Nonfiction Writing Unit with a freebie/giveaway! Plus a seek peek at my field trip this Thursday!

Hey all! Today was a LONGGGGGGGGGGGGG day! Was it for you? I am on this new medicine to help me with this yellow stuff all around and it is making me tired and having a headache! good! The kids were great, by my lessons today...were so off! Here is to a better day tomorrow!

I am done with my nonfiction unit and I am thrilled to share it with you! I use this unit as a tool to help students guide their research and rough drafts. This unit is really geared towards a 2-5 class since it requires 5 paragraphs: An introduction, 3 body paragraphs with main ideas and 3 details, and a conclusion paragraph! And so much more! Take a look!
There are some helpful teacher pages too! I also included some other pages such as an all about the author, table of contents, glossary, and a bibliography! This last year really helped my kids do their best writing by having it all in one place!

I also made last year this How to Research PowerPoint!

I can't wait to start using it again tomorrow! 

So tomorrow I have to teach but Thursday we are going on a pretty cool field trip! I am seriously talking over the top, awesome, fun field trip! I still can't believe my students and I will be doing...

Oh yes, we are going WHITEWATER RAFTING and also going on the low ropes course! How cool is that??? 

Check out the video!
I am going to tell you a secret...I dislike field trips very much:( They make me nervous....especially this one! I just hope it goes well. We are taking a charter bus to the U.S. National WhiteWater Center in Charlotte! I will have to share tons of pictures when I get back!

Would you like to win my nonfiction unit??? Just leave a comment about your favorite field trip and I will pick a winner tomorrow night! If you can't wait, I am putting it up in my stores tonight!

If you want that How do I research unit, just click HERE to get it for free!

Have a great night friends!


  1. I know I probably won't win since I'm the first comment but that unit is a must have! My favorite field trip is to the Sterling Hill Mine where the kids travel through a zinc mine and come home with their own rock collection. It's a blast every year!

  2. My favorite trip is our field trip to Legoland. I love your new unit.


  3. I don't really like field trips either, so stressful! We call them excursions here in Australia. So far my favourite has been to the city of Melbourne with my Kindergarten class, we were studying transport and went on a bus, train, tram and water taxi all in one day! The kiddos loved it but I was exhausted probably due to the fact that I was 7 months pregnant at the time....but hey these are the things we do right. Your field trip looks like AWESOME fun!

    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

  4. My favorite field trips are the in-school ones! We usually bring in someone to do science themed ones.

    Math is Elementary

    1. I LOVE in-school ones too! We do 3 a year with scientists! Are you in NC?

  5. I with you! I dread field trips but always have fun once it's said and done! We don't get to do any out of town field trips, so I guess my favorite is going to the Civic Theater to see local students put on plays. In fact, we are going tomorrow to see The Hundred Dresses (love that book!). I have two students in the play. Have fun on your awesome field trip!! Hope I win your packet!!

    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

  6. My favorite field trip with my third graders was to Zion National Park. We had a blast hiking and finding rocks, plants, and wildlife we'd studied in class.

    However, my favorite field trip ever was in 4th grade when I lived in PA and we got to go to Valley Forge and the Liberty Bell

  7. We go to the Science Museum every year for our field trip, and I think I have just as much fun as the kids :)

    Your unit loos great!

  8. My favorite field trip was when we got to go to the baseball game. We would use a novel about Babe Ruth to study baseball and have a local player visit our classroom. Then on school day we would go to the ballpark. This was an opportunity many of our kids normally would not have.


  9. We have been going to visit our state capitol building in Harrisburg, PA for years. It has been called the handsomest capitol by President Theodore Roosevelt. It is pretty cool, but I can't say that I have been to many other capitols! :)
    Love your nonfiction writing unit!!

  10. This unit looks so cool!! We do the same field trips every year, but this year we're trying something new!! We're going to a nature center and the program we're doing is a Dino Dig! I have no idea how it's done, but from what I hear it is awesome!! SO EXCITED!

    Whitewater rafting?!?! You're a brave woman!
    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

  11. I don't like field trips either! I feel like such a bad teacher when I say that :-( I just find it to be so stressful!

    We've actually done a low ropes course as our graduation trip with the fifth grade. It's so fun! Enjoy :-)

  12. This unit looks amazing! We go to the children's science museum every year --- so much fun for the kids and the adults!

  13. That field trip sound amazing! I normally don't like field trips AT ALL because they are so stressful, but yours sounds awesome! How did you manage that one?

    My favorite field trip is to see the Ice Queen with our kiddos around Christmas time. They are so into it and it really puts us in the Christmas spirit :)

  14. My favorite field trip is to do a Pond Study at our Nature Center. It always makes me nervous that some child (or parent) is going to fall into the water, but so far, so good!!!

  15. My favorite field trip is our end of the year 'spirit day'...we go to a nearby park and complete a race type scavenger hunt first. Then we play come cooperative games, have a picnic lunch, free play and head home!

    I am not sure I could go whitewater rafting on a field trip, that's for sure! More power to you!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  16. My favorite field trip was to the Hilton where the students took a cooking class!

  17. My class every year goes on a canal boat through a lock in Grand Rapids, Ohio. There is also a working grist mill that sells cornmeal and flour. It is really interesting. The class always says it's one of their favorite field trips. I love the history of it all!

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  19. My favorite field trip is when my 3rd graders and I spend the night at Kennedy Space Center and sleep under a Saturn V rocket! It's a once in a lifetime experience for most people, but I am blessed to have been on this trip 7 times. It's exhausting, but a lot of fun.

    This unit would be perfect for what we are working on now in writing!


  20. My favorite filed trip is when my 3rd grade class goes to the Dahlonega Gold Mines. The kids go through the mine, pan for gold, and then mine for gems. They get so excited about all their "rocks" that it is a perfect lead into our rocks and minerals unit.

    This unit would be perfect for our informational writing on "their favorite" rock.

  21. On a field trip to the SC State House a few years ago, one student was so excited to see the "Sword of the Senate" as we entered the upstairs viewing area that he (without thinking) shouted out, "Look! There it is! THE FAMOUS SWORD!". Well, needless to say, we got the attention of all the senators on the floor. Luckily they were very good natured about it and even invited us down to see the sword close up when they took a break. With field trips, you just never know!!!

  22. Our field trips are nowhere near as exciting as whitewater rafting...I couldn't imagine! No wonder you dread fieldtrips! I would have to say my favorite field trip as a teacher would be our nature scavenger hunt at the local city park. The kids had so much fun discovering the world around them. It was great to stand back and watch them explore!:)

  23. Wow your field trip sounds like fun! I am not a big fan of field trips. My favorite one is when we go and spend the day at Pioneer School. The students get a real experience of what life was like in the days of pioneers. We make cornbread, do chores, and spend time learning in a one room schoolhouse.


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