Community Level 2 – Familiar

Materials: Small object or piece of candy for each student

How To Play: This is a passing activity that requires the
students to stand in a circle, fairly close to one another. Each student
is given an object like a pencil or a small piece of candy. Tell them
you will be reading them a story about the Wright family, and anytime
they hear the word “right” they will pass their object to their right
and vice versa for the word “left”.

Reflective questions
Begin reading the story to the students. As the story progresses,
students realize how difficult it is to continually pass to their right
and left quickly while receiving an object in their other hand. When you
finish the story, ask some reflective questions such as: “What was fun
about this activity?” “What wasn’t fun about it?” “How could we improve
this activity?” “How did we help each other during the activity?” “What
skills did we have to use in order to do this activity?”

Comprehension questions
After this discussion, ask students some comprehension questions such
as: “Where was the Wright family going?” “Who didn’t go on the vacation
with the family?” “What was left in the driveway?” “Why did Tommy have
to run back home?” “Who got sick in the car?” See how many students can
answer the question. If many of them can’t, ask them why? “Why couldn’t
they remember the details to the story?” Someone might mention that they
were busy passing the object around the circle, so they weren’t
concentrating on the content of the story, just listening for “right”
and “left.”

A reminder about focused learning
After the discussion, you can tell students that it is very difficult to
comprehend a story or conversation when you are doing something else.
“When is it necessary to focus all your attention on just one task and
not two or three?” When reading, it is hard to understand what you read
when you aren’t fully engaged in your task. Our understanding of a
story/book can be affected if we are not totally engaged in it. There
are times when it’s fine to talk, and other times when it doesn’t help
your learning.

In the future, this activity will provide a positive reference for your
reminders that when reading they will need to be focused in order to
comprehend the book/story.

Life with the Wright Family (story for above activity)

One day the Wright family decided to take a vacation. The first thing
they had to decide was who would be left at home since there was not
enough room in the Wright family car for all of them. Mr. Wright decided
that Aunt Linda Wright would be the one left at home. Of course this
made Aunt Linda Wright so mad that she left the house immediately
yelling, “It will be a right cold day before I return.”

The Wright family now bundled up the children, Tommy Wright, Susan
Wright, Timmy Wright and Shelly Wright and got in the car and left.
Unfortunately, as they turned out the driveway someone had left a trash
can in the street so they had to turn right around and stop the car.
They told Tommy Wright to get out of the car and move the trash can so
they could get going. Tommy took so long that they almost left him in
the street. Once the Wright family got on the road, Mother Wright
wondered if she had left the stove on. Father Wright told her not to
worry he had checked the stove and she had not left it on. As they
turned right at the corner, everyone started to think about other things
that they might have left undone.

No need to worry now, they were off on a right fine vacation. When they
arrived at the gas station, Father Wright put gas in the car and then
discovered that he had left his wallet at home. So Timmy Wright ran home
to get the money that was left behind. After Timmy had left, Susan
Wright started to feel sick. She left the car saying that she had to
throw up. This of course got Mother Wright’s attention and she left the
car in a hurry. Shelly Wright wanted to watch Susan get sick, so she
left the car too. Father Wright was left with Tommy Wright who was
playing a game in the backseat.

With all of this going on Father Wright decided that this was not the
right time to take a vacation, so he gathered up all of the family and
left the gas station as quickly as he could. When he arrived home, he
turned left into the driveway and said, “I wish the Wright family had
never left the house today!”

Plan for Success:
If needed, review which is their left hand and which is their right.
Let students know they will not be ending up with the same piece of
candy or object which they had at the start of the game.