Lesson Plan

Following Directions

Knowing what to do is half the battle of any task. This lesson teaches kids about following directions. After playing Simon Says and completing some fun worksheets, your students will certainly become better at understanding instructions.
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In this engaging reading and writing lesson plan all about following directions, young learners will be challenged to listen closely, read carefully, and remain focused throughout different activities. First, children will learn the importance of listening and following directions by playing several rounds of the game Simon Says. Then learners will get to practice following directions in nonfiction texts as they complete a word puzzle, following steps in order to arrive at the correct answer. This lesson builds important life skills in first graders that can be applied at home, in school, and everywhere in between!

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to follow instructions by utilizing their listening comprehension skills.


(5 minutes)
Simon Says TasksFollowing Instructions (1)Following Instructions (2)Listening Skills Quiz
  • Tell students that directions are steps given to complete a job. Sometimes directions are written and sometimes they are spoken. It is important to follow directions exactly as they are given in order to do work properly. Following directions can be very difficult, or even impossible, if the person receiving directions doesn't listen or isn't focused.