How To Make A...

 This week we worked on transition words and sequencing.
To introduce transition words, I like to use How To stories.
In true transition word fashion this is what we did:

First, we read several stories about snowmen.

Then, we brainstormed things we would need to build a snowman.

Like that LOOOONG arm?  Don't you just love First Grade art??

Next, We created a Transition Word Tree Map.

After that, we completed a How to Make a Snowman Flow Map. 
This was inspired by Deanna Jump's Snowman Unit
The snowman pattern is hers.

Later, we broke into groups and chose a How To topic. 
Some groups did this better than others...

Finally, we created How To charts.
Each group crafted how to make a certain item out of construction paper
and then wrote sentences to match their artwork.
They loved this because even the pumpkins who don't consider themselves
artists were able to make big contributions!

BTW: I did not give them patterns for this activity,
and these kiddos know their teacher loves borders! HA!

How to Make a Butterfly

How to Make a Robot

 How to Make a Flower

 How to Make a Tree

Close up-"Then you make two black lines and two red circles for the antennae."
Somehow one group was left off...and need to post more close ups!

We presented our charts to our classmates and our sweet Kindergarten classes!
They were super proud of their final products! I am super proud of them!

Next step: Individual How To Writing

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Have a relaxing weekend!

Peace and Love,


  1. This is so cool! I wish your kids could come over and teach my pre-k kids how to make things. I wanted to let you know that I'm having a contest to give away a few different TPT products, including a 1st-grade heart sight word board game. If you have time, come over and take a look.

    Sharon Dudley, NBCT

  2. I like how you worked with transitional words. I really like How to make a tree, flower, and robot. We do this in a few months. Thanks for being my 50 follower! I feel honored and returning the favor. Also I tagged you for some fun in my latest post so come check it out.


    Apples and Papers

  3. Oh my gosh those are the cutest - they really did a nice job!!!!

    Thanks for following my blog and I'm your newest follower! :)

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  4. I'm following now. Thanks for sharing!

    Forever in First

  5. I love your how to writing! What a great idea! They did a great job on it.
    Conversations in Literacy

  6. Great activity. Your kids did a super job!

    Grade ONEderful

  7. Thank you girls so much! We had a lot of fun with this unit! It took all week but was worth it! Thank you all for stopping by!!

  8. You've been tagged - come on over to see what I mean! :)

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  9. Great ideas and so cute. Looks like Holly beat me to it, but I tagged you to.


  10. Love these! Can't wait to try these in my room :)