Community Level 1 – Acquainted

Materials: An object to pass (stuffed animal – bee, beanie baby, etc)

How to Play: Students pass the object around in rhythm as they
repeat the chant. The second time around the circle, students silently
make one pass before resuming the chant. Each time through the chant,
the students add one more silent pass. The student who ends with the
bee after each session is out and starts an inside circle with the same
pattern and a second object to pass.

Chant:
“Every bee that ever was, was partly sting and partly buzz.
Every bee that ever was, was partly sting and partly (silent for one pass) buzz.
Every bee that ever was, was partly sting and partly (silent for two passes) buzz.”

Plan for Success: Try a practice round to get the rhythm of the passes and the extra silent passes in succession.

Variations: As students begin to get the rhythm of
the game, the inside and outside circle people who get out can rejoin
the other circle. For example, if a student gets out in the inside
circle, she jumps back in to the outside circle and has to figure out
what silent number the group is on. It works for the outside person to
go to the inside circle as well. This variation keeps the game moving
quickly, so try it after many successful experiences with the simpler
version in which players do not leave the inside circle even when “buzz”
lands on them.

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