Step by Step, Little by Little

The purpose of writing instructional texts is to describe how something is done through a series of sequenced steps.

We wish students to acquire and begin to use sources of information and processes, to identify and express ideas when writing. Instructional text is one such way of doing this and using the key competency of “Using Languages, Symbols and Text”.

To make this process more meaningful for students they have experienced several activities on either how to do something or how to make something. This allowed students to reflect on how they made or did something through sequenced steps.

Students making butter

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, (Half- way it turns to cream)

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, (Water separates from butter photos),

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(butter results),

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(Tasting the butter on crackers).

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An activity that Room 13 students experienced was how to write a friendship pie recipe using ingredients and writing instructions step by step

The procedure of doing something or making something and explaining it is a key component of developing students ability to describe a process by sequencing the steps, using verbs and using time words in their writing.  A successful instructional text is one that can be replicated by others following the procedure that tells them what to do. The students have been successful in explaining the process this term.

Students developing their instructional text

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How to make a friendship pie recipe

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How to make a water filter

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Emily: We learnt about making butter from cream and doing it step by step. I enjoyed the butter we made because it tasted different and didn’t have salt in it.

Dali: I enjoyed making the butter we had to work together as a team otherwise we got really tired.  It showed us how to do something in stages.

Oscar: I learnt you had to shake it alot to make the butter.  One of the steps was to pour off the water after it had separated from the butter.

Lilly: I liked the butter when we got to eat it because it tasted nice and it spread really easily on the cracker.  I learnt making butter was an easy process.

Keywords: Inquiry, Science, Arts, Student Voice, Writing, Sequencing steps

Making butter Our results No 2