Last week we spent a lot of time talking about what a how-to is, what it shows/tells us and how it does it. They brainstormed different how-to ideas based on their expertise or things they wanted to learn: how to draw, tie our shoes, play football, throw a party, make cookies etc.
Then we discussed, how you tell the person what materials, tools, items, ingredients and any other supplies they will need to make "it".
This week they have had an opportunity to listen to some cute stories: How to Babysit a Grandpa and How to Wash a Wooly Mammoth to help guide their writing. Today we talked about picking a how to they could write about based on their expertise or research! They are really into it and it's cool to see how engaged they are!
So next week, they will finish working on these how to's and we'll go up to the digital learning lab and use iPad's to film our how-to's. I have found a video with a kid about their age that shows how to make a paper fortune teller (or cootie catcher :) whatever you want to call it) and they will follow his directions to make their own! I thought this would be cool to see a kid doing exactly what they are going to be doing! There will be some instruction about how to speak loudly, communicate clearly with directions and steps in order in order for it to be a successful how-to. My goal is to email all of these to me and grade them for a writing and communication grade, as well as hopefully be able to email them to you to share!