How to Brush Your Teeth: a Procedural Writing Activity for 2nd-4th Grade

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This product is all about procedural writing. When we ask students to write the procedure for any task, they have to think critically and thoughtfully, making sure their instructions for the reader are very clear. Procedural writing activities reveal a lot about where students are at not only in terms of their writing skills but also their capacity as authors to think about their audience and purpose. For these reasons, I find procedural writing to be a highly effective writing form for assessing my students’ skills.

Since everyone can relate to the importance of good dental care and we brush our teeth every day, writing about this routine should prove to be a very rich experience for our students.

I think this will also be an excellent sharing activity after the exercise is completed. I’m sure students will not only learn a thing or two about how they can refine their dental care routine, but they’ll also listen to each other’s work and hopefully do a little self-assessing about what they did well and how they can improve their work.

This product does not need to be assigned as a booklet. It can easily be broken up and set up as a number of literacy stations. It would also work very well as your Emergency Plans for your Literacy Block. I’ve designed this product so that it is easily differentiated. There is something here for all learners. Most students will be able to complete the entire piece from start to finish, but there is purposeful work that can be assigned to those students with different learning needs.

This product includes:
• a cover page for students to color (useful if you intend to assign the product as a “booklet”)
• two similar success criteria checklists (I’ve included the one I use in my own room and a more generic one)
• a link to a blank, editable checklist (Publisher document) in case neither of my checklists work for you
• a “No Excuse” list for a class generated word list that students can refer to throughout the task –it’s kind of like a portable word wall just for this assignment
• two different webs for students to record/brainstorm their ideas (choose the one that best suits your needs)
• a lined page to write the paragraph itself
• a second, but very similar version of the assignment for those students on IEPs or modified academic programs (It’s a booklet with each page devoted to a step. It includes space for a picture and a sentence)
• a word-search for early finishers
• a page for students to practice their media-related skills by creating a mini-poster promoting good dental care
• a guide to how I use this product in my own class

The entire product is 21 pages long, 11 of those are the actual printable student pages.

The preview is the best description of this product, please be sure to take a look at it as it shows all the items that are included. I’d hate for you to buy this product and find it’s not what you were looking for.

Thanks so much for visiting my store. If there is anything I can do to make this product better suit your needs, please don’t hesitate to ask, sometimes all it takes is a little tweak here and there to make it a perfect fit for your classroom.

Patti Mihalides

Please note: this product does not provide a lesson on dental hygiene or correct brushing technique.
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