Task 6 – Option 2

For middle primary an activity that explores the idea of sequencing is directions. Beginning with the whole class the teacher would choose a destination, i.e., the whiteboard. The students must then guide the teacher to the whiteboard using directional language (for example, one step left, then two steps right). One student will be chosen as the scribe to write down the classes instructions and sequence. This activity can be repeated 2-3 times. To highlight the importance of sequence, the teacher will choose one previous route and ask the students what will happen if the first two instructions are reversed. Using the student feedback, the teacher will visually demonstrate to the class that an out of order sequence will lead to the wrong destination. Following this, each student will be given a destination card and put into pairs. One at a time, each student uses sequenced directions to lead their partner to the correct destination. This activity could be made a challenge by limiting the number of steps or having the partner guess the end location. Once each student has had a turn, the students return to their desks and in groups discuss the positives and challenges of the experience. Each group will have an opportunity to share their thoughts with the class. From this discussion, the class can determine what is needed for accurate instructions and sequencing.

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