How-To Writing and Another Award

One of the writing genres I enjoy teaching in second grade is procedural writing (aka - How-To Writing).  I've been working to update my writing files, beginning with my How-To Writing unit.  I also saw that Ginger over at Ginger Snaps had a post about an upcoming How-To Writing Unit. I don't know about you, but I am excited to see what she comes up with since it fits right in with what I'm working on! 

One of my minilessons is creating a list of how-to ideas with the students.  However, I always like to have my own list on hand for making suggestions, modeling lessons, etc.  Here are some of the how-to ideas my students and I have come up with in the past.  I would love to hear some of your ideas. 
  • annoy your brother/sister
  • bake/make cookies
  • blow a bubble
  • brush your teeth
  • build a snow fort
  • build a snowman
  • care for a pet
  • carve a pumpkin
  • catch a leprechaun
  • clean your desk
  • clean your bedroom
  • decorate a Christmas tree
  • eat an Oreo cookie
  • get a good report card
  • get ready for bed
  • get to _______ (choose a location)
  • give your dog a bath
  • jump rope
  • make a paper airplane
  • make a PB & J sandwich
  • make popcorn
  • make a rootbeer float/ice cream sundae
  • make a s'more
  • make your bed
  • make/keep a friend
  • pack a lunch
  • play hopscotch
  • play your favorite game
  • set the table for dinner
  • sharpen a pencil
  • tie your shoes

Yesterday I found out that Tammy over at The Resourceful Apple has awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award.   Thank you for nominating my blog, Tammy!  It brings a smile to my face that others even think of my blog when they are passing on the award to other bloggers.  This award comes with its own set of rules:

1.  Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2.  Include a link to their site.
3.  Include the award image in your post.
4.  Give 7 random facts about yourself.
5.  Nominate 15 other bloggers, include their link, and let them know!

So, the next rule on the list is to give 7 random facts about myself.
1 - Storie is my real name. 
2 - I've never had a cavity or pierced ears.
3 - I love chocolate and peanut butter together.
4 - My favorite color is blue and I love polka dots and stripes.
5 - My dream vacation would be to Australia.
6 - I love flower gardens, but I don't have a green thumb.
7 - I used to hate country music, but now it's on all the time.

Now, to pass this award on to 15 bloggers.  Oh, boy - here we go again!  In no particular order:



Patty Rutenbar said...

Well, Storie, Thank you so very much for the award! That just tickles my toes to think that you awarded me with it. In honor of my grandaughter's name starting with T, I'm going to give this award to other blogs whose names begin with T. Let's see how many I can find!

I also like your list for writing, I'm definately going to grab it. Thanks so much!
Second In Line

Jennifer said...

Thanks so much for the award!!I love your blog! I gave you the One Lovely Blog Award. I actually gave it to you last week. I have been super busy and forgot to let you know earlier. So sorry.


Mechele said...

Thank you so much for the award. It is very humbling when someone else recognizes your blog. Thanks again!
Barrow's Hodgepodge

Sara said...

Thank you, Storie! You definitely made my day... well, really, my weekend!! :]

Miss V's Busy Bees

Tammy said...

I love How-to writing as well. Sometimes the kids who don't get into narratives as well as I'd like really enjoy the change to expository.
❀ Tammy
Forever in First

Lisa R. said...

Congrats on the much deserved award!! :) Thanks for your list of how to writing ideas. I always seem to have trouble coming up with multiple how to topics & this will help!
Learning Is Something to Treasure

Jessica Stanford said...

Thanks for your sweet comments on my giveaway!! I'm so sorry. I was responding to your comments on my blog by emailing you through the notification that was sent to me from blogger about the comment. After further look I realized you didn't have your blog set up for that. I'm attaching a link to help you fix that, if you want of course, because a lot of people might be thinking that they are emailing you and they aren't. It's pretty easy to fix :)


Bright Concepts 4 Teachers said...

I just found your blog and became a follower! Congrats on your award!
Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

Patti said...

Thanks for the great list of how-to ideas! Definitely keeping it handy for next year!
Primary Pizzazz

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