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There is a book called "Play by the Rules". I used to do a couple of activities out of it. It is a bit young, but once you get used to the format, you could create your own ideas from it.

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colhagen 11-30-2010 06:38 PM

When I do following directions, I try to make it as real world as possible. For instance, I have found directions on how to tie different knots, different kinds of origami, paper airplanes, etc.
Even if you want to get more into written directions than to directions with pictures, this might be a good place to start.
Kids love to see what they can do (or can't do!), if they just FOLLOW DIRECTIONS!

mohawk 11-08-2010 05:52 PM

I would love to know the name of that book. TIA

Ima Teacher 10-31-2010 02:41 PM

I have an entire book of following direction activities for grades 5-8. The book is by McDonald publishers. It's listening and following directions. I use them quite a bit, and there is enough variety so that it doesn't seem like doing the same thing all the time.

Barbryan 10-31-2010 01:59 PM

Jeniowa! Thanks!
I've found following directions activities on Edhelper, too.

jeniowa 10-29-2010 12:00 PM

LastName: _________________ First Name:___________________Date: _________ Period: ___
_______________________________ _________
INSTRUCTIONS Read very carefully. Read over and understand this entire paper before doing any of it. You may ask for clarifications.

1. Write down the chapter you are on in your Literature circle book________________.
2. Write your teacher’s first name in the blank__________________________ _.
3. Count the number of students in the room and write the number here ____.
4. Put this paper on top of your head and leave it there until the teacher initials this line.
5. On the line below, write in the next two numbers in the series of numbers.
1, 3, 5, 7, ___, ____
6. At the bottom of the paper, write and solve this math problem: 1/2 + 3/8 = ?

7. How many male humans are in this room? ____.
8. In the blank space below question 6, draw a stick-figure of a person.

9. Add up the number of teachers plus the number of female students in this room.
Write your answer here ___.

10. Sit on your chair with your legs to the side, and the right side of your body towards the your desk’s top.
Stay that way until a teacher initials this line.
_______________________________ _________
INSTRUCTIONS Do not do any of the numbered questions. Instead, fill in the blanks at the top of the paper (just below the title). Next, turn your paper over. Sit and watch the fun. If a student asks you why you are not doing it, just say “I don’t want to look foolish.”

jayjay0105 10-29-2010 04:04 AM

I have seen those, but I want to work on understanding the actual language used in curricular directions. I think I remember being given one of those when I was in school, but I can't remember if I was one of the direction-readers or not!

substituteftw 10-27-2010 04:10 PM

There is one I saw once in some book... but my memory fails me now, sorry!

The only reason I remember it was because, at the top of the worksheet (which asks students to find all kinds of information in their history books, I believe), the directions say to skip problems 1-20, place their pencil on their desk and silently put their heads down. The point of the worksheet was to show kids the importance of reading the directions at the top of the paper. The average student would just tear right into the questions!

imalith 10-27-2010 05:59 AM

There is a book called "Play by the Rules". I used to do a couple of activities out of it. It is a bit young, but once you get used to the format, you could create your own ideas from it.

jayjay0105 10-27-2010 05:28 AM

I am a middle school (grades 6-8) SLP and I am looking for activities/worksheets that work on following directions. Most of the directions activities that I have found are for elementary ages (ex. touch your nose and jump 3 times...etc.). I have one worksheet that simulates curricular directions, and would LOVE to have some more similar to it! (Ex. Turn to page 239 and write the name of the chapter in the upper left corner). Do you know of any sources for something like this?

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