Students review the purpose of a How-to-Book and reconstruct the steps they took to make a car. They then each write a book, “How to Make a Car.”
- Copy the worksheet “How-to book for making a car”. (Download below)
- Chart paper with the names and examples of the materials used
- Students’ cars from Lesson 7
- Examples of instruction sheets familiar to students, such as Lego Construction Guides (if available)
How-to Books: Ask students if they have Legos™ or other construction toys. Ask:
- When you open up a toy that you have to put together yourself, how do you know what to do?
- Help students recall that there is usually an instruction sheet (or How-to-Book) that tells you what to do. Show students any examples you have.
- How does a How-to-Book show you what to do?
Develop the idea that it shows you how to make something in steps. Each step means adding something new. The How-to-Book shows you what it will look like after each step. Today we will be making How-to-Books showing how you made your cars.
What steps did you take to make a car?
Using their own cars as reminders, help students walk through the steps they followed when they made their cars. For example:
- Tape the axles to the body.
- Put two wheels on each axle.
- Put a stop on the ends of the axles.
How to Make a Car:
Provide worksheets. Ask each student to write a How-to-Book showing how he or she made a car. Provide students with additional sheets as needed.
Exchange and discuss:
Collect all the student’s cars. Have students share their “how to book” with a partner.
- Tell your partner how you think he or she built the car and what it looks like.
- Tell your partner what is clear in the” how-to book” and what you don’t understand.
Give the student’s their original cars back. Have students share and compare with their partner. Ask students to discuss what issues came up.
Have student’s edit their books based on issues that their partner had in reading/understanding them.
- Students review the meaning and purpose of How-to-Books.
- Students recall the steps they took to make a car.
- Students write How-to-Books that record a process they have invented themselves.