When it comes to teaching procedure writing, there are ways to make it dull and there are ways to make it super fun for your students. How to writing crafts are the way to go! If you’re about to start a ‘how to’ writing unit or looking for fun procedural writing lesson ideas, you’re in the right place.
Crafts don’t feel like learning
I think this might be the greatest teaching trick that I learned in my first year of teaching. When you make a normal lesson feel like an art lesson, the kiddos LOVE it!
There are just some concepts and subject areas that bore students to tears. But…when a craft is involved, students don’t feel like they are learning. They think it’s art time!
“Helped to make procedure writing a little less “dry”. Thank you!” – Kahli B.
Interactive and hands-on is best
The cool thing about using crafts when teaching writing is that it makes your lessons more interactive and hands-on. Students are working on fine motor with coloring, cutting, and using glue. They get to open and close the flipbooks when showing their work.
Have you been wondering how to make your writing lessons more engaging? Or how to engage reluctant writers? Crafts are the way to go! They are far more enjoyable than a blank piece of paper will EVER be!
“My students loved engaging with this resource! The hands on element made it very exciting for them and the clear layout made it easy for them to express their ideas” – Bianca K.
No mess and no stress
Here’s the thing though…art can get messy. I bet you don’t want paint or glitter everywhere after a writing lesson. Oh and little bits of paper! Clean-up aside, I bet you also don’t want all of the prep involved in crafty things. Whether it’s buying supplies or prepping bits of paper.
That’s why I’m a big fan of NO PREP crafts! Ones where you can just print and go. Oh, and ones that don’t require a break-down (from you or your students). Intricate crafts that require lots of steps/skills will make your students need more assistance and it will exhaust you!
The types of how to writing crafts in this post just require coloring, cutting, and a dab of glue!
“An awesome and engaging resource. I don’t know who enjoyed it more, me or the students?!” – Laura H.
Time to show-off
When students just write on lined paper (with messy handwriting), it’s not easy to show off their work and make it look as appealing.
That’s why crafts are great! They make perfect bulletin boards and look good when sent home to parents or shown at open house or parent teacher conferences.
Crafts make students proud of their work. They get EXCITED about writing lessons!
“Students loved these and they look great hanging around the classroom” – Chloe B.
How to writing should be fun
Writing procedures about how to line up for class or how to read a book are just…dull. BUT, procedures about food are always a winner! The how to writing crafts in this post are delicious looking and your students will be SO excited to start them. The smiles on their faces when you tell them that they get to write about things like pizza? And then make a pizza craft? Priceless!
Ready to check out the crafts? Click here!
Don’t take my word for it
Here’s what other teachers have to say about the how to writing crafts in this post and how they have used them in their classrooms!
“Amazing! Loved using this to teach about How To writing during our pizza day! The children enjoyed making their pizza and writing about it” – Miss Burnham
“Perfect writing activity to go with the end of the year ice cream party” – Jenny J.
“This is great! Not only did my students enjoy the sequence writing but we popped popcorn as a reward!” – Regina G
“We visited our tuck shop where our tuck shop lady showed children how the popcorn machine worked. They thought it was amazing. They all received a cup of popcorn. Definitely a favourite writing lesson” – Colette R.
“Had a fellow grade 1 teacher recommend this to me and im so glad she did as it was awesome and very helpful for a group where writing has proven to be difficult” – Ashley G.
“I used this in summer school. Students thought it was the funniest thing on the planet when I tried to follow their steps. Once they had the correct procedure, we made popcorn and they got to eat it. Then moved their draft on the cute cut out for a final copy. So much fun!” – Tiffany W.
What’s included with these crafts?
Each craft comes with –
- Sequencing pictures and sentences
- Cut and paste sorting worksheet
- Vocabulary cards x2
- Planning page (in 9 versions)
- Teacher instructions
- Student instructions
- Craft example
- Craft pages
Are you ready to try using how to writing crafts to make your writing lessons more fun? Click here!
I hope you love these crafts,
P.S. – Interested in free crafts and worksheets? Access my free resource library here!