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Step-by-Step Informative Writing | 80 Prompts | Earth Day | Causes of Pollution

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Did you know that 9 out of 10 people live somewhere with polluted air? If you need an engaging way to teach informative writing, look no further than this step-by-step unit!

Perfect for elementary teachers and homeschoolers alike, this LOW PREP resource covers the five steps of informative writing—research and brainstormingmain points and supportintroduction and conclusiondraft, edit, and revise; and final draft—using a cross-curricular approach and causes of pollution theme.

Each day's lesson addresses one step. Differentiated graphic organizers—primary linesregular lines, and no lines—are included to match the student's handwriting skill level.


  • Earth Day (April 22) or causes of pollution unit study
  • Writing lessons or centers
  • Science class
  • ...or just for fun!


  • Teacher instructions
  • Topic cards (16 in color and 16 in B&W)
  • Differentiated mix-and-match research graphic organizers (3 levels)
  • Descriptive, how-to/sequence, cause and effect, compare and contrast, and problem and solution informative writing prompts (80; 5 per cause of pollution)
  • Differentiated informative writing graphic organizers (3 levels)
  • Step-by-step informative writing instructions and checklists
  • Sentences starters and transitions
  • BONUS DOWNLOAD: Anchor charts, writing rubrics, and student bookmarks


  • Each student picks or is assigned a topic from the cards
  • Select one of the included writing prompts or create your own 
  • Students research their assigned topic (individually or in small groups)
  • Starting with research and brainstorming, students complete one informative writing step each day
  • Students present their final draft—orally or using the included graphic organizers—in response to the assigned writing prompt

Help your students become expert informative writers! Whether you're looking for an introduction to informative writing or an assessment of prior knowledge, this resource has something for everyone. 


  • Aerosol sprays
  • Agricultural pollution
  • Aviation pollution
  • Beach litter
  • Coal fire
  • Construction pollution
  • Car exhaust fumes
  • Factory smoke
  • Forest fires
  • Oil rig spills
  • Oil slicks
  • Overflowing trash cans
  • Pesticide sprays
  • Plastic pollution
  • Sewage
  • Volcanic smog


  • Art (drawing and coloring)
  • English language arts
  • Grammar
  • Reading
  • Research
  • Science
  • Spelling
  • Writing
You will get a PDF (8MB) file

Terms of Use: This product is licensed for personal or classroom use ONLY, unless multiple licenses are purchased. Commercial use is not allowed. Refunds: All sales are final and non-refundable due to the immediate access to digital products.

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