Lesson 21 — Activity 1: Sites within a Town
Have you ever asked someone for directions somewhere, but when you try to follow their instructions, you end up somewhere else? Not a fun experience!
When you are asked for directions, there are two very important things to keep in mind. First, the directions you give must make sense. Second, they must be accurate.
In this activity, you will learn how to give directions to specific sites within a town.
Think about This:
It's very important to be able to follow directions, especially directions for travelling to a location. You may not always have access to a GPS device or another app for finding locations.
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Look at the town map below.
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Imagine someone is asking you directions on how to get to the grocery store from the church. You could say:
"Go east on 1st Avenue, turn right onto 5th Street, turn left onto 2nd Avenue, then turn right onto 6th Street, then turn left onto 3rd Avenue, finally turn right onto 7th Street and go two blocks. The grocery store is right there."
These directions do get you to the grocery store. But do they make sense? Of course not! They are so hard to follow that the person asking you would thank you for the help and go find somebody else to ask.
Wouldn't it have been much easier to say:
"Go east on 1st Avenue until you get to 6th Street. Turn right onto 6th Street. Turn left on 4th Avenue, and the grocery store is two blocks ahead on your right."
These directions also get you to the grocery store, and they make sense. They are easy to follow, and they are accurate. If you were the one asking for directions, this type of short and precise answer is probably what you would like to hear.