Lesson Idea: Go Fly a Kite - Includes Kite Template

Kids love making kites.  And the kite I have included in this lesson is incredibly easy to make, requires very few resources and flies brilliantly.  Secondly this is a great opportunity for you to learn about writing procedural texts.

Requirements: 

The lesson is simple:  Inform your students that they are going to make a kite, decorate it, and fly it, but the learning intention for them to be aware of is the procedures that are required to complete the task, as they will be writing a procedural text on it.

The instructions to make the kite are all included on the template and it would require around 20 - 40 minutes to make your kites, plus some decorating time.

Take your kids out to fly them if weather and time permits.

The next phase of the lesson is to model writing a procedural text about the process of making and lying your kite.  There is a great resource on teaching procedural texts here.

Put all of these things together and you have just mixed, some art, science and literacy together with great fun.

I hope you enjoy it.

 

Awesome trick lesson to convince your students to follow instructions.

Jarrod Sing,  a colleague of mine passed on this excellent resource which I would highly recommend to anybody teaching students aged 9 - 90.

Essentially, the lesson is a trick in which you hand out the activity sheet and ask them to follow the directions carefully, as we are focussing on following procedures today.

In nearly 99 percent of all cases your students will follow each of the steps and do all of the ridiculous things that are requested of them. Because generally no one follows instructions carefully.

Why?  Because they never follow the first step - which was to read ALL of the instructions before doing anything.  If they do read all instructions as requested they will find out they have absolutely nothing to do.

It is a great discussion prompt for your students about how poor we are in general at following and reading instructions and then exploring the importance of following procedures.

Anyhow you can download the Activity sheet here and spend a good 10 minutes feeling very smug and clever yourself as you see your students fail miserably at this incredibly simple task.

Brilliant Classroom Poster: Writing a Procedure

A procedural text is used to explain

  • How to do something
  • How to get Somewhere
  • When a set of rules need to be understood.

A procedure is generally quite easy to write as long you know a little bit about your topic.  These posters will walk students and teachers through the process of writing an effective procedural text by breaking it down into simple steps.

Please feel free to download the Posters here and Enjoy.

*Please note all of our posters are originally designed using high resolution images and fonts at A3 paper size.

Be aware it will be automatically resized to your default paper size when using Adobe Acrobat Reader without any loss of quality. If you would like to print these documents at larger sizes you can read the Adobe Resize & Scaling FAQ here.

We recommend laminating them for best results.

Finally if you would like to purchase a completely editable version of this document to alter without any restrictions you can purchase it for $10.00 simply by emailing us.

Great Writing and Science Task - Paper Helicopters and Procedural Texts

If you are looking for something fun to spice up your writing sessions that you can do with students of all ages then look no further.  Simply Download this template pack I found on Paper Helicopters from Primary Science and you can choose to fo as little or as  far as you like with the science elements from the planner.

Then get you students to create a procedural text explaining how the paper helicopter works.  If you are looking for somewhere to start with procedural texts then look no further than here.

you kids will find this a fun writing activity and really enjoy the opportunity to do something different.  I hope you enjoy it.