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Mystery Map


Found in: listening and following directions; writing across the curriculum

To teach communication skills, I split my classroom in half and create a mystery map. The students in each group choose a place in the school to write directions to for the other group to follow. Each student in the group creates a step in the directions and together we write them on a piece of butcher paper. Throughout the experience, I encourage the students to visualize their directions by closing their eyes.

When the directions are complete, the groups exchange them. Each student is responsible for reading a step and repeating it to the group while the others listen and work together to discover the mystery destination. Afterward, the groups return to the classroom and we discuss how well we followed the directions and where each group ended up. This is a really fun way to work on listening skills.

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