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Get Cooking With Words! Creating a Recipe Using Procedural Writing

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Alison Morawek

Beamsville, Ontario


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Piggie Pie! by Margie Palatini (Clarion, 1997)

  • Baloney by Jon Scieszka (Puffin, 2005)

  • Hello, Harvest Moon by Ralph Fletcher (Clarion, 2003)

  • The Wolf Who Cried Boy by Bob Hartman (Putnam Juvenile, 2002)

  • Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey (Blue Sky, 1994)

  • Henny-Penny by Jane Wattenberg (Scholastic, 2000)

  • Stone Soup by Marcia Brown (Aladdin, 1997)

  • Macbeth for Kids by Lois Burdett (Firefly, 1996)

  • Computers with Internet access

  • LCD projector

  • Chart paper and markers

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1. Select and read children's literature that exemplifies the effective word choice writing trait. Word choice refers to the use of appropriate nouns, verbs, adjectives, and other parts of speech in a given context. This lesson uses all of the books listed in the Resources section as examples in the lesson. Two examples include:
  • In the book Piggie Pie by Margie Palatini, the author uses many effective adjectives (e.g., grouchy, grumpy, hungry, delicious, delightful, special, sweet, tasty, and yummy).

  • In the book Baloney by Jon Scieszka, a variety of verbs are used to enhance the story (e.g., misplaced, found, drove, grabbed, jumped, launch, used, pop open, turned, blasting, jammed, land, entertained, decided, crowned, forgot, disintegrate, plugging, and erased).
You will need to choose one book to read aloud to the class (see Session 1, Step 2) and to gather enough copies of the rest so that when you break the class into groups of three to five students, each group has copies of one of the books (see Session 2, Step 2).

2. Make several word choice charts with the title Word Choice and three columns labeled nouns, verbs, and adjectives (see Session 1, Step 3 and Session 4, Step 2).

3. Read Stone Soup by Marcia Brown and Macbeth for Kids by Lois Burdett to get a sense of the content of these stories. Examine how these stories can provide students with a framework for procedural writing. For example, the plot in Stone Soup takes the reader through the process the soldiers follow to make stone soup for the villagers. All of the ingredients needed to make this soup, as well as how the soup is made, are embedded in the storyline. Also, Macbeth for Kids features the creation of a "witches brew," including the ingredients and the steps for developing this wacky recipe.

4. Preview the website Disney FamilyFun: Cooking With Kids. If you do not have classroom computers with Internet access, reserve one 45-minute session in your school's computer lab (see Session 4). If possible, arrange to use an LCD projector during this session. Bookmark this website on your classroom or lab computers.

5. Photocopy the Procedural Writing Graphic Organizer for students, and make an overhead copy of the Procedure and Word Choice Rubric.

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