What kid DOESN'T know how to chew bubble gum?! When teaching my students how to write effective how-to papers, I reinforce that it's important to write about what you know. With this activity, I give each kid a piece of Double Bubble Bubble Gum and ask that they chew it for ten minutes; meanwhile they are taking notes about the steps involved in blowing the actual bubble. Once they are confident all steps are accounted for from chew to pop, we turn their "steps" into a how-to paragraph. This is a great time to discuss sequence words to spice up a lot of instruction (first, then, next, after that, meanwhile, soon, etc.) Once the kids have written their yummy how-to's, they draw a self-portrait of their face and tape semi-inflated pink balloons to their drawings (to make it look like their picture is blowing a bubble.) They love this and have a blast chewing while they work because, of course, they're NEVER allowed to chew gum at school! :) Enjoy!