The Beginner Builder’s Book Box-Writing Instructions

This guided writing lesson should be completed after the child has built his/her own book box.

Here’s how to build it if you haven’t already!

a completed wooden book box


To get a full understanding on how I conduct each writing lesson you may want to read the Writing Prompts Introduction post.  The lesson outlined below (and all other prompts posted) will make more sense and be easier to follow and use.  Here’s the lined paper I use for Grades K-2 and Grades 2-7

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As mentioned in my writing prompts introduction:  K-1st Graders are encouraged to write 1 sentence for each section, 2nd Graders 2 sentences, 3rd Graders 3 sentences and so on.


Guide the students through the following steps.  They are free to use their own words as long as they follow along to keep their instructions organized.


  1. On the 1st line, center, write a title.  Examples can be:

How to Build a Book Box, Build a Wooden Book Box or simply Book Box etc.


2. On the 2nd line, left side, write an introductory paragraph.  Use a question and/or exclamation.  For example:

                                    Do you like to build?  Build a book box!


        Are you tired of watching plastic book boxes break?  Build a wooden one!


3. On the next line, left side write the word MATERIALS and list them.

A younger child may only write:

                                    MATERIALS:  wood, nails and a hammer

An older child can be more specific:


                                    4 pieces of wood that are 12” x 10”

                                    1 piece of wood that is 12” x 13.5”

                                    Nails that are 1 ½ inches long

                                    A light weight hammer


4. On the next line, left side, write the word STEPS or INSTRUCTIONS.

5. Under the word STEPS or INSTRUCTIONS write the number 1 to begin.

6. Then, have the students use 1-4 sentences (depending on age and ability) to explain each step to building the book box.  For the first step:

A younger child might simply write:

Put two sides together.  Hammer in the nails.

two wooden sides
a child hammering in a nail

An older child has the ability to break it down into many mini steps:

                                 Take two pieces of board that are 12” x 10”.

                                 Connect the 10” edges to make a right angle.

                                 Hammer in a nail at each corner.

                                 Hammer in 5-10 more nails along the edge.                         

7. On the next line, write the next number (The numbers will vary according to how many steps have already been written.)  Write how to add the 3rd side.

3 wooden sides of the book box
a child hammering in a nail

8. On the next line, write the next number. Write how to add the 4th side.

3 sides of the wooden book box
4 sides of the wooden book box

9. On the next line, write the next number. Write how to add the bottom. 

a completed wooden book box
the bottom of the wooden book box


10. Write a conclusion that encourages the reader to build the box and how to use it!

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