How well can your students follow specific directions? (activity)

How well can your students follow specific directions? (activity)
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The idea behind this activity is to get student to read and follow directions carefully. This is a bit of a trick due to students eagerness to rush through various directions given. The top directions clearly tells students to read all the directions BEFORE actually doing them. The very last direction (#20) tells them that they can skip all the silly directions (like making them stand up in class and tell you to "I should pay attention")

For the students who do go through the entire process (even though it was written for them to skip it all) there are also questions that will help you to get to know the student--things like favorite food.

I use this in my Science classrooms because we have detailed labs that the students must follow carefully. This is a generic document that can be used in any classroom where students are required to follow directions. It is a very fun activity to do at the beginning of the year that will get them engaged and ready to read carefully!

Your goal is to give it out and set a timer (10-12 minutes usually works to get them to try to rush through it). Everyone starts at the same time and you watch as students try to finish ...when all they had to do was read it! Give prizes to those how actually read the instructions correctly. At step 19 the students will have to read you an ironic sentence. They then hand you the paper. Do with it what you please. Since they hand you the paper at step 19 they miss step 20 that tells them about the trick of the paper. Then for the remainder of time you emphasize the importance of reading very carefully and follow the teacher's instruction as given.
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30 minutes
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