After reading the book aloud to them, I started out by modeling what I wanted them to research. I used a Tree Map to show them the information I found about horses. This also served as the information I wanted them to search for their research. I put a star next to the "important" fact and circled the other information I wanted to include.
After I created my Tree Map, they chose their animals to research and researched to create their Tree Maps.
Then I wrote my paragraph using the information and creating a model for them to use.
They used my model to write a rough draft to edit and revise. Their final copy was complete with a picture at the top.
Overall, these second graders learned a lot about some simple research to get them ready for third grade. They really enjoyed working on this and took great pride in it ~ something they all need!