Explanation writing is a skill that every new child writer should become comfortable with. Teaching explanation writing is no easy feat, which is why we are here to help with a working example!
Good explanation texts thoroughly explain and expand on the topic they cover. They typically answer a “how” or “why” question. For example, an explanation text may be answering questions like “Why does the Earth orbit the sun?” or “How do kids have so much energy?”. In order to answer these questions, thorough explanations accompanied with plenty of details are required, making a good explanation text.
You could challenge children to write about one of these topics:
Now that your child has some background knowledge on explanation texts and what makes them successful, we’ve provided a few activities that are even more comprehensive. These activities provide your child with an example of an explanation text and two activities that will put their knowledge of explanation texts to the test! Good luck!