All About Books - Our Non-fiction Research Project! - Susan Jones Teaching

All About Books - Our Non-fiction Research Project!

I may have said it 3728970423498320 times...

but this project is MY FAVORITE!


We have finally started our All About Books!

 Our "sloppy-copy" folders are piling up and ready for their first round of editing!

We are only about a week in, but my kids are already loving reading AND writing about their animals!

This was the schedule for week one:

Here are my students during their book walk:
I spread out the books all over the room. Sharks on one table, bears on the carpet, etc. and students spend the first day just enjoying the different animal books and trying to choose which animal they want to write about.

After they find out their animal, I have them complete a fascinating facts page:
Students get to spend the second day with their research group, reading and exploring all the fun facts about their animals. When students find a new fact, they write it down - in their OWN words - and write the page number they found it on.

Next, we made a diagram and a dedication page! My pictures of those are on my real camera... which is dead... so next time I will add 'em to the post!

Some how-to writing:
How to Save Owls
  When people cut down trees we need to make sure the owls out of the tree. If an owl gets trapped in a tree we need to help them so they can go free. When owls are hurt we need to help them when owls are hurt.

How to Find Food for an Owl
 First, you go to the forest and find a dead rat at night and some worms. Next, you climb a tree and find an owl...

Okay...So.... We need to work on these lol, but they crack me up and they are just the "sloppy copies." I will be sure to take more pictures of the process as we go!

If you'd like to start this all About Book with your kids you can read more about it by clicking the picture below:

This unit is also in my Common Core Writing for 1st Grade Bundle which includes a unit for writing narratives and opinion pieces!

Now, I'm off to eat some dark chocolate and catch up on my DVR!

Snooki and JWoww here I come ;)


  1. I love all your writing ideas! Your small-moments pack still blows me away. You have inspired me to become a better writing teacher this fact I just finished writing a blog post about my success to post this weekend. Thanks for sharing all your ideas!

    For the Love of First Grade

    1. This is the sweetest comment EVER! Do not give me that much credit, ha! I am so glad your students are enjoying writing and I hope they are becoming better writers every day!!

  2. Super Great non-fiction writing! I call it a Sloppy Copy, too! I haven't heard anyone else call it that!!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

    1. Haha! My friend, Michelle, called it a sloppy copy last year and I just loved it! I had to use it!

  3. Their writing looks fantastic! Love how once they get the frame of it, they take off and can write about anything! Using the research books is a fantastic idea. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

    1. You are very welcome! The lightbulb has finally gone off and now they can start doing a lot more on their own - it is wonderful!

  4. Ah, I am totally using your Opinion packet right now! My kiddos are loving it and I had to brag about them (and you!) on my blog ;-)
    Your All About is lined up to be my next writing unit. It will be the perfect compliment to our Science unit on animals and animal habitats. LOVE LOVE LOVE your writing packs! They totally help me to enjoy teaching writing! THANK YOU!
    Colleen :-)
    Fun and Fearless in First

    1. Thank YOU Colleen!!! I hope the opinion writing is going well - I will have to stop by and see!! We don't start ours til late March!

  5. I LOVE THIS!! :) We are going to use it with my guided instruction small group to extend our farm theme! Thanks!

    1. How fun! I love that idea - thanks Dianna!

  6. I gave you a shout out today! Check it out!

    Karen Rowland
    Adventures With Firsties

  7. Hi there,

    I love the idea of my students learning how to do research. My concern is about my kiddo's who cannot read. Non-fiction text is not always very first grade friendly. Did you encounter problems like that with any of your non-readers? What did you do for them? Our third grade class does a huge research project on animals so I would have to think of something else, but still love the idea. :) Thanks for sharing.


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