Procedural Writing Prompts & Resources

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Procedural Writing Prompts & Resources

Procedural writing might sound like an advanced topic for elementary school, but your students have already undoubtedly encountered examples of it in their daily lives. 

In all actuality, procedural writing is simply a fancy term for the kinds of instructions and directions we all see when we do everyday things like reading the directions on a microwave meal or following a tutorial to set up a new online account.

Procedural Writing Prompts for Elementary Students

Following a piece of procedural writing is one thing, but young students should also learn how to write their own procedural texts in order to convey information and explain basic tasks to others.  This form of writing can take many forms, such as maps, guidebooks, and tutorials—but for elementary school students, we recommend starting with simple types like recipes, diagrams, step-by-step guides, and bullet-point lists.

In this new set of 33 writing prompts for elementary school students, you’ll find exercises your students can use to learn how to first break a task down into its component parts—and then how to convey that information to someone else!  Use these prompts to guide your students in creating procedural writing that is clear, simple, and easy to follow and understand.

33 Procedural Writing Prompts for Elementary Students

  1. Use procedural writing to write a recipe that explains how to be a good friend to others.
  2. Use procedural writing to write a recipe that explains how to make a toasted grilled cheese sandwich.
  3. Use procedural writing to write a recipe that explains how to make the perfect ice cream sundae.
  4. Write a recipe that explains how to make breakfast in bed for someone on his or her birthday.
  5. Write a recipe that explains how to make your favorite snack.
  6. Use procedural writing to create a diagram that explains how to draw a person.
  7. Use procedural writing to create a diagram that explains how to add and subtract simple numbers.
  8. Create a diagram that explains how tall you and your friends are in comparison to one another.
  9. Create a diagram that explains how to tell if you need an umbrella before going outside.
  10. Create a diagram that explains how to tell the difference between the amounts that various coins and bills are worth.
  11. Create a diagram that explains how to get dressed in the morning.
  12. Create a diagram that explains how to ride a bicycle.
  13. Use procedural writing to write a bullet-point list that explains how to test what might be wrong when your computer freezes.
  14. Use procedural writing to write a bullet-point list that explains how to brush and floss your teeth.
  15. Use procedural writing to write a bullet-point list that explains some good safety rules to follow when playing outside.
  16. Write a bullet-point list that explains how to play with a dog.
    Elementary Procedural Writing Ideas
  17. Use procedural writing to write a bullet-point list that explains some good tips for exercising.
  18. Write a bullet-point list that explains different strategies for being a good student.
  19. Use procedural writing to write a step-by-step guide that explains how to draw a picture of a house.
  20. Write a step-by-step guide that explains how to write a thank you note.
  21. Write a step-by-step guide that explains how to clean your room.
  22. Write a step-by-step guide that explains how to test the odds of getting heads or tails when flipping a coin.
  23. Write a step-by-step guide that explains how to apologize to someone for hurting their feelings.
  24. Write a step-by-step guide that explains how to decorate a Christmas tree.
  25. Write a step-by-step guide that explains how to make your own pizza.
  26. Write a step-by-step guide that explains how to play your favorite board game or card game.
  27. Write a step-by-step guide that explains how to behave during school.
  28. Write a step-by-step guide that explains how to set the table for dinner.
  29. Write a step-by-step guide that explains how to have a relaxing Saturday.
  30. Write a step-by-step guide that explains how to load or unload the dishwasher.
  31. Write a step-by-step guide that explains how to write a book report.
  32. Write a step-by-step guide that explains how to study for a spelling test.
  33. Write a step-by-step guide that explains how to pick out a special present for someone.

Graphic Organizer Examples

Check out the following sample procedural writing graphic organizers. They are useful tools to help young writers understand how to visually organize their writing.

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