Can you follow directions?

This week’s story for the first graders is about following directions.

 A farmer, Mr. Gumpy, has a boat on which a whole menagerie asks to ride. He gives each rider specific directions so as not to rock the boat, but they disregard the directions and eventually all fall overboard. 

Mr. Gumpy is very calm about everything and they all go back to his house for tea. Sure turns out well for what could be a tragedy. My goal is to encourage the kids to follow the directions of adults. 

I made stick puppets of the various characters so the first graders can participate in the story. 



2 responses to “Can you follow directions?

  1. Good teacher you are!

  2. I’d probably be the one saying, “don’t rock the boat,” unlike my rebellious ancestors.

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