University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Understanding Basic Directions

Understanding Basic Directions

LEADERS Handbook of Early Literacy Strategies and Activities

Time: 10 minutes
Group Style: Whole group or small group
Grade Level: 1-2


Performing the given task indicates basic comprehension.


  • Oak tag or index cards
  • Markers


  1. Prior to the lesson, write one simple, basic direction per index card.
    • Stand Up.
    • Clap your hands three times.
    • Take your card to Mrs. Ray.
  2. The teacher should demonstrate the first card to the class.
  3. Give each child a card.
  4. Each child should read their card aloud and then follow the direction on the card.

Teacher Comments

  • Your students will enjoy this activity.
  • It is a fun activity to do at your morning meeting or during circle time.