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Making a Set of Instructions Assignment

Making a Set of Instructions Assignment

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*Please complete this assignment alone or in groups of 2 or 3*



  1. Build your assigned snowflake using toothpicks and marshmallows
  2. Create a set of instructions for how to build this snowflake following the format of the example given. You must include:
  • Title
  • Student names and date
  • Material (be specific)
  • Warning
  • Introduction (establish the purpose of your activity and identify possible modifications)
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Final Structure
  • Pictures (using Microsoft shapes, the internet or your camera)


When writing your instructions, please consider the following guidelines:

  • Be specific and concise; you want to make your instructions as clear as possible
  • Determine your audience and chose your writing style and vocabulary accordingly.
  • In this case, you will be addressing older children, so you must adapt your content and writing style to an intermediate level of understanding.
  • All visuals must be placed as close as possible to their corresponding instruction and numbered
  • Be sure to number all steps and include only one instruction per step.
  • Be positive and encouraging in your introduction and conclusion. This will diminish the anxiety someone may feel when attempting a new, unfamiliar task.
  • Be sure to use a user-friendly format and that your design is attractive, easy to follow and pleasing to the eye.
  • Include warnings when needed to inform readers of possible risks or dangers (bonus marks!)


Good Luck!












Set of instructions – Mini Toothpick House

By: Student 1 and Student 2

Date: Thursday, July 25th, 2019


  • 17 toothpicks
  • 10 marshmallows


Warning: Toothpicks have sharp, pointy edges; please proceed with caution.

Introduction: Need something fun to do but have little to no material? You’ve come to the right place! This fun craft is sure to keep children busy while improving their problem solving, reading and creativity skills. In this example, we have created a mini-house replica using marshmallows to connect toothpicks; however, you may use the material of your choice. Some examples of alternatives are: apple pieces, grapes or Play Dough.

Let’s get started!


  • Create two square structures using a total of 4 marshmallows and 4 toothpicks per structure.
  • Use 4 toothpicks to connect both square structures that you created in step 1. Your structure should now resemble a cube. Place the cube aside for now.


  • Create 2 triangular structures using 2 toothpicks and 1 marshmallow. Insert both toothpicks into the marshmallow at a 30-degree angle from each other.
Figure 2
  • Use 1 toothpick to connect both structures created in step 3 by inserting each end into a marshmallow. Your structure should resemble a triangular prism with no bottom.


  • Connect structures created in step 2 (cube) and step 4 (triangular prism) without the use of any additional marshmallows or toothpicks.

Final Structure:





Figure 3




Conclusion:Congratulations! You have successfully completed your mini toothpick house. Enjoy!































Place your marshmallow…






VERTICALLY                        HORIZONTALLY


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Grading Sheet


Quality of the layout:     /12

  • Information is presented in a manner that is clear and pleasing to the eye /3
  • Pictures are inserted at the right places    /2
  • All information needed is present:                      /7
  • Title
  • Student names and date
  • Material
  • Warning (bonus!!)
  • Introduction
  • Instructions
  • Final Structure
  • Pictures


Quality of the writing: /11

  • Instructions are clear and concise /2
  • Writing style and vocabulary are geared towards the learning level of the audience       /3
  • Sentences are grammatically correct:                                                                              /4
  • Comma placement
  • Parallelism
  • Verb tenses
  • Sentence structure
  • Only one instruction per step        /2


Quality of the message:      /5

  • Encouraging tone used in the introduction and conclusion /2
  • Steps are orderly and easy to follow /3


Last Updated on July 24, 2019

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