From Little Lemon: Activities for Developing Motivation and Memory Skills by Betsy B. Lee, Learning Abilities Books, http://www.gate.net/~labooks   This lesson plan may be reproduced for classroom use only. All other rights are reserved. (Lesson plan Copyright 1997 Betsy B. Lee) Return to Lesson Plans or Catalog from Learning Abilities Books.

Lesson Plan
Right and Left Directions (Memory Skill Instruction)

This works even for children who don't know letters or who reverse letters.

Materials:

  1. Tell the children:
    1. This is an easy way to learn and to remember which way is left and which is right.
    2. A good way to remember things is think of links. In your mind, link what you need to learn to something you already know.
    3. What you need to learn is which way is left or right. Many of you already know if you need right or left-handed scissors. To be sure you know which scissors you need, I want right-handed children to try to cut with left-handed scissors and left-handed children to try to cut with right-handed scissors.

  2. Pass out a simple design for them to cut. If they become frustrated and want to quit cutting, it is all right to quit. You just want them to experience the need to use the scissors which work best for them.

  3. After this memorable experience, tell them:
    1. Now, let's link what you need to learn to something you already know.
    2. You need to learn which way is left or right.
    3. You already know if you need right-handed or left-handed scissors.
    4. Make the link. You link right or left to your scissors' hand.
    5. For left-handed children, left is your scissors' hand. That side is left. The other side is right.
    6. For right-handed children, right is your scissors' hand. That side is right. The other side is left.

  4. Use sample worksheets to reinforce learning.

  5. During an activity such as “The Hokey-Pokey,” let them hold the word, scissors, in the left hand if they are left-handed or in the right hand if they are right-handed.

  6. During other activities when your students use scissors, you probably already refer to some scissors as left-handed scissors. Refer to the other scissors as right-handed scissors rather than regular scissors.

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