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Left, Right, Up, Down:
Grades K-3

Overview: Work on spacial and direction skills with familiar surroundings - their own home.
Teacher Preparation: Have parents draw a quick floor plan of their house. It doesn't need to be to scale, as long as it shows the approximate relationship of the rooms and how they connect.
Procedure Ideas:

  • Have students describe their home, starting with walking in the front door.
  • If they don't know left and right yet, they can motion one way or the other to indicate how to move throughout the house.
  • Putting floor plans on the overhead projector and pointing the way through the house will help other students see where they are in the "tour".
  • Repeat the exercise every month or two, gradually introducing left and right into their vocabulary.
  • Other variations would include descriptions of specific rooms, such as where in their own rooms they have closets, lights, windows, drawers for clothes and boxes for toys.