-I opened by asking the students questions about listening/following directions: Who do you listen to? Teachers, friends, family, etc. Ask students why do we listen? What could happen if we don't listen when someone is giving directions? (Be prepared for a variety of responses).-I made a "direction scramble" activity using the Promethan board where students had to rearrange directions to a task in the correct order (shows how to give and follow directions). I had several direction scenarios for students to put in order.
|Why follow directions?|
|Screenshot of direction scramble.|
-After the direction scramble game, I showed them the animated book Howard B. Wigglebottoms Learns to Listen.
-After the video we discussed what happened to Howard when he didn't listen and when he listened. Discuss what happened to Howard when he did listen (there's an interactive quiz on the website that I also used with the students).
-I then told the class that they get to practice listening and following directions in a fun and exciting way!
-I told everyone to stand up, move to the open space in the classroom and make sure they have enough space to move. I played the line dance song the Cha-Cha Slide, which gives directions to follow (the students LOVE dancing, even if they can't keep the rhythm, it's so fun!) I used a Youtube version that has the words (directions) so the class can see and follow along. I like to do the dances with them, that also shows that the counselor listens and follows directions too!
|Cha Cha slide time!|
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