“What features make a GREAT procedural text?”

We have continued to investigate “What features make a GREAT procedural text?”  We have been focusing on understanding that to be able to write a great procedure, we have to think about “How can we explain an idea clearly & compellingly.”  Being clear is really important and making it interesting for the audience is too! The sequence of the steps is also super important.

We watched a Mister Maker clip about making an Elephant Peg Holder.  We used this video to practice writing our own procedure.  I loved reading each one and could see evidence of students being clear and compelling, correctly using imperative verbs and even people using brackets (to add extra information).

We also had a lot of fun making our own as we revised our writing:

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You might like to write a procedure for this easy craft activity:

The Three Little Pigs Materials STEM Challenge

As part of our two week Science inquiry into materials, we took part in a STEM challenge based on the story “The Three Little Pigs”.  In GROUPS, students needed to construct a house for the pigs by selecting and combining everyday materials.  Some engineers were working for the pigs – they needed to build a house that would not be blown apart.  Some engineers were working for the wolf – they need to choose and materials so the house would blow down.  We discovered that house construction is a tricky task and working in a group takes practice.  The classroom looked like an explosion site for a little bit but boy we had fun.  We also had lots to talk about as we dared to fail to succeed…

You might have ago at home constructing an improved house out of everyday materials – remember to decide who you are working for (the wolf or the pigs).