We found inspiration in How to Train a Train, which my students enjoyed in spite of its very simple story.
After reading, we brainstormed the elements of procedural writing. Students determined that there had to be a title, an introduction, several steps that each started with a verb and an evaluation step so that the person following the instructions would know whether or not they had succeeded.
Then students headed off to try their hands at writing through the writer’s workshop procedure.
They had a blast brainstorming what their “how to” might be about.
The rest of the week will be very busy with innovation fair and celebration of learning so we have a few fun things planned for the spaces where we are not otherwise tied up.
Students will read and write recipes, which will support our work in ELA procedural writing and math fractions. We will be cooking but I haven’t yet decided what to cook as I think that will depend on how hot it gets this week… Maybe we’ll make ice cream!
I think we’ll finish off the week with this cute idea:
Some days you just need to play while learning😉