As we return from the Thanksgiving break, it is time to turn our thoughts toward the winter holidays. The children had a treat this morning as we started writing a new "how to" piece. We brought out Jelly Belly-flavored candy canes and talked about the different ways that we get the shrink-wrapped paper off the candy cane - Do you tear or cut? Do you take all the paper off at one time or do you unwrap a little at a time so your hands don't get sticky? Then we talked about the different ways that people eat a candy candy - Do you lick or bite? Do you start with the stick or the curve? Do you lick it to a point? After talking about it, we decided to eat a candy cane and then write about the best way to eat a candy cane. Below is just one example of a child's procedural writing.
First you go get a candy cane. Then you take the paper off. Then you lick it.
Second you keep licking it until it is all gone. Yummy!