Quick idea here, use origami! I know we can't just do arts and crafts for no reason...but in my second grade classroom we are currently reading (and writing) procedural texts. I don't really have the resources in my classroom to follow recipes and bake, etc. but we can easily make things out of paper! What better way to learn about procedural texts than with real life application?
Last year we found an article on making a drinking cup in an old test prep book. The kids LOVED it. I pulled it out again this past week and again, it was like the best thing in the world.
Thankfully, we didn't make the cups until Thursday, because come the end of the day Friday little paper cups of all different sizes were appearing all over the place. One of my girls even went home and made one for everyone to use as a holder for her valentine note.
Last year, I had a student who was a really low reader, but really interested in art, specifically, making paper airplanes. I bought him his own origami book around this time of the year as well as a pack of colored origami paper. It really motivated him to read and I used the paper as a reward for good behavior.
We'll be covering procedural text for about another week, so I might give the origami another try if we have the time. Here are a couple of good websites that I have used in the paste: Origami-Instructions and Origami-Fun They have ads, but I try to pick ones that have both images and words so the kids can become familiar with the text features. Go with the easy ones, everything is a lot harder for the kids!
Another thing I did last year that was a big hit but didn't remember until now, is that I checked out a bunch of drawing books from the library (the ones with words and pictures, of course). I remember having to pry those away!
When I was in maybe sixth grade, we read a book having to do with the bomb in Hiroshima. I believe they collect paper cranes and float them down a river as a way to remember the children who died (that's what I remember anyway, I could be wrong). Anyway, we learned how to make paper cranes, showed the other classes how to make paper cranes, and collected thousands that year. I still remember how to make them.
Have you ever used origami with your kids?