Knowledge about directional or positional words enhances a child’s ability to give & follow directions. We provide a list of words & FREE worksheets.
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Directional and positional words are integral to sharing experiences and interactions with the immediate environment or places visited with peers. Early Stage 1 students should be familiar with basic positional/directional words as stated in Patterns of Place and Location Environments Outcomes and Indicators in the HSIE K-6 Syllabus, "uses everyday vocabulary associated with understanding location, position and place, e.g up, down, over, under, near, far."
The activity sheets provided by this link allow teachers to have a bank of words that act as prompts when teaching this aspect of the unit of work. The class can build their own word bank initially and the teacher can gauge understanding of the class' knowledge of the words. The teacher can then guide the class by revealing other common directional words giving examples of how they are used, perhaps using Google Maps to show direction from one place to another or position in relation to other things. The use of these positional and directional words also covers outcomes from the Mathematics K-6 Syllabus - Position SGES1.3, uses everyday language to describe position and give and follow simple directions
A possible activity or assessment that can be performed individually at first and then reported in pairs is for the students to pick 2 favourite places within the school grounds, locate them on the map (perhaps using the scribble maps print out that was done in class) draw a path and then write down directions or a few of the directional words and then report back to their partner. The teacher can then collect the maps and see the path the student has drawn and the associated directional/positional words to assess their understanding of the words and their correct use. The teacher will also have to listen to the students give their directions and choose a few students to present to the class - this should increase motivation and hopefully student engagement by listening to their peers. It also provides differentiation of the lesson to provide for the more advanced students.
The words can then be put up on to the classroom wall for future reference. Students can decorate the printed words so they feel like they contributed to the display, that it is their own, therefore more likely to refer to it.