Writing About Animals – Turtles and Tortoises


Primary report template to help students complete their first research projects on animals, specifically turtles, and tortoises.  Additional products allow for comparing and contrasting these two animals.


Do your students need help writing about animals?
Are you interested in your students completing animal research projects?
Do you need a simple-to-use animal report template?
I created these resources to help guide my younger students through their first research projects without being overwhelmed or unsure what information to find. This very low-prep (copy, fold, and go) report template is easy to use and keeps the students engaged with the mix of facts, diagramming, coloring, and drawing.
Students will diagram essential parts of the animal, draw and color a proper habitat, list the animal’s needs, draw and color the animal, and include the details of its life cycle. They must also show their learning by explaining if the animal would make a good pet or what people can do to help it in the wild.
Students also extend their learning by taking the information and completing a t-chart and a Venn diagram. Themed paper is also provided for students to write a comparison paragraph.
These two animals were chosen because they are so similar, and now children can answer the question, “What is the difference between a turtle and a tortoise?”
Included in this resource:
Tortoise Report Template
Turtle Report Template
Vocabulary Page
T-Chart- Comparison Activity
Venn Diagram
Mini-Book Option
Writing Page for Informative Writing
Suitable for first, second, and third grade.


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