I love How-To writing!  It is so much fun to teach AND to learn.  There is nothing like ACTUALLY letting students make a PB & J sammie, amiright?

My last year in second grade I was co-teaching.  We were about to start How-To writing and my co-teacher was like, “Let me pull out my sequencing puzzles so kids can choose a topic, put the puzzle together, and write about it.”

I was like WOW.   HOW did I never think of the relationship between sequencing and how-to writing  in the ten plus years I taught!??!?! I wanted to smack my head on the table.

It was EASIEST way to introduce How-To Writing ever!  So now, I have a FREEBIE for you using this strategy, but check this little gem first!

The freebie includes a brainstorming page that revolves around a grammar skill.  This grammar skill is brainstorming adjectives using the five senses to improve their writing.

Then, students will color in the pictures (there are 4 steps) and glue the pictures in order to sequence their writing.
Finally, students can write about the steps for making hot chocolate in the mug shaped book!  Students can use adjectives brainstormed on their web to improve their writing.
I glued cotton balls on the top of my mug book so it looked like marshmallows! Want your FREE copy?  Simply click on the picture above?
Would you like more simple How To Writing projects?

This freebie is a a piece of my latest writing pack.  You can snag the entire pack for only $3.50 in my TpT store! The pack contains three writing projects: how to make hot chocolate (the freebie above), how to wrap a gift, and how to build a snowman.

I specifically choose these topics so you can use them into January!

The grammar skills included in this pack are adjectives (from the hot chocolate freebie above), using vivid verbs (wrapping a gift), and adverbs (building a snowman). These specifically support students in applying standards based grammar skills in their writing. Click on any of the pictures to grab it!
Looking for some more freebies? Check out our collaborative blog The Primary Peach for TONS of seasonal freebies!  Here is just a taste!

 

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Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website (www.mandygregory.com) and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.