Throughout every year level of the primary curriculum, you are likely to encounter procedural texts. Your child will be asked to write a procedure for ‘How to Brush Your Teeth’ or ‘How to Make a Sandwich’. This text type is a valuable one to understand and to be able to follow and write; procedures are very much a part of the real world.
So today, we thought we would give you 5 ways to practise procedural writing at home. Hopefully these ideas spark a bit of interest in your children and allow you all to have a bit of fun with it!
Rather than just writing a procedure for their favourite milkshake, how about getting a bit creative with this? Lay out a selection of ingredients and equipment that could be used to make a milkshake. For example: milk, soy milk, ice-cream, topping in different flavours, bananas, strawberries, malt etc and the necessary equipment: a range of glasses/cups, a blender, a whisk, a spoon etc.
Have your child choose their ingredients and their equipment, and write down their choices.
They can then start making their milkshake, writing down the steps as they go.
Once they have finished their creation, get them to taste it so they can add a ‘Helpful Hint’ or a ‘Tip’ for the end of their procedure.
Finally, ask them to think of a fun name for their milkshake and write this at the top of their procedure.
Their Milkshake Mayhem recipe can then be added to the family recipe folder/book.
This activity actually begins with you doing some writing. Write a procedure for your child/ren to follow. You might write ‘How to Set the Table for Dinner’ or ‘How to Make Your Lunch’.
Next, without any speaking or asking questions, your child must follow your procedure to complete the task.
Once they are finished, they can then write a procedure for you to follow. They can choose the task/activity/game they want you to complete. They write it, you follow it – no questions asked!
Have your child write a procedure for the birthday of their dreams. They can plan and write out exactly how the day would run, or they may choose to focus entirely on the party.
Ask them to think carefully about any equipment needed (including, but not limited to presents) and ask them to carefully map out the steps for exactly how they would want it to be.
Make sure they understand this is fictional and it’s not going to become reality! You never know though, you may just get some useful inspiration!
For this activity, your child is not actually going to write a procedure; they are going to follow one and then present one orally.
Children love to make Chatterboxes, and they lend themselves beautifully to simply learning to follow a procedure and thinking carefully about the need for clear instructions and detailed illustrations or demonstrations.
If you go into YouTube and search for ‘Sunshine Collective Chatterbox’, you can watch our short video demonstration on how to make one of these fun origami toys. Here’s the link: How to make a chatterbox
Have your child watch our video and then ask them to gather the resources they will need to make their own Chatterbox. Once they have gathered these resources, have them watch the video another time or two, so they are really clear on how it is done.
They can then make their own Chatterbox and add their own activities and ideas.
The final step of this activity is for your child to then explain and demonstrate to someone else, how to make a Chatterbox. They can take them through the materials needed and the steps required.
Once this is completed, your child and their student will have two Chatterboxes they can play with.
For this activity, everyone in the family must write a procedure for a simple game or activity of their choice. It might be Rock, Paper, Scissors, Noughts and Crosses, Dominoes, or a simple card game. The choice is up to the writer.
When each family member has completed their procedure, you can have a games afternoon, where you read through everyone’s work and follow the texts to play the games.
You could even turn the procedures into a booklet, to be added to and taken on family holidays or brought out on rainy days.
So, embrace this useful text type, involve the whole family and your child will be able to WOW everyone with their procedural writing prowess!
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