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Write a Recipe

Writing out a recipes is a fun way to connect language arts skills to daily life for second- and third-graders.

By Jane Ann Robertson, Consulting Educator

As your child becomes a more accomplished writer, you can have some fun with this activity.

What you'll need:

  • Ingredients for a recipe
  • Paper
  • Pen or pencil

Here's How To Do It

Find out what your child wants for lunch using the ingredients you have on hand. Agree to make what he requests, but tell him you need step-by-step specific instructions written down so you can make it "just right." For example, your child might write instructions for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. After your child has finished, follow the instructions exactly as written. Watch the giggling begin if your child forgot to tell you to open the peanut butter jar, or get the bread out of the bag or use a knife to spread the jelly!

Jane Ann Robertson was Arizona's Teacher of the Year in 2004. She teaches first grade and will be "looping" with her students to teach them in second grade the following year at Abia Judd Elementary School in Prescott, Arizona, where she has taught for 20 years. She also mentors and advises student teachers at Northern Arizona University.

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