This week, I taught my students how to write a “How-to” piece of writing. We have been writing nonfiction (for the most part) all year. We use this chart to help remind of the differences between fiction and nonfiction for reading and writing.
Anywho, we first created a snowman Interactive Writing chart for “How to Build a Snowman.” This is funny to me because in Texas it doesn’t feel like winter.
Then, the next day, I did my mini lesson on the board with dry erase markers. I usually do it on chart paper but since they moved my projector to show on my white board, I loved the fact that I could do my work on the same paper as they will complete their work. I hope that makes sense. HAHA!
I decided to go ahead and write about “How to make a snowman” for my mini lesson. Then, I passed out this paper and students wrote their own how-to piece. They were not allowed to use my snowman example. They turned out so good. I thought I had took pictures but I guess not. I will add them later. We had How to…make a paper airplane, make a pb&j, get dressed, learn to read, play soccer, etc. They really did well. Here is the printable for your downloading pleasure.
We have the Lucy Calkins curriculum so we are on book six this six weeks. I will post more about the work we did during this past six weeks soon.
Also, I just posted my St. Patrick's Day Unit. I will post a freebie tomorrow.
Have a great week friends!!!