Lego Instruction Guide [Contest Example]shared by lamalone on October 10, 2017
Students create an instruction guide to practice visual and/or oral communication.
Team Name(s): Lauren Malone; Derek Hanson
Concept(s) Practiced: Visual communication; Oral communication
Assignment Type: Group activitiy
- Six (6) Tupperware containers
- Extra cameras (for groups w/o smartphones)
Directions (Designed for T/Th 80 min. classes. Adjust to your own class timeframe.)
Prior to Class:
- Separate Legos into six (6) Tupperware buckets.
- Write one group name on each notecard
- Place notecard in the bottom of the bucket
- Make sure these stay with the designated bucket!
- Reserve extra cameras in case students do not all have phones
During Tuesday Class:
- Break students into groups of four (4).
- Explain the task: You must build something using all of your Legos, and design an instruction guide for your creation. You may use as many pictures & symbols as you want, but NO TEXT.
- Students will have ten (10) minutes to brainstorm/play. Decide in that time what your team will build.
- Designate roles – Builder(s), Photographer(s), Designer(s), Timekeeper(s)
- Make sure that once you start actually building your creation, that the Photographer(s) is taking pictures as you go. You don’t want to start from scratch.
- You have the next thirty (30) minutes to build your creation and take pictures for your instruction guide.
- You have the final twenty (20) minutes to customize your instruction guide. Finish for homework and submit on [Your class management system/forum/email].
- I create a folder in Google Docs, and give the Designer from each group access. That way they can upload their own, and access it on Day Two.
- Hand out the Lego buckets & start.
- Make sure to keep track of time!
- Collect Lego buckets with
During Thursday Class
- If you have not already, make sure the teams have access to each other’s instruction guides.
- Hand out the Lego buckets again. This time, each team gets another team’s bucket, and will be looking at that team’s instruction guide.
- Give them fifteen (15) minutes to build the other team’s creation.
- Discuss as a class what aided/hindered your understanding of this piece of visual communication
- Discuss rhetorical design choices.
- Instead of having the students use the guide themselves, you can have one member from each group rotate, and give verbal directions based on the guide.
- To do this, have the rotating instructor take their team’s bucket of Legos and instruction guide with them when they move.