Polar Bears & Penguins ~ Following Directions!
This is a great lesson that targets following directions of increased length and complexity! 1-step directions, 2-step directions, 3-step directions, Before/After Directions, If...then... directions, and spatial directions. The flash cards target 1, 2, 3-step directions, Before/After, and If...then...directions. The subsequent worksheet pages (with grids) target spatial directions.
**This would be a great lesson to add to your polar bear or penguin units. I did NOT put polar bears and penguins on the same pages...since we all know they live at opposite poles. Instead, use the polar bear printouts, fish cards, and polar bear worksheets if you are targeting polar bears. Use the penguin printouts, fish cards, and penguin worksheets if you want a penguin theme. This packet can accommodate either theme...or combine them to contrast arctic vs antarctic animals!!!
**1 Polar Bear & 1 Penguin for a headband/crown (Optional): Print as many as you need. Cut out the animal. Glue it on construction paper or poster board. Leave a margin/background and cut again. Glue the polar bears &/or penguins on pre-cut strips. Tape, glue, or staple the strips so that the students can wear them as crowns/headbands. Younger children enjoy wearing these as they play the game. This is just an add-on, you don’t need these to play the game!
**2 “Let’s Go Ice Fishing” print-outs (Optional): Pick which printout you want (penguin or polar bear). Find a box or paper bag that is about 8x11 inches. Cut out the black hole on the sheet of paper. ***For a box style: You can use shoe boxes, cereal boxes, etc. Place the paper on the top of the box...trace where the hole is. Take the paper off. Cut the hole on the box. Glue the paper with the polar bear/penguin on the top of the box. You will now have a box for the students to reach into. Put the cards inside and the students will “fish” for a card. If you use a box, you can use fishing rods...you can easily make your own. Take stick, attach yarn at one end. Attach a magnet to the end of the yarn. Put paper clips or another piece of metal (washers, etc) on all of the cards. Students can then use the fishing rod to pull out a card. ***For the paper bag style (brown bag or gift bag), fit the paper to one side of the bag and trace/cut the hole on the bag, glue the paper on (lining up the holes). Students then reach inside the bag to retrieve a card. ***You do not have to use the ice fishing hole idea...you can still play the game...just put the cards in a pile (face down) or in a hat or bag.
**17 pages of directions cards (6 cards per page): To play the game, pick a card, follow the direction. See who has the most cards at the end of the game! 3 pages (18 cards) 1-step Directions, 3 pages (18 cards) 2-step Directions, 3 pages (18 cards) 3-step Directions, 3 pages (18 cards) Before/After (Temporal) Directions, 4 pages (24 cards) If...Then Directions
**1 Create Your Own (Template) page (6 cards): Use this template page to create any directions!
**1 Bonus Cards Page (6 cards): Add these bonus game cards to make game play more fun!
**4 pages of Worksheets Plus 2 Create Your Own (Template) pages: Each page has 10 directions and a 9-square grid. Students follow the directions and use the grid. (2 pages with polar bear theme, 2 pages with penguin theme).
Other fun ideas:
**Use this activity in conjunction with Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear! (Bill Martin Jr, Eric Carle)
**Use in conjunction with any penguin or polar bear unit!
**Use gummy fish/Swedish fish or goldfish crackers as rewards for good listening!
**Use the direction cards for quick and fun brain breaks in large group classroom activities...get the kiddos up, moving, and listening!
**Send the worksheet pages (or the flashcards/game) home as home practice!
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