Grade Levels: K-3

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

Craft Show
Have small groups or partners write a presentation that teaches how to make a craft project. You can show examples of craft shows online or on television so your students get an idea for the tone. Remind groups to gather and note all the materials needed to make the craft and break down the entire process into easy-to-follow, clear steps. Then have students share their presentations with the whole class. You may want to film their presentations to make your own craft show.

How-To Guide

Together as a class find examples of how-to articles in magazines or books. Then have students write their own how-to articles. Students should decorate and illustrate their articles. Have student volunteers share their articles. Create a table of contents and a cover together and publish the guides in a book. You may wish to add it to your class library.

Order! Order!

Have partners think of a topic and write the steps on separate index cards. Make sure students choose topics that can be broken down into clear and manageable steps. Encourage them to use sequence words and transitions to link their steps. Then have partners swap index cards and put the cards in order. If a step is unclear, have partners discuss ways to make it clearer. If possible, have the partners do the steps in class or at home as a fun project.