Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Literacy activity, build a puzzle with instructions

Many people need to read instructions to do a particular job, to fill out an application, to build a toy for their child, etc.

Following instructions is a different type of reading than reading a story, a novel, a biography, the newspaper, etc. It requires people to think about what they are doing and to also probably follow a certain order or procedure.

One way to help your student(s) become accustomed to this type of reading is through actually building something that has written instructions to follow.

Something that you can do with them is to have them build a 3d puzzle. Not all 3d puzzles come with written instructions, so do check it out first to see if it would be an appropriate choice for your student's goals.

An example would be either this Trail Bike or Motorbike Kit. They have real nuts and bolts, so adults would probably enjoy making it. These kits also come with the needed tools.

They include both written instructions and illustrations.

If your student isn't into metal and gears, they may enjoy working with paper.

Origami can be a fun craft to get in to; this kit explains and illustrates various folding techniques.

It is a good starter book for origami and has a concise way of giving instructions. The terms are also used repetitively which helps with learning and retention.

These are just a couple of examples. Find out what type of 3d puzzle your student might be interested in building. Do your research and make sure the selected item includes written instructions to follow. Then let the fun of learning and reading for a designated purpose begin.

Cheryl Paton