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Pupils participate in writing a procedural text or how-to text. They will examine a variety of procedural texts to determine how they are written. In addition, they discuss the various parts of procedural writing before watching videos about how to make a paper airplane. Finally, they produce a script for a how-to video, display, or PowerPoint presentation. Then, they turn their script into a presentation of their own!
Leaners read the book Let's Make Tacos and draw a line from the sequence clue words to the step-by-step actions in the book. In order to complete this exercise, they use words such as first, next, last, after, and more. Excellent ideas for teaching procedure, clue words, sequencing and more!
Mary Hill's Let's Make Pizza provides elementary schoolers with a chance to practice sequencing. Young bakers arrange the pictures and text sentence strips in order before creating their own culinary masterpieces.
Travel to New Orleans for their warm, sweet beignets, or bring a piece of New Orleans to your classroom by baking the delicious treats with your third and fourth graders! If baking them isn't possible, at least review the recipe for a clear set of step-by-step instructions. The second page includes questions to ensure everyone is learning. 
Build procedural text comprehension skills by having your class follow a set of instructions, first with, then without visual aids. They work through each step to create a pop up card. They also learn a bit about themselves as learners when they consider which was easier for them, following written instructions or written instructions with visual aids. Plus, pop up cards are fun to make!
Everyone loves looking through cookbooks and recipes. This can turn into an educational experience for students.
Students cook up their own fabulous recipe book. In this early childhood cooking and math lesson, students develop math, science, and language skills as they make a class cookbook of their favorite recipes.
After interviewing family members, elementary and middle schoolers type up a family recipe using the Smart Notebook template provided. Then they should use the Kidspiration template to write a narrative about their recipe, along with illustrations. Next, they publish their work on the Student Publish website. Note: If your class does not have access to any of these programs, you can modify the lesson plan to fit your classroom accordingly.
Students use recipes to add fractions and convert improper fractions to proper fractions and mixed numbers. For this fraction lesson plan, students watch a video on someone making a recipe and compare and change the recipes to fit the fractions they are supposed to make.
After a hard day examining and dissecting worms, why not put your feet up and snack on a few? Here is a really cute idea that can be used to celebrate Earth Day or to accent a thematic learning experience. Kids use clay pots, gummy worms, cookies, and pudding to create tiny worm habitats that you can eat. The recipe can also be used to expose children to sequential thinking or procedural texts.
How do you make a pizza? Scholars examine a recipe for one of their favorite dishes. After reading the eight steps, they must re-write the steps in order. Although this offers great printing practice, younger writers may find the narrow lines difficult to stay within. Consider extending this by having the class bring in recipes they love from home, mix up the steps, and challenge a classmate to put them back in order. They could even bring in the dish to share with everyone.
In this math application worksheet, students make a recipe booklet by finding interesting recipes in magazines, newspapers, or recipe books. They determine how to double the recipe and rewrite it to include in the booklet which they make. They complete their work based on the rubric which is on the last page.
Students examine how fractions are used in everyday life. They select a recipe from the Internet, double and half the recipe, adjust the recipe to serve 20 people, and create a poster to present their recipe information and fraction conversions.
In this reading a recipe activity, students read a paragraph and then examine a recipe. Students respond to 10 short answer questions regarding the information.
In a cross-curricular measurement and literacy instructional activity, your class will identify and compare cooking measurement instruments. They read a recipe and sequence a set of similar instructions in which the steps have been mixed up. Additionally, they practice measurement conversion and ratio while solving a word problem that asks the students to use only a tablespoon to estimate their measurements while following a cookie recipe.
Students create a cookbook.  In this recipe and writing lesson plan, students brainstorm the skills necessary to follow a recipe, watch a cooking show and write down a recipe used.  Students use a word processing program to write a paragraph explaining how to make their chosen item.  Students assemble their writings to create a class cookbook.
Students examine how to plan, prepare, and serve a meal. They analyze the food pyramid, select five recipes, plan a dinner menu, create a HyperCard stack of the menu, and prepare the meal for their family.
Students discover the format of a recipe and practice reading them. They explain the directions to another person and complete the recipe with a partner. They discover a new food from a different culture.
Young scholars explore how to follow a simple recipe and explain directions to another person.
Students prepare chocolate chip cookies (or another recipe of choice) in the lab to give them practice in measuring, reading a recipe, using equipment, work habits, etc.

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