How to Accept a GIFT! This is an awesome writing experience for children.
If you are using Lucy Calkins in the kindergarten classrooms, you will appreciate these ideas:
Procedural Writing (How-To Writing)
Examples of a Students’ Writing:
How to make a cupcake: http://timmonstimes.blogspot.com/2009/02/procedural-writing.html
How to make Stone Soup: http://hkidshighlights.blogspot.com/2008/10/stone-soup.html
Examples of how-to writing: http://hkidshighlights.blogspot.com/2008/12/writing-through-week.html
You Tube video link
How to Make Crayons http://writingeverydayworks.wordpress.com/2009/11/06/how-to-make-crayons/
Books that Support How-To writing:
Lucy Calkins: http://www.unitsofstudy.com/toc_lc_lp.asp
Tony Stead’s book, Is That A Fact?, http://writingeverydayworks.wordpress.com/2009/02/27/tony-stead-how-to-resources/
AWESOME wikispaces about procedural writing: http://firstgradecce.wikispaces.com/Writing+-+Functional
Theme 7: We Can Work It Out – How to Read a Recipe T226
Theme 10: We Can Work It Out – Instructions T92-T103
Theme 10: We Can Work It Out – Giving Directions T125
Figure out and list classroom procedures that could be written as How-To Writing:
-How to sit on the rug
-How to sharpen a pencil
-How to read a book quietly
-How to line up quietly
Choose one topic and write in a list:
How to sit on the rug
First, stand up.
Second, push in your chair
Third, walk to the rug
Fourth, find a spot next to your partner
Fifth, sit down criss cross applesause, point your nose and knees at the teacher
Read lots of books that build the understanding of “How To” or “Procedures” books at a variety of levels from Newbridge and Sundance Publishing.
A teaching point that the students need to understand is, “What can you (the students) teach someone?”
Students brainstorm ideas…
How to make a sundae?
How to line-up to go outside.
How to ride a bike.
How to make a peanut butter sandwich.
How to be a good friend.
How to brush your teeth.
How to make your bed.
How to take care of your pet.
How to make ________.
How to pick out a just-right book.
Read several examples of pictures with captions to build understanding of how-to text. The students realize through the lesson that how-to writing to told in order (sequence) and clearly is about one idea (on topic). I used 6 picture sequences.
Teacher models writing in order.
Teacher shares student writing samples. ( I will post this in a few weeks since I had a computer glitch and need to retake these in April. I have awesome examples!)
Tony Stead, the author of the two books, Is That A Fact? and Reality Checks, is one of my favorite authors. I have recently been revisiting his work. One of the lessons I am developing is the writing understandings needed for “How-To” writing. Tony Stead has lots of resources in his book, Is That A Fact. I ordered 20 of the suggested “How-To” books from his student resource books. I will post more as this lesson is developed later in the week. I am having this lesson video taped in CO and using it as a training resource in staff development. I am excited.