A Trip to the Store
Giving directions is an important skill.
You might be asked to direct someone to a store or your home sometime. Can you do it? Here are a couple of fun exercises to test your thinking.
Discuss: Pick a location, like a store that you travel to, which is at least a couple miles from your home. Describe how to get there to everyone else at the table.
Challenge: If you were traveling straight ahead out of your driveway, be the first to say how many 90 degree turns you would have to make to get into the store’s parking lot. Lowest correct number wins. Include any exit ramps as turns. GO!
Discuss: Try coming up with the directions to a few more close locations, like how to get to your school or church. Move on to even longer sets of directions, like how to get to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, whether they live in the same town as you, a neighboring one, or far away.
Discuss: Do you seem to have a natural sense of direction? For instance, can you tell instinctively which way is north? Do you rely mostly on the names of streets to get somewhere or do you rely more on visual landmarks, like buildings and trees?
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