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How-To Writing in Kindergarten

December 12 Deedee 2 min read
Writing instruction in Kindergarten can be overwhelming when you don't know where to start! Here's how I handle how-to writing in kindergarten with lots of examples!
I have written this post 10 times (in my head).   I have carried these writing samples around for weeks in my bag.  I have been without a scanner (so that is my excuse for not posting these earlier).  Better late than never… right?
My class was knee-deep in “How-to” writing in November.
This is a tough switch to go from writing narratives to writing procedural texts.  Here are a couple of samples I wanted to share.
I love the little apple slicer illustration she used.


We had talked about how you need to zoom in so the reader will be able to see your instructions clearly.
Naturally…. you eat them… love it!
This sample was from another student a few weeks later.  She was really focusing on “telling more.”  I am proud of what she came up with.



I don’t concern myself too much with handwriting.  We can focus on that during other parts of our instructional day. However, we do talk about making it neat so the reader can understand your message.  I think she did a great job.  We will get those capital letters out of the middle of her sentences with time.  Right now, I just want to say,  “Well! Done!”
If you are looking for help with your writing instruction, Deanna Jump and I have created detailed writer’s workshop lessons.  They will help you with day-to-day instruction for those just starting out or you can use them to supplement your own writing curriculum.
You can see the complete year HERE.


  • Christer December 12 at 4:45 am

    Love this post. Their writing was AWESOME!!

  • Sandi MacDougall December 12 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Deedee.

  • Jen R December 12 at 2:05 pm

    My autumn tells me all the time "how-to" do things… I can't wait to get her to start writing them down! I seriously think I could homeschool my girls with all the wonderful resources from all of you out there in blogland! but then I think… do I really have the patience to have them at home ALL. THE. TIME. haha!

  • Sandy Welch December 13 at 3:26 am

    I love your writing and math units. They are very effective and certainly some of the best TPT purchases I have ever made. Tried and true! These writing samples show so much growth! I need to remember to concentrate on the objective and let things like capitals in the middle of words go. Thank you so much for the reminder! 🙂

  • Abby December 13 at 11:10 am

    Kid writing is the best! And, clearly, you are nailing it as a teacher!!!!

  • Judith Heideman December 16 at 5:33 pm

    I know this is unrelated but I wanted to know if you continued with the whole brain teaching techniques.

  • Cafeyestilo January 6 at 10:34 pm

    Hi Dee Dee! I love your students' writing! I show my students them everytime you create a post as teachable tools. I have a question about your bundle. When or what unit would you specify discusses handwriting per say? I want some lessons where I can take out those capital letters in the middle of our sentences! Any recommendations. I would love to use this to supplement because we already use the Lucy Caulkins Series.

    • Deedee January 9 at 3:37 am

      Thank you! We actually address it continuously in all parts of our day. It is a tough nut to crack for SURE!

  • Shanyn September 29 at 4:43 am

    Thank you so much for sharing, Deedee! I am from Australia and teach the same age group. It is always wonderful to see how everyone around the world teach and learn.

    • Deedee September 30 at 5:35 pm

      I totally agree! I love peeking into other classrooms!

  • Toni January 15 at 5:52 pm

    I’m curious how your students are already able to write using spacing, punctuation, phonetic and real word spelling in November??!! Especially when kids come to you/us not knowing what a letter yet a word is. It’s the end of the 2nd qtr for us this week and my students are just beginning to write like your November students. What am I not doing? I feel like I model constantly, give them writing experiences daily, but every year it takes until at least the end of 2nd qtr before they look anything remotely like your November writings

    • Deedee January 21 at 8:13 am

      Hi Toni! Certainly, not all of my students are writing flawlessly, but the majority are. I am doing guided reading (with guided writing), interactive writing with our Guiding Readers close reading units, and writers workshop. I also used our Read, Trace, Glue, Draw pages which offers daily opportunities to reinforce these skills as part of our morning work. I think the daily and consistent activities help.

      I taught at a title school with ESL students, so I don’t think my students can in with above average skills. In fact, I had about 40% with little letter identification skills (under 15 letters) and about 60% with little sound ID (like under 5 sounds). It is a hard push all year for sure! But I love to see their progress and I celebrate every victory along the way.

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