Following Directions Test for Upper Elementary Back to School Activity

Leslie Auman
Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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15 pages + 1 editable page
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Rein in your upper elementary students and get them back into classroom routines with this silly, quirky following directions test, now available in both printable and fillable PDF formats! It includes three versions of the test: two of which are a fun trick while the third is a real test!

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◾ Teacher instructions

◾ 3rd-5th grade Texas TEK* standards alignment, including vertical alignment

◾ Three versions of the Following Directions Assessment:

---> Two "trick" versions of the test with goofy instructions in numbers 1-10 but the real instructions in small gray text at the bottom of the page

---> One legitimate version of the test with instructions that a typical elementary school teacher would have as a routine at the start of class

◾ Both black-and-white and color options


◾ Teacher instructions for fillable PDF

◾ Editable student instructions for fillable PDF

◾ Three versions of the Following Directions Assessment in fillable PDF format

*Note: There are no Common Core State Standards about following directions, which is why I opted to use Texas TEK standards instead.


What are my recommendations for use in your classroom?


◾ I recommend using this in the first days of school at the start of the new school year.

◾ This resource comes in both color and black-and-white. You can print the black-and-white version on colored paper to make it a little more fun!

◾ The "trick" versions of the test have the real instructions at the bottom of the page in small gray text. The purpose of this following directions test in general is to encourage students to read the whole assignment before getting started, which is why these "trick" versions are set up this way. I definitely recommend only reading the directions at the top of the page and not bringing any attention to the bottom of the page! Let your students figure it out for themselves.

◾ On the Teacher Instructions page, I've included several suggested questions that you can use for a whole-group discussion at the end of the activity. The questions are designed to get students thinking and conversing about why it's important to follow directions and what the consequences might be if they don't.

◾ Although this has been aligned to a few of the Texas TEKS about following directions and listening attentively, I don't recommend taking this for a grade or tying some kind of academic purpose to it. It should be utilized as a fun, low-key activity that will help you ease your students back into the school routine at the beginning of the year.

◾ Please note that this activity is not editable.


◾ You can alter the student instructions in the editable PowerPoint file. Then, you can export the PowerPoint file to a PDF so that you can send it to your students (via email, Google Classroom, etc.).

◾ The test includes fillable text boxes for students to type in their answers. Most fillable text box fields do not allow scroll bars and multiple lines, although the few questions that do ask for a longer response have these capabilities.

◾ There are also fillable text boxes for students' names and the date. You can fill in the name text box for each student before sending out the test, if you like, but that will add more work in individually assigning each personalized copy of the PDF to each student.

◾ Assign the test to students via email, Google Classroom, or whatever Learning Management System (LMS) your school/district uses.


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Total Pages
15 pages + 1 editable page
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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