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How to Catch a Turkey! Procedural Writing

I love doing procedural writing with Kinders.  
They always have the cutest ideas for How to do things.   We made a turkey and wrote about how to catch him.  
The example above says,  
First, you get a net.
Next, hide in the bushes.
Then, you catch him.

To make the turkeys use Crayola Markers to color a coffee filter.
Then use an eyedropper to drop a few drops of water on it to make the colors run together.

Glue the turkey body on top of the coffee filter and then
use scrap paper pieces to make his beak and feet.

This is the perfect writing activity to do this time of year because we are usually smack dab in the middle of our How To Writing unit from our Writing Through the Year series.  

Here's a writing sample from one of the Littles.
NOTE:  The typed words were added for the blog.
I don't type or write over their writing because I want them to know that I love and hold precious their spelling approximations!  They are authors and I don't want them to feel like I am devaluing their work.

I just love kindergarten writing. Don't you?

If you struggle with HOW to teach writing to little ones then you should check out our Writing Through the Year units on TPT.  Deedee and I have done all of the work for you.  From daily scripted mini lessons to anchor charts and rubrics.  We have used these units in our classroom for several years and we are amazed at the thinking and writing our students are able to do.


  1. Do you do the writing as whole group or do they write the steps independently?

  2. Your units have totally changed my life! I have always done writer's workshop but struggled with the mini lessons. Your units are amazing and my kiddos LOVE writing! Thank you!

  3. I purchased your writing Bundle and I love it, but my schedule does not allow for daily writing. Any recommendations for how to still use your bundle?

  4. This is so cute! I love doing the crayola markers on the coffee filters, but I've not used it as the turkey's tail before. So clever! As I'm in CA .. the kids take the filters outside and spray them with a water bottle. They dry in only a few minutes and all the colors blend together beautifully.

    I so enjoy your creative teaching style, Deanna. I would have loved to team teach with you! I can tell we have similar beliefs on how children learn best! I hope to see you again in July.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Susie Haas Kane

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