Following Directions with KEVA®

OBJECTIVE: Students will follow directions as they build a variety of towers.

MATERIALS:

  • 20-30 planks per student

PROCEDURE:

  1. This lesson is best done in short 10-minute segments over several days. Older children can do this lesson with the terms parallel and perpendicular, while younger children will need a visual cue and the words “in the same way” and “in the opposite way.” Have each student count out their planks and take them to their work area.

  2. Demonstrate how to build with KEVA planks on the flat side (See Basic Instructions for Building).

    1. Tell the class to lay 2 planks flat, parallel to one another (or going in the same direction).

    2. Next, have them lay 2 more planks flat on the top of the first 2, but these should be perpendicular to the first row (or going in the opposite way).

    3. For the third row, students should lay 2 planks flat so that they are parallel to the first row (or going in the same direction).

    4. Continue in this same pattern until all of the planks are used. (Or you may choose an amount to stop with, such as 20 planks.)

    5. Ask students to gently collapse their structure and return planks to the storage container.

  3. Demonstrate to the class how to build with KEVA planks on edge (see Basic Instructions for Building).

    1. Tell the class to lay 2 planks on edge so that they are parallel to one another (or going in the same direction).

    2. Next have them lay 2 more planks on edge, on top of the first 2. These should be perpendicular to the first row (or going in the opposite way).

    3. For the third row, students should lay 2 planks on edge so that they are parallel to the first row (or going in the same direction).

    4. Continue in the same pattern until all of the planks are used.

    5. Ask students to gently collapse their structure and return planks to the storage container.

    1. This time start with 2 planks flat, parallel to one another.
      a. For row #2, place 2 planks on edge that are perpendicular to the first row. b. Guide the class through several layers, alternating rows laid flat with rows on edge. Then allow them to continue on their own.

    2. For this tower, begin with 2 planks flat, parallel to each other.

      1. Row #2: 2 planks laid flat, perpendicular to row #1

      2. Row #3: 2 planks on edge, perpendicular to row #2

      3. Row #4: 2 planks on edge, perpendicular to row #3

      4. Guide the class through several layers of two flat rows then two edge rows. Then allow them to continue on their own.

    3. If students are able to build on end, you may create more complicated combinations of directions. You may also use a triangle, hexagon or octagon as a base for older students, but more planks will be needed for each student.

     

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