Procedural Mini Writing Unit with Culminating Activity
Kids need to be able to read and write to perform a task! With this 3 week unit, you can achieve just that! This unit is geared toward students in grades K-2. Students begin with writing directions for you on how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Once you have randomly and literally followed their directions, it will become quite clear that there is more to writing directions than meets the eye! This unit provides everything you will need to have you students produce a teaching book or a How To. As a class you will begin by creating a book on how to make ice cream in a bag (recipe and directions included). An editable cover is also a part of this product. From there, your students will choose topics that they are confident they will be able to teach someone else. No research required, just background knowledge. Topics can be as simple as how to swing on the swings, how to take a dog for a walk or how to be a friend. I have created templates that your students can use from the covers to the papers for writing. They are differentiated in that some have lines and others do not. There is paper for “Materials Needed”, “Ingredients Needed” and a “You’ll Need” page. Then there is paper that is labeled “Steps” and “Directions”. Students will be able to write a piece within three days. Also included are checklists for editing and content. They are in color and black and white. These can then become part of your classroom library.
The culminating activity is Hobby Day. This is always a big hit for kids as it is their turn to be the teacher and teach others something they know how to do. Kids choose a new activity (magic trick, science experiment, arts and crafts etc.) different from the book they wrote. You will enlist the help of the parents in gathering the materials (enough for 3 people), helping their child practice and creating a visual (poster) for Hobby Day. Included in this product is an editable parent letter (explaining expectations) and invitations (in color and black and white), sample poster for parents and kids, rubric for scoring the visual, and reflection sheet (for the “teachers”) for after Hobby Day. I always invite another class to come and be the “students”. Parents also like to come but I just have them watch so that it is kid-to-kid teaching. We use our All-Purpose Room and I set up tables in a large circle. My students create booths in which others can sit across from them to learn something new. Their visual (poster) are part of their booth. I have done this with K, 1 and 3rd grades with great success and I know you will too!
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