Up, Down, Left, or Right?

Up, Down, Left, or Right? lesson plan

Directional words assist students in learning concepts such as opposites. Using terms like up, down, left, and right help children to remember their directions.

  • 1.

    Read stories to children that involve directional terms. Sing songs with them that include directional terms, such as Eensy Weensy Spider and The Hokey Pokey.

  • 2.

    Invite students to create a game that will assist them with directions. Begin the game creation with asking students to put on their Crayola® Art Smocks and cover their work space with recycled newspaper. Provide each student with the plastic screw-on top of a milk or juice container, as well as four different colors of Crayola Washable Tempera Paint and a squirt of liquid dish detergent in each.

  • 3.

    Provide class time for students to paint their personal tokens for the game. Allow to dry overnight.

  • 4.

    To create directional cards, provide each student with four 3" x 5" index cards. Ask students to write one of the following words on each card: up, down, right, left. Students should also include the appropriate arrow pointing in the direction indicated by the word.

  • 5.

    Poster board that has been divided into squares slightly larger than the game tokens should be provided to students as the game board. Students should find each corner square of the game board already has the word "HOME" written in it. The word "START" is in the middle square of the board. Ask students to paint one "HOME" square the same color as their tokens.

  • 6.

    Allow students time to create small pictures in each of the remaining squares to complete their board.

  • 7.

    Time to play! Between 2 and 4 students may play the game at once. The first player places a token on "START", draws a card, and moves one space in the direction indicated. Continue until all players reach the "HOME" that matches their token color.

Standards

  • LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • VA: Students will investigate, plan and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design

Adaptations

  • Between 2 and 4 friends may play. Mix up the cards. The first player places a token on START, draws a card, and moves one space in the direction indicated. Continue until all players reach the home that matches their token color.