Applicable ASCA Standards:
A: A1.5 – Identify attitudes and behaviors that lead to successful learning
A: A2.2 – Demonstrate how effort and persistence positively affect learning
(American School Counselor Association [ASCA], 2004).
Step One: (3 minutes) Begin this lesson by reviewing whole body listening skills and how listening skills help our brain learn and grow. Ask the class if they are ready to put their listening skills to the test by following directions. Play a short round of “Simon Says.”
Step Two: (15 minutes) Share with the class that sometimes directions are easy and sometimes directions are hard to follow. Ask the students what skills help them follow directions. On the side of the white board, write down the skills the class comes up with. The students will then watch a YouTube video where Goofy talks about following directions. Inform the students to pay close attention because you will be pausing the video every once in a while to ask them questions.
-At 52 seconds into the video Goofy says, “Everybody needs directions.” Ask the class, “Who needs directions?” Have them repeat, “Everybody!”
-Pause the video at 1:54 and ask the class what the three main kinds of
directions are. Write visual, spoken and
written on the white board.
-Pause the video at 4:22 and ask the class what skills they can use to help them with spoken directions. From the video the skills stated are: listen, concentrate, write them down, repeat them to yourself, eye contact, wait until you hear ALL instructions before asking questions. Ask the class if there is anything they would like to add to the list that helps them with spoken instructions.
-Pause the video at 4:57 and ask the class what skills they can use to help them with written directions. From the video the skills stated are: repeat the directions out loud, read slowly, watch for words like ‘before’, ‘after’ and ‘instead of.’
-Watch the rest of the video.
- After the video, you can say, “Oh no, Goofy did not tell us what skills will help us with visual directions!” “Someone give me a skill that helps you with visual directions.” Have the students brainstorm additional skills that will help with visual directions.
-Add in some things that you think are important with following all types of directions: being in a calm state of mind, keep trying even if it is hard, it’s okay to ask for help.
(Helpful hint: keep a list of these skills with you as a reference).
(Helpful hint: you can choose a mindfulness activity that best suits the class and what helps them to feel calm and relaxed).
Step Four: (11 minutes) The
students will now do an activity where they are challenged to follow three
types of directions. Hand out color
pencils and a worksheet to each student with an outlined picture of Goofy with
skills for following directions surrounding him.
Written Directions: On the top of the paper have written directions that state, “1. Circle 3 skills that help you the most while following directions. 2. Color Goofy’s hat green. 3. Color Goofy’s tongue red.” Following these written directions is the first task of the activity. Allow the students a few minutes to complete this part.
Visual Directions: Inform the students that they will now be following visual directions. The students will watch as you step by step show them how to fold their piece of paper into the shape of an envelope.
(Helpful hint: it is up to your discretion on how you fold the paper. Base the folding design on the skill levels of the classroom. Use an AVerVision for the visual directions).
Spoken Directions: Tell the class that before they come up to get a sticker to close their envelope, they need to write “… at following directions” on the bottom part of their envelope. See if the students notice your use of the word ‘before’. If not, point it out to the class. Once they have that written, they can come up and get their sticker that says “I rock”. Have each student read what their envelop says after they put the sticker on; “I rock at following directions!” As each student gets their sticker, praise them at how great they did at using their following directions skills during today’s lesson.
-Internet access and viewing screen for the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HHMT4M82_g
-Following directions worksheet
-Color pencils (at least a red and green for each student)