Reading Directions Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

This lesson plan teaches students the important reading skill of following directions. Students will read a text lesson that gives them key vocabulary and tools and then create their own set of directions for classmates to follow.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the importance of reading directions
  • describe strategies to use to follow directions accurately
  • apply direction-following strategies in cooperative groups
  • create a set of directions for classmates to follow


1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3

Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.3

Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.


Key Vocabulary

  • Following directions
  • Active reading strategies
  • Previewing
  • Skimming
  • Text features
  • Key words/phrases
  • Tools
  • Location words
  • Negative words
  • Descriptive words

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Before class, create a document to share or display as follows:
  1. Write the names of all students in your group
  2. Circle all vowels
  3. Underline all consonants
  4. Count and total the number of vowels and consonants
  5. Subtract consonant number from vowel number
  6. Add 100 to this number
  7. What is your answer?

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