Use this video to show give your visual learners an example.

  • Concept being Used:   Directional (Forward, Backward and Sideward) movements
  • Prerequisites: Prior learning of Directional movements, counting to at least 12.
  • Materials needed: 12 Control Cones; large foam dice.

Have students place a traffic cone upright on the floor in own spaces around the general space. Prompt them to keep cones away from wall and center (meeting circle) area. To begin the activity, review the different directions (Forward, Backward and Sideways) they can move; while walking, jog/running, hoping, skipping, sliding, traveling on bottom, etc.). Explain that you will be rolling the die you have in your hand. They will all call out the number together, and then they can go and travel using the direction that is determined, to move to that number (the number of the dice) of cones. They should touch the top of each cone they come to; when they are done, they then perform the movement back to the center circle. Change the direction you call out. You can also have students roll the die. Encourage the students to find many ways of traveling using the different directions.

Alternate Tasks:

  • Allow the students to choose the direction they will use to travel to the cones.
  • Have the students choose a different direction to use each time they go to another cone.
  • Have the students in small groups, (groups of six using flag colors) each with their own dice.  These groups can decide together which direction they will use while traveling each time to the cones.  In this case the students can use the control cones as a class, even though they will be doing the activity as a group of six.

Assessment Ideas:

  • As the children travel, watch to see they are using the correct direction.
  • When they task allows the children to choose the direction, ask them to tell you what direction they are traveling in, as they travel.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

  • Have students move in a way they find easiest to that number of cones.