Those short lines drive my daughter crazy too; sometimes she writes so small to fit it on the line the teacher must need a magnifying glass to read it.
My 6yo daughter is very literal and wants to do everything her way. At the beginning of the year she brought home a graded worksheet from school - a test. One section said 'Draw a circle around the bus'. She drew a three-dimensional circle around the bus with dotted lines to show the portion of the circle behind the bus. She was very upset when the teacher said it was not correct because the circle must go around the bus from top to bottom. Another section of the worksheet said 'Draw a line under the bus'. My daughter also got that one wrong because she drew a vertical line under the bus instead of a horizontal line. She cried...'it didn't say underline the bus!' I actually agree with my daughter and think her answers s/h/b marked as correct!
Originally Posted by luv my 2 sweeties
Many of them were like this: "What country is south of Egypt?" He was confused because there were *many* countries that were south of Egypt! I totally validated his logic and told him he was 100% correct. Then I explained that they probably meant what country is *immediately* south of Egypt. Amazing that no grown ups caught that.
Not a worksheet but a similar situation...My son, age 6, came home recently confused because his teacher talked about a country 'under' the United States. He couldn't figure out how a country c/b under another country. She meant 'South of'.