In this lab activity, students will learn the importance of following and writing thorough procedures as they draw pictures.
Hook: I introduce this activity by giving very vague and quick directions on how to tie a tie. I bring two students up to the front of the class and I tie a tie as they also attempt it.
Students are to be placed in teams of three. One student sits in a chair facing one direction, while two other students sit in chairs side-by-side facing the opposite direction. One student will be the "procedure master" for that turn. He/she will draw one of the clip-art photos attached to this file. With their backs to their group, they must explain in detail how to draw the picture they have. (They cannot give hints as to what the object is or what it looks like) Instead, they have to use descriptions like shapes, sizes, directions, etc. Once they have completed their drawing, they rotate in their chairs and the next partner explains their drawing to the group. This will be repeated until each partner has had a chance to be the procedure master.
The activity takes about 20-25 minutes and if you would like to stretch it for a whole period, you could have students complete multiple rounds. They may also answer the analysis questions and those may be discussed as a class.
This activity can be adapted to both younger and higher level learners.