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        Following Directions - Ndakinna Wilderness Project

        Students create a diagram with captions and a drawing to communicate information about camouflaging.

        Lesson Summary


        Students watch a video segment, take notes and follow directions to create both a diagram with captions and a drawing that communicates information about camouflaging. 

        Why is this an important concept?

        Learners critically analyze texts by identifying which details are important to note. Note taking allows learners to focus, organize and clarify their thinking and understanding of texts. 

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        The Lesson

        Part I: Learning Activity

        1.  Before beginning this activity, make copies of and distribute the Storyboard handout and the Following Directions Checklist handout. Also distribute paper for drawings. Ask students to take out blank sheets of paper for note taking and crayons, markers or colored pencils.

        2. Explain to the class that they are going to watch a video about observing nature. In this segment, students learn how to camouflage themselves so they can observe wildlife without being detected. When viewing the segment, ask your class to take notes on the sequence of steps and materials students used to camouflage themselves.

        3. After viewing the video, allow time for students to share their notes with peers and make changes where necessary.

        For students who need additional guidance in completing the chart:

        • Rather than viewing the entire video, pause the video periodically and discuss what steps students took to camouflage themselves. Write those steps on the board. Suggested places to pause the video:
          • The group is using mud to cover themselves.
          • The guide is talking about the importance of using ash to cover up shine.
          • Mud and clay are explained.
          • The group just demonstrated using leaves to blend in with the background and discussed why it is important.
        • After viewing the entire video, review the steps written on the board. Next, read the directions on the Following Directions Checklist handout. Guide students as they begin to transfer information from their notes to a diagram on the storyboard handout. Provide students with time to complete the storyboard handout and to create their drawings.

        Part II: Assessment

        1. Review the Following Directions rubric with the class. Students will use their notes and the Following Directions Checklist handout to construct a diagram on the Storyboard handout. They draw and label the sequence of steps and materials that students in the video used to camouflage themselves. Last, continuing to follow the directions on the Following Directions Checklist handout, students create a drawing of a person who is camouflaged in the wilderness.

        2. Students share their drawings with their peers in small groups and try to find the person camouflaged in each one. These drawings may also be posted on a bulletin board to be viewed by students.


        The diagram created on the Storyboard handout and students' drawings can be added to portfolios to demonstrate mastery of following directions and labeling diagrams to convey information.


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