Purpose: ensemble skills, nonverbal communication, problem solving, visual thinking, conceptual thinking/processing of concepts or ideas
Materials/Playing Space: open space with room for small groups of 5-6 in each group to have their own space
Description: Split class into small groups–about 5 or 6 students in each group. The game facilitator will name an object. This could be anything, big or small: pepperoni pizza, water fountain, paperclip, cruise ship, etc. WITHOUT TALKING, each small group will have to create the shape of the object given by the facilitator. The entire group must make the shape of the object together, i.e. one pepperoni pizza using 5 students, and not 5 individual pizzas.
In addition, the facilitator will only give students 10 seconds (counting down) to create the object. A facilitator may choose to lengthen or shorten this countdown based on the class and the degree of difficulty for each object.
Start with objects that are static, and then add objects which might move.
Encourage groups to share leadership and take ideas from each other.
There is not a “wrong” way to play this game–not every group’s answer is going to look exactly the same.
Ask students to create systems or cycles: circulatory system, water cycle, parts of a plant cell, a chain of DNA, etc.
Reinforce scenes from a text by asking students to show a moment from the beginning/middle/end of a story.
Incorporate moments in history, historical figures, or objects from other cultures.