Today we learned about expository writing by making a fun craft- paper pumpkins!!! (Well, not today, but last week!) We just finished up our report cards and conferences, so we are just getting around to posting it now. The good news with pumpkins??? You can still use this idea for November, too!
This was our first “official” expository writing lesson and took about 3 days during our daily writing workshop time to complete. I began the lesson by printing up and showing my students these step-by-step directions for how to make a paper pumpkin.
I printed these up from Linda’s awesome blog!! Check out her blog below!
I asked the students what they noticed about these directions. They observed that there were no written words to direct the person on how to make the craft. I explained that the students were to write step by step detailed directions for how to make the pumpkins!
The students gathered the materials (scrapbook paper, scissors, and glue) and assembled their paper pumpkin, using the numbered directions from Linda’s blog for guidance.
When publishing my students writing samples, I like to occasionally post their FIRST DRAFT next to their FINAL DRAFT. This way, all their editing, revising, and hard work is acknowledged as part of the writing process!