Procedural Thinking


Procedural Thinking (3rd-8th)

Students will experience procedural thinking by testing their ability to both give and follow directions. Each student will draw an image and write how-to instructions for drawing the picture. Students will then be challenged to use only written directions to replicate an unseen picture. The lesson concludes with students critiquing their instructions, and reflecting on their own work. Recommended for groups of three or more students.


Lesson Overview

Students will:

  • Brainstorm why and how we use procedures in the real world
  • Practice giving and receiving instructions to recreate images
  • Reflect on what makes instructions more or less effective
  • Direct instructor to assemble a physical object by developing a detailed procedure

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Write a procedure (using written steps and/or drawings) that will be replicated (and then follow a procedure to replicate an object)
  • Critique their own procedures to identify what makes for good vs. poor instructions 

This lesson is aligned with these Next Generation Science (NGS) Standards.

Standards Covered

Science & Engineering Practice (SEP) 

Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

  • (3rd – 5th) Communicate scientific and/or technical information orally and/or in written formats, including various forms of media, as well as tables, diagrams, and charts.
  • (6th – 8th) Communicate scientific and/or technical information (e.g., about a proposed object, tool, process, system) in writing and/or through oral presentations.
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