Lesson Plan

Cooking Up a How-To Story

Cooking up a delicious Peanut Butter and Jelly is as simple as writing a how-to story in this lesson designed to teach students the different parts of a how-to story. Everyone will walk away with their heads and tummies filled!
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Learning Objectives

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to identify and write an introduction, directions, and conclusion for a how-to story.


(5 minutes)
How-to Writing Template
  • Call students together around a table set up with peanut butter, jelly, bread, and a utensil for spreading. Ask students to bring their Writer’s Notebooks with them.
  • Inquire if students have any idea what you might be planning to make today. To give students a hint or provide more of a background story, you can explain that you’re feeling very hungry and ready for a snack.
  • Explain to students that today we won’t just be making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but also writing down how to do it, so that they’ll remember in the future and have a way share this information with friends. Write How-To Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich on the board and have students copy this on the top of a page in their writer’s notebooks.
  • Ask students to name all of the items set up on the table. Write these on the board and ask students to copy them into their notebook under the word “supplies.”