With each assignment, the student starts with a thorough reading of the task.

The teacher only coaches when the pupil fails to do this by himself.





The pupil makes sure he gets a helicopter view of the assignment. The teacher may demonstrate this step when discussing the assignments. The teacher may point out the presence of figures, but only when the pupil clearly fails to notice them.. 



The student studies the task and reads everything about it. He or she reads thoroughly the whole text and looks carefully to all images, including diagrams or other visual information.




All information is of importance for tracking down the goal of the assignment which, in turn, is essential for being able to do the assignment successfully. When you are well aware of your task, it becomes easier (and quicker) to perform.




The pupil looks at the complete assignment and reads by exploring the full text thoroughly and studying all figures, including diagrams and other visual information.




Word problems are a good example of assignments where the pupil has to read everything well to extract the right information and to find out what the question actually is. There are several websites available with free materials of attractive tasks. For instance the website Math Word Problems from Education.com, which provides tasks for all grades in primary education.