If your kids love pirates they will enjoy describing, telling stories, matching, sequencing, and using pronouns and prepositions with the ones in this activity.
Model how to describe the picture so that another person can create a matching picture. Tell the students that they CANNOT point or say “Right there.” The goal is for them to give specific directions using clear adjectives and location words.
Select the number of pieces that would be needed to complete the task. If the task is to follow a simple direction, select only one item representing the feature (ex. a brown shovel, or a black shovel). If more than one feature is the target, select multiple examples (ex. a pirate ship with two sails and a cross bones flag). A more complex level requires the use of directionality, angle, color, and/or position. (ex. A pirate holding a sword and a bird standing in front of a rowboat with no sail).
One student takes a completed scene card and describes or gives the directions one at a time to the other student on how to make a matching picture. The other student has the mat and the pieces needed to complete the picture. If the directions are not clear to the listener, s/he can ask for clarification, such as “Does the sun go on the left or the right?”
Pirates Barrier Game
by Kathy Grover
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