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How To Writing Unit: Make-Up & Football

Warning!  I am about to do a little bragging on my little guys.  We have been working hard on our How To unit.  And I must say that my little first graders did a bang up job on this!!  So proud of them and what they learned.

We first started with books- how to books of different kinds.  Like knowing how to swim or ride a bike or how to fish.   That led to a discussion about the things we saw that were in each kind of how to book.  So we made an anchor chart about what we noticed that was needed to be successful.

How To Writing Unit

We also came up with a class list of ideas that might make a great how to book.  I tried to help them think about the small idea- how to hammer a nail rather than a big idea like building a house!

How To Writing Unit

Before we started creating our how to books, we practiced sequencing with a How To Make a Peanut Butter Sandwich.  It sounded really funny when we had the steps out of order!

How To Writing Unit

After the students made a plan for their own how to book and edited their work, they were ready to make tackle creating their masterpiece!  Here are some of the pages from one girl's How To book:

Evidently I have at least one first grade girl that is interested in make-up already!  :)

Don't you love how she drew the "lip balm" on her lips?  That is exactly what I would imagine that it would look like when a first grade girl puts on lipstick.  Love that!!

Notice the puffy sleeves on her princess dress.  She had a hard time figuring out how to draw them like she wanted them to look.  And her girl looks to be wearing LOTS of beautiful make-up!

One sweet boy decided he would teach how to kick a football.

I really enjoyed this unit and finding out what all my first graders thought they were experts at.  I put all of this into a unit and you can find it on TpT if you are needing it.  It includes everything you see here plus lots more!  Click the picture to be taken there!


  1. That looks like a great unit! I bet they had a lot of fun showing what they were experts at!

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  2. How to writing is so fun for kids and a nice change from the narratives that we do so much of. Your writers did a great job!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  3. This is what we are working on in our class. Our unit test is a how to paper but not a single one of the writing lessons in the unit is a how to paper. Looks great!

  4. I LOVE these ideas and pictures! You are so creative! :)

    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

  5. Thanks Maria! We did have a lot of fun planning out what we were good at for our How To books.

  6. Thank you Tammy! How Tos are a nice change from narratives.

  7. Thanks Barbara! I loved the illustrations that the girl used for her how to put on make up. She did great!

  8. I am sorry, Cecilia, that none of the papers have to do with How To. That is definitely not good. Thanks for coming by!

  9. Awww, thanks Irene! I appreciate your kind words about the How To unit!


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