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Clear instructions are important!

Updated: Aug 25, 2021

This activity is designed to test how well you can write clear instructions.

Below is a video showing a Dad following instructions from his 2 children on how to make a peanut butter and jelly (jam) sandwich. Watch the video to see what happens!

See how important CLEAR instructions are? Now, I want you to write your own instructions on how to do something. It can be cooking something; making or creating something; drawing a picture or making a paper airplane; writing an email; posting on Facebook; taking your dog for a walk; your choice!

Imagine you are writing these instructions for an alien. They have no knowledge of anything on earth or how it works. You will have to describe what the ingredients or tools look like, where to find them, how to use them.

If they need to cut something, what is a knife? What does it look like? Where do they find one? Which end do they use? What is a spoon? What end do they use? What is "mixing" something? How do you "mix" something?

If it's drawing something, what is a pencil? What does it look like? What is it made from? Where can they find one? What is paper? What does it look like? Where can they find it?

Remember, they know NOTHING!

I will be testing out your instructions and posting a video of me following them to test how CLEAR they are.

Good Luck!

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