Functional writing is a lot of fun at any age. This genre can be very exciting for the students. It’s a time to make things and have fun. Here is a list of functional writing ideas that I’ve used over the past few years.

  • How to draw a turkey (5 steps)
  • How to make green eggs and ham (Read Green Eggs and Ham By: Dr. Seuss first)
  • How to tie your shoe
  • How to make your bed
  • How to make an ice cream cone
  • How to make a snowman ornament
  • How to make pancakes
  • How to carve a pumpkin
  • How to make cinnamon toast
  • How to make a reindeer
  • How to hang an ornament
  • How to jump rope (I tend to take them outside and jump rope with them; they love this)
  • How to wash a car
  • How to feed your dog/cat
  • How to make a cake
  • How to make a friend

These are just a few of the many functional writing ideas I have used. My students love this genre and love being able to eat and create things. It’s a great way to get them to love writing!