Worksheets that will test how carefully primary, elementary, middle school, and high school students read directions.

Students often do not follow directions or even read them for that matter. This reminds me of a teacher I worked with back several years. She was so fed up with students not reading directions that she decided to make a power move that will last with those students forever and probably till this day still sits with them. What she did is give a test that was a significant portion of their grade. In the second line of the directions she wrote that if you only wrote your name and the date and handed in the tests immediately, you would be given a one hundred percent. Guess how many students got a one hundred? None of them, but they will remember that forever. Follow directions to the letter often helps us be more efficient and make certain things are done properly. This is a skill that many people just don't take the time to realize is a huge issue for the current generation of students. Every notice how even video games don't come with instructions anymore? When toy companies realize that instructions are not what there customers value, it confirms it as more factual.

The answers to almost all of these worksheets are simple and not time consuming at all. We recommend that you visit these worksheets many times throughout the course of the school year. It will truly help your students grow not only as students, but as responsible citizens. The worksheets that are featured here will encourage students to be more diligent when they are reading directions and pace themselves to follow them as indicated. We break the level of tasks down by grade level this is due to the expected skills required to accurately gauge the skills of the students. I won’t recommend jumping up in level too much as the reading and writing skills that are required are much different.

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Following Directions Worksheets

Click the buttons to be transported to all the pages for that grade level. They are ordered by school year.

Primary Level

For the younger students. In most cases we target non-readers, but there are plenty of sheets for readers as well. Students should be to understand the concept of directions and start to make their way on to following them.

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Elementary Level

Students should have a good handle on reading and be able to follow directions independently. Basic math fact skills are necessary for some of the sheets found at the bottom of that topics page.

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Middle School

Middle level students are the most notorious non-direction reading age level. I would hammer them with these sheets throughout the school year. We had a teacher tells us that they add one of these to all their major tests throughout the school year.

High School Worksheets

I like to leave one of these with my substitute teachers, every single time I am out. I like to make it extra credit through the school year too.