Summer Fun ~ Following Directions!
This is a 48-page packet includes:
1) Following Basic 1-step Directions (w/ conceptual terms): 5 pages, 5 directions per page. These pages are basic 1-step or 1 critical element directions . These are great for younger learners who are just beginning to work on directions on a worksheet style page. Great for projecting on an interactive white board or printing.
2) Following Directions ~ At the Beach! (Cards, 6 cards per page): 3 pages (18 cards) for each: 1-step, 2-step, 3-step, Before/After (Temporal), If...Then (Conditional), Create Your Own: Template page for teachers to add their own directions!, Bonus Game Cards. Print, cut, and laminate (if desired) the cards needed for the activity/goal. Place all cards (including bonus game cards if desired) in a pile or basket. Students take turns picking a card and following the direction. Winner is person with most cards at the end of the game.
3) Following Multi-Element Directions w/ Grids: 3 pages, plus 2 Create Your Own pages. Students listen to or read the directions and complete steps in the grid below. Spatial concepts targeted: corner, right/left, between, middle, top/bottom, above/over, below/under, etc.
4) Answering Questions with Conceptual Terms: 2 pages, plus 1 Create Your Own page. Students listen to or read the questions and look at the grid below to answer the question using specific words.
5) If...Then… Conditional Directions ~ List: 2 pages, plus 1 Create Your Own page. This exercise is in list format. It is great for the clinician/teacher to print off and read to a class or student, or can be sent home for a parent to read to the child. Students then follow the directions. Activity is great for interactive white board activities too for entire class participation. Great for “Brain Breaks” or listening activities.
6) Following Directions to Draw a Picture Scene: 2 pages, plus 1 Create Your Own page. Students read or listen to directions to draw a picture scene in the box below.
7) Barrier Directions: This is a great activity to work on: summer/beach vocabulary, following directions, listening to sentences with multiple details (language processing), and learning how to give directions to another person (using specific words/details). Print off any of the picture pages (laminate if re-using). Cut apart the picture items (a variety of children and props/items are included...also laminate if re-using). Different color and sizes are also included (ex: big bucket vs little bucket). Hint: with the props/items, cut very close to the items—some white background is fine. Lay out all of the desired items/props. Give students directions of appropriate length and complexity for their level of functioning and goals. Ex: “Find the girl who is standing next to a purple surfboard.” (Child finds the item) “Put her between the palm tree and the umbrella.” If you print double sets, this can be done as a true barrier activity in which the student also give the clinician/teacher or a peer directions as well (reciprocal turn-taking for giving/following directions). Specific directions are NOT included (just the scenes and picture items) as the possibilities are endless for what you might choose to say. Tip: You can limit the field or number of pictures the child is looking at to increase or decrease difficulty level. You can also include very similar pictures in the field set, or very different pictures...depending on the skill level of the student. This is a great activity for in-session practice (you can laminate it to re-use it) or send the sheets (not laminated) home for home practice. ***This can be a more labor-intensive activity as you must cut out items. This is why it is recommended to have a parent helper or older student cut the items if that is available, or laminate the items and save them in envelopes so that they can be used repeatedly. You could also send the sheets home and have the parent cut the items...they could use it all summer. This can be a great idea because while it is time consuming for a parent, it also gives the parent a greater idea of how to implement and use their own ideas and wording. ***If you are sending this as homework, remember to print double copies of everything that is going home! A home-letter for parents is included. A blank template home letter is also included if you choose to add your own directions to the parent.
***To reduce costs of printing (including color ink), you can also print any of the sheets and place them in plastic sleeve protectors or laminate them and use dry erase markers. You can also project any of the pages onto an interactive white board or display as a pdf on a tablet. The activities are great on an interactive white board as it allows for all students to see the skills modeled by their peers.