ALEX Learning Activity


Poppin' Procedural Text

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Author: Rhianna Jarrell
School:University of Alabama in Huntsville
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1181
Poppin' Procedural Text
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In this activity, the students will use Prezi to create a presentation for an overview of their original procedural text. Prezi is an online program used to produce professional quality presentations. Using Prezi as a medium to display or present the procedural text helps to address technology standards as well as writing and language standards. 

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 2
23 ) Write informative or explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section. [W.2.2]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 2
35 ) Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. [L.2.1]

a. Use collective nouns (e.g., group). [L.2.1a]

b. Form and use frequently occurring irregular plural nouns (e.g., feet, children, teeth, mice, fish). [L.2.1b]

c. Use reflexive pronouns (e.g., myself, ourselves). [L.2.1c]

d. Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring irregular verbs (e.g., sat, hid, told). [L.2.1d]

e. Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified. [L.2.1e]

f. Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences (e.g., The boy watched the movie; The little boy watched the movie; The action movie was watched by the little boy). [L.2.1f]

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.2.35- Demonstrate standard English grammar when writing or speaking.
ELA.AAS.2.35a- Use nouns and verbs when writing or speaking.
ELA.AAS.2.35b- Use plural nouns when writing or speaking.
ELA.AAS.2.35c- Identify and use personal pronouns when writing or speaking.
ELA.AAS.2.35e- Use adjectives when writing or speaking.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 2
R6) Produce, review, and revise authentic artifacts that include multimedia using appropriate digital tools.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • will create and edit multi-media projects with digital tools.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • video
  • audio
  • record
  • text
  • digital
  • multi-media
Students know:
  • devices can record pictures, drawings, videos, audio and text.
  • programs and applications can organize and help you edit pictures, drawings, videos, audio, and/or text.
Students are able to:
  • type, record audio and video, and draw in a digital environment.
  • organize text, audio, video, and or drawings in a digital environment.
  • record their learning into a digital device using video, text, and/or pictures/drawings.
Students understand that:
  • they can show what they have learned using a digital resource such as video, audio, text, and or pictures/drawings.
  • because the work has been done in a digital environment, it can be easier to edit.
Learning Objectives:

  1. The student will be able to understand the function and features of a procedural text.
  2. The student will be able to produce their own procedural text.
  3. The student will be able to use digital tools to design original work.
  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Before/Engage, During/Explore/Explain

  1. The teacher will ask the students if they have ever read a "how to" book, recipe or instructions for any activity.
  2. The teacher will explain that these types of text are called procedural text and that their main function is to tell the reader how to do something.
  3. The teacher will explain to the students that they will be creating their own procedural text presentation using Prezi explaining how to blow a bubble with bubble gum in four simple steps.
  4. The teacher will show the students how to find the Prezi website and model how to use the website.
  5. The teacher will model the process of blowing a bubble with bubble gum for the students.
  6. The teacher will scaffold the students in writing a similar set of steps as the example below:

First: Chew the bubble gum until it is smooth.

Then: Flatten the gum with your tongue.

Next: Move the flattened gum sheet over the tip of your tongue.

Last: Pucker your lips and fill the flat gum sheet with air until a bubble is formed.

6. The students will apply their knowledge of procedural text by writing their own procedure for blowing a bubble with bubblegum.

7. The students will proofread a partner's procedure.

8. After proofreading, the students will create a Prezi presentation using their original procedural text. 

Assessment Strategies:

The teacher can evaluate the student's procedural texts for grammar and text structure. The Prezi presentation can be evaluated for the same things as well as creativity in design. 

Advanced Preparation:

To use Prezi, the teacher and the students will have to create an account.

Variation Tips (optional):

Teachers can have students write procedural texts and create Prezi presentations for procedural texts about a variety of topics, such as how to tie your shoes. 

Notes or Recommendations (optional):

Allow the students time to practice using Prezi. Though it is much like Powerpoint, there are a few differences that may require practice to master.

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