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Read and Interpret Instructions

In this worksheet, students read and answer questions on the content and layout of a set of instructions for a game.

'Read and Interpret Instructions' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:  Identify Themes and Conventions

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

When you buy a new game the instructions can often seem very complicated, so it helps if you know how they are set out and what the different headings mean.

 

Here are the instructions for a game called 'Sorry'. Read them and then answer the questions in the worksheet. Remember that you can look back at the introduction as often as you like by clicking the Help button.

 

OBJECT

To be the first player to get all four of your pawns from your colour START to your colour HOME.

EQUIPMENT

SORRY! Game Board, Deck of Cards (no 6's or 9's) and 16 Pawns (4 each of 4 colours).

SETUP

  • Choose four pawns of the same colour. Put all four on that colour's START space.
  • Shuffle the deck. Place face down on "Place Pack Here" to form the Draw pile.
  • Pick a player to go first. Movement is clockwise around the board (unless instructed otherwise!) and play passes to the left.

 

GAME PLAY

  • Sorry is a two player game.
  • Note: If it's your first turn and you do not draw a card that lets you start a pawn out, you forfeit (skip) your turn.
  • On all turns, take the top card on the Draw pile and move accordingly (see "The Cards," right) if you can. Place the card face up on "Discard Here." 

 

To Start a Pawn

To move a pawn from your START out onto the track, you must draw either a 1 or a 2. If it is a 2, do as it says, then draw again and move if possible. You may not start a pawn out with any other cards!

Jumping and Bumping

You may jump over your own or another player's pawn that's in your way, counting it as one space. BUT... if you land on a space that's already occupied by an opponent's pawn, BUMP that pawn back to its own colour START space.

Moving Backwards

4 and 10 cards move you backwards. If you have successfully moved a pawn backwards at least two spaces beyond your own START space, you may, on a subsequent turn, move into your own SAFETY ZONE without moving all the way around the board.

Notes:

  • Two pawns of the same colour may never occupy the same space. If your only possible move would make you land on a space already occupied by another of your own pawns, you forfeit your turn.
  • If at any time you cannot move, you forfeit your turn.
  • But if at any time you can move, you must move, even if it's to your disadvantage.
  • If you run out of cards in the Draw pile, shuffle the Discards and use them.


WINNING

If you get all four of your pawns HOME first, you win! If you play again, the winner goes first.

The instructions are divided up into sections to make them easier to follow.

 

Match up the headings with their descriptions. Hover your mouse over the descriptions to read them in full.

Column A

Column B

Object
how to get ready to start the game
Equipment
the aim of the game
Setup
what you need to play the game
Game Play
the rules of the game

What are the playing pieces called?

cards

pawns

boards

figures

How many people can play the game?

2

4

8

16

Apart from dividing the instructions into different sections, what other features have been included to make the instructions easier to read?

 

Tick three boxes.

Some words are in capital letters.

Some words are in bold print.

Pictures have been included.

Bullet points have been used.

Some words are in italics.

The phrase 'forfeit your turn' is used more than once in the instructions. What do you think it means?

have another go

give up your turn

pick another card

The instructions tell you to 'draw a card'. What does this mean?

draw a picture of the card

take a card from the pack

write down the number of the card

We usually talk about a 'pack' of cards. What other word is used in the instructions instead of 'pack'? Write it in the answer box.

  • Question 1

The instructions are divided up into sections to make them easier to follow.

 

Match up the headings with their descriptions. Hover your mouse over the descriptions to read them in full.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Object
the aim of the game
Equipment
what you need to play the game
Setup
how to get ready to start the gam...
Game Play
the rules of the game
EDDIE SAYS
The instructions to this game are very long, so dividing them into sections helps the players to find the information they need.
  • Question 2

What are the playing pieces called?

CORRECT ANSWER
pawns
EDDIE SAYS
The name 'pawn' is also used in the game of chess.
  • Question 3

How many people can play the game?

CORRECT ANSWER
2
EDDIE SAYS
This information can be found in the Game Play section. It might have been more helpful to put it right at the beginning!
  • Question 4

Apart from dividing the instructions into different sections, what other features have been included to make the instructions easier to read?

 

Tick three boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
Some words are in capital letters.
Some words are in bold print.
Bullet points have been used.
EDDIE SAYS
Bold print and capital letters help words to stand out from the rest of the text. Using bullet points can separate instructions from each other and make them easier to follow. Pictures have not been included but people playing the game would have the board, cards and pawns in front of them and would know what they looked like.
  • Question 5

The phrase 'forfeit your turn' is used more than once in the instructions. What do you think it means?

CORRECT ANSWER
give up your turn
EDDIE SAYS
To forfeit something means to give it up. You can often work out the meaning of new words from their context (the words around them).
  • Question 6

The instructions tell you to 'draw a card'. What does this mean?

CORRECT ANSWER
take a card from the pack
EDDIE SAYS
The verb 'to draw' can also mean to take or pull something out. It is quite an old-fashioned meaning but people still sometimes write about 'drawing a gun and firing'.
  • Question 7

We usually talk about a 'pack' of cards. What other word is used in the instructions instead of 'pack'? Write it in the answer box.

CORRECT ANSWER
deck
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'deck' is usually used to describe part of a ship or boat. It means something flat.
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