measurement in the assessment of executive function, specifically in regards to
planning abilities. I’ve
adapted this popular cognitive method into an activity that my middle and high school students love! Best of all, engaging in this activity targets planning, thought
organization, problem solving, working memory, and expressive language.
a Tower of London very simply. (If you
are not motivated, use the template provided in my FREE TpT packet.) All the items can be found at most craft
supply stores (I got mine at Michael’s)
You will need:
wooden balls, approximately 1.5” in diameter (the balls need to have a hole
through the center)
green, red, blue
dowel, approximately ¼” in diameter and 24” long
Paint each ball
Cut dowel into three equal lengths
Use a drill to make three holes in the wooden base.
with approximately 4” apart
Glue the dowels into the holes
With marker, number each dowel. Use a pencil to lightly mark dowel #1 as “B”,
#2 as “G” and #3 as “R”. This represents the starting
position of all tasks.
students a challenge illustration. The object
is to orally give directions to achieve the target illustration in the number of
illustration here in
3 steps, the solution is “blue to 2, red to 1, blue to 1”.
the student gives directions, it is advisable to write them down. Afterwards, have the students test their
instructions by physically moving the balls.