Grade Levels: K-3

These family and homeschool activities are designed to complement the How-To Essays topic on BrainPOP Jr.

Recipe Round-Up

Recipes are great ways for your child to learn about how-to essays. Most recipes have a list of ingredients and then a paragraph explaining all the steps needed to prepare and cook the dish. Together with your child, read recipes together and compare and contrast them. What sequence words do the recipes use? Are the steps clear and manageable? Then write your own recipes together. Brainstorm different dishes together and break down the preparation into simple steps. Encourage your child to use graphic organizers such as flowcharts and numbered lists and imagine the whole process to organize the steps.


Giving directions is a fantastic way to practice sequence words. Give your child directions to walk to a secret location in your home. Model using sequence words in your directions: “First, walk down the hallway. Second, make a left turn at the end of the hallway.” You may wish to place a surprise at the secret location and have your child find it. Then switch roles and have your child direct you to a secret location. You may wish to alternate between writing down directions and giving verbal directions.