20 Practical Procedural Text Activities

How do you get kids excited with procedural text? Easy! Place procedural lighting units around fun activities such as science experiments, recipe generators, and board games. These everyday activities are well suited for learning procedural writing processes, abstract representations, and more. Grab a student and watch a few videos before diving into a unit on writing procedural texts. Prepare your baking ingredients, color markers and goo making supplies in advance.

1. Anchor chart

Create an anchor chart outlining a piece of procedural text. These charts are useful guides that students can turn to on their writing throughout the unit. It can also be used as a template for activities throughout the year.

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2. Procedural text video

This short video walks you through the procedural writing process step by step. After explaining the different types of texts, this video walks students through the parts of procedural text writing, making it an accessible writing genre! A great start to the unit.

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3. “How To” Writing Lessons

This worksheet is great for collecting student writing samples. Following the video of the previous activity, students can choose the topic they want to write about for their procedural text. Alternatively, he can choose one theme for his students to create and display a collection of student work.

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4. Bubblegum Chart

Grab your bubble gum and see how big bubbles you can make! Have students think about the steps they are taking as they blow bubbles. Then put them together and write them down. Also great for teaching graph structures and how to replicate actions!

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5. Dragons Love Tacos

Extend your classroom reading time with these fun cards. Start by explaining transition words and how to form coherent sentences. Then have the kids create the correct sequence of actions to make a perfect taco just like in the book! Double check the accuracy of the sentences they create.

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6. Picture cards

Diversify your student writing samples with these fun topic cards. Shuffle the cards and place them face down on the table. Students randomly choose one and describe the process! It could be a writing activity or a public speaking activity to practice public speaking skills.

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7. How to make a necklace

Use this activity to write steps to work on fine motor and numeracy skills. Set up a survey table with beads, strings, and a planning sheet. Help your child make colorful jewelry by following the instructions! Follow each step carefully.

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8. Recipe book

Have each class choose their favorite food. Then send your family home and collect coherent recipes from them. We provide a template for writing the cooking process. Or use her recipe generator to create an illustrated booklet.

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9. Back to basics

Discover a how-to on how to write a procedure with this easy anchor chart. Discuss the different types of verbs used in sequences of actions. Then brainstorm the activities in each category. The basic shape of the chart makes a great classroom resource!

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10. Transition Anchor Chart

You can’t create procedural text without transition words. Help your students understand language features with quick and easy charts. After brainstorming lots of transition words, let’s work together to create consistent recipes and board game instructions!

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11. Safety training

This activity is a great way for your child to know how to stay safe in the classroom. Conduct safety training. Then have students write a step-by-step safety plan based on what you’ve done. Discuss how important language choice is when giving instructions to keep people safe.

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12. Precise Instruction Challenge

These hilarious cooking videos are a great resource to reinforce the importance of paying attention to detail. Then follow exactly what they wrote and see if the end result is edible.

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13. Exploration activities

How-to guides are great for many procedural text activities. This activity develops observation skills while teaching procedural text writing. After reading the text, have the student summarize what was made and what should be done. Finally, see if you can reproduce it.

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14. Cookie How To

Tasty Recipes is a delicious way to build an affinity for writing procedural text. Choose your favorite cookies and print out the recipe. Gather ingredients and bake! Have them make new cookies according to the recipe model in front of them.

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15. Cookie Sandwich

Watch Cookie Monster make delicious sandwiches following the previous activity. See if your child can use a pair of recipes to make an even tastier cookie sandwich! Or scramble the two together to create a coherent recipe to follow. confirm.

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16. Reading and Sequencing

Create a sequence from your recipes with these handy printouts. Cut out a section of the recipe and give it to the student. Read the lemonade how-to aloud and see if students can put the steps in the correct order.

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17. Easy recipes

Inspire your class chef with these easy-to-follow recipes. Be careful to focus on the process, not the end result. Then ask if it was easy to understand and discuss the quality of the recipe.

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18. Alien Goo

This ‘follow the instructions’ activity is a great way to blend STEM and language lessons. All you need is gel glue, borax, food coloring, and water. Be careful. If you don’t follow the directions exactly, you’ll mess up the liquid.

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19. Rulebook

Create a safe space in your class while practicing coherent writing. Each week, have one student create a new rule for the classroom. Display the worksheet for everyone to see.

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20. Sports Guide

For all sports lovers, let them show you how to play your favorite game. Ask them in super detail. When they’re done, go out and play exactly what they describe!

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