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Jan 22, 2014

"How To" Instructional Writing

My 1st grade CREW are currently working on writing "How To" instructional paragraphs using the transitions First, Next, Then, and Finally. Of course these are sandwiched between and introductory and closing sentence to complete a six or more sentence paragraph.

FIRST, we began with the ever popular: "How to Build a Snowman" - which we finished up last week.

Here's a sample from one of my youngest students.

NEXT, we wrote "How to Make a Sandwich" paragraphs.

THEN, it was on to "How to Play___________  (basketball, checkers, four corners, Old Maid, etc).

FINALLY, we will write a "How to Get Ready for Bed" paragraph that will be used as our unit assessment.


To help my students through the writing process and publish attractive pieces, I created the templates shown here.

Click on each picture to grab a copy for yourself.


  1. Wow!!!! Awesome and so nice of you to share!!!!!

  2. These are amazing!! THANK YOU!!!!

  3. You make such cute stuff! Thank you for sharing your talents!

  4. Wow! Thank you for sharing! Your snowman writing turned out so cute! Do you use a rubric to assess the final writing piece?

  5. How cute! These templates will be SO helpful for my fellow first grade teaching partners and me. This is our first year implementing the CCSS-ELA in Pennsylvania. Thank you, thank you for sharing!

  6. So generous of you to share with us! Thanks so much!

  7. Thanks for sharing these are very useful templates, that I will start using tomorrow.

  8. Thanks for sharing all your templates! They are great :)

  9. From the bottom of my heart...THANKS!! Your templates are awesome, and also give me your resources give me ideas to integrate something like this but in science.

  10. These are such wonderful ideas. Unfortunately, I can't access the templates.

  11. These templates look terrific! However, I am not able to access them. Is it possible for you to email them to me, please?