We've been working with procedural text over the past week or two so I thought I'd share some of the resources that I have come across, especially the picture books. A year ago, I really didn't have any procedural texts in my library at all so I've been keeping my eye out for good ones.
I ordered a few on Amazon a while back, but I wasn't sure the quality of what I would get because I couldn't see the inside. I tried two different series since they were only $4-$6 a piece.
These Welcome Books weren't really what I was looking for because they are too simple for my second graders. They really only have one line per page. But, I could definitely see them as being perfect for a kinder classroom.
These Start to Finish books were perfect! I actually want to order more. They have headings, a table of contents, a glossary, etc. They have just enough information per page to explain the concept with enough detail but not so much that it is confusing. (Note: The Amazon images are outdated. The insides of the books have been updated just like the covers. When you view the inside on Amazon, it shows an old library version.)
I also picked up Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomi DePaola. I actually didn't realize that it was a wordless book until I received it, but it is perfect for having the kids describe the steps for making pancakes.
This is the sweetest book ever! It is great for introducing procedural text because it gets the point across about following directions. Hedgehog is baking a cake, but all of his friends come in and say they know how and offer to help him. Since they don't follow the recipe, the cake is all messed up. Hedgehog doesn't want his friends to feel badly, so after they leave to clean up he makes another with the recipe so that when they come back to eat, they believe the cake they made was wonderful. It also has a recipe for cake at the end. BUT...the book is out of print! I have a copy of it from an old, old basal that I read it from. There are options to get used copies from Amazon though.
We happen to have this story in our current basal, so we read it too and sequenced the steps for planting a garden. However, it is loooooooong...
Yesterday, I posted about using origami for teaching about procedural text as well. You can find that post here.
I also love using this graphic organizer from the FCRR for either sequencing events after reading or as a prewriting template. My students chose something that they wanted to explain how to do, drew and labeled the steps on this organizer, and then used it as a guide to write the sentences.
I created this template for them to write the final draft of their procedural text on. Click the image to download it from Google Docs. Below are some examples. There were some really interesting choices! All kinds of writing about those rubber band bracelets...which of course is VERY hard to explain...Next time, I'll probably narrow the choices a bit.
I just love how this little girl put a moral with her writing...wrong genre, but right idea.
Do you have any favorite procedural text books or resources? Please comment and share!