Note: To protect the privacy of our members, e-mail addresses have been removed from the archived messages. As a result, some links may be broken.

Lesson Plans

Re: Instructions = Different Results RE: Appropriating Ideas

From: Virginia Rockwood (wckdstpm)
Date: Fri Jul 28 2000 - 18:57:30 PDT

  • Next message: Jhirunrtx: "Re: line creation"

    Here's another lesson which utilizes different results with instructions. It
    taps into observation skills, visual memory, translating words into visual
    images, following directions, etc.

    The day before the lesson I ask students to pay careful attention and be
    especially observant on their way to school.

    Students pair up. Student #1 gives verbal directions to student #2 on how
    he/she gets to school. Detailed directions with many landmarks. (I walk out
    the door, go down 4 steps, turn right and go one block past a fire hydrant,
    a white house with a big tree in the front yard, and a shingled house with
    flowers along the driveway,...) Student #2 writes the directions down as
    they are being dictated.

    Then #2 gives directions to #1.

    Using only the directions they wrote down students create a map which
    illustrates those directionas. Everything mentioned in the directions must
    be in the map. I always do an example first for the class. Maps can be as
    elaborate and colorful as students' imaginations.

    When the lesson is over I create a "treasure hunt" around the school for the
    class. I divide the class into two teams, make 2 separate sets of
    instructions to the "treasure" and see which group can get there
    first.There's always runner-up prizes for second place. We do other lessons
    with maps, but this one is always fun.

    Ginny Rockwood
    Brattleboro Area Middle School
    Brattleboro, VT


    This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Fri Jul 28 2000 - 19:11:01 PDT