Reading Comprehension Of Written Directions - Functional Literacy

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K - 2nd, Homeschool
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Systematically teach students to read and follow written directions with this leveled set. Students move from reading single words with picture cues to reading and following 5 step written directions.


  • Students who need support in writing and language
  • Students who need repeated & varied practice to gain skills
  • Classrooms with students at multiple levels
  • Students of any age at the early literacy level
  • Students with language-based disabilities such as autism


  • 8 levels which gradual increase expectations
  • Visual supports faded out as students progress


Included are 8 different sets of tasks to systematically teach students to follow written directives. Sets included:

Set 1: The picture is the main focus of the direction card. These cards are perfect for students who have a limited sight word vocabulary and rely heavily on picture cues.

Set 2: This group of cards begins to add in more words. At this point, students are learning to read a 2-word directive accompanied with a picture cue.

Set 3: This set has 3 words and while the picture is still there, it is no longer the major focus. The picture is being faded out. You could also cover the picture and have students try to read the text before looking at the picture to see if they were correct.

Set 4: Students practice the directives containing 3 to 7 words and no picture cue. Directives are presented one at a time.

Set 5: Students practice reading and following 2-step written directions. Both directives are presented at the same time.

Set 6: Students practice reading and following 3-step written directions. All three directives are presented at the same time.

Set 7: Students practice reading and following 4-step written directions listed together.

Set 8: Students practice reading and following 5-step written directions and should now be able to do so with no or limited support.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kaeley says, "Love the differentiation included within this resource! Students are engaged with the activity, and working to strengthen comprehension skills in a fun manner!"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Jenny says, "I used this resource to build independent work folders for my students who need to focus on Comprehension. I like how it is differentiated across different abilities and learning levels."

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Jessica says, "Every little guy I've worked with really loved this activity. Great for attending, following instructions, reading, and building vocabulary and gross motor activities. I am a fan! "

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Alexandra says, "This is wonderful for my students who need extra practice in reading and following directions. We are able to start off easy, build confidence, and work toward grade-level reading, comprehension, and success. Thank you!"

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.


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