Community Level 3 – Comfortable
How to Play: One person begins the game by going into the middle
of the circle and miming an action. The next person in the circle comes
into the middle and asks the first person, “(Name), what are you
doing?” The first person says an action, but not the one she is doing.
The person who asked the question then has to do that action. This
continues around the circle. Reminder for students: action should be
appropriate and not embarrassing.
EXAMPLES OF PANTOMIMED ACTIONS: Hitting a golf ball, brushing teeth (and
gargling!) peeling a banana, washing hands, replacing a light bulb,
talking on the phone, shopping for a new garment, etc.
Plan for Success:
Start by brainstorming appropriate actions and modeling and practicing
some of them. Remind students: Actions must be appropriate for school.
Inappropriate actions will end the privilege of playing the game.
This, like many theater-type activities is a game to play at the point
when students feel more comfortable with one another. It increases
social skill, creativity, and quick thinking. In debriefing this
activity, ask students how it felt to be in the middle. Some may say
they were nervous, excited, scared, happy. If you noticed students
being empathetic towards each other, acknowledge them.
Actions do not have to be performed in the center of the circle if group
is new or particularly self-conscious. Players can stay in the circle
as they take on the action named by the person next to them.
Leader keeps the groups actions more focused by using topics that relate to academic areas of study.
Topic examples: Events within a current novel, jobs associated with a science topic, historical events, etc.
For example, if the topic is the novel Moby Dick, the first person
pretends to raise a sail, but when asked, “What are you doing?” he
replies, “I’m searching the horizon for a whale.” The second person
then pretends to search the horizon, but when asked, “What are you
doing?” she replies, “I’m battening down the hatches.” The play
continues with players donning different events and characters in the
Verb/action words study:
This is a great way to introduce action words to students. After playing
the game, ask students what they noticed about the things people were
doing in the circle. Students may start to list what they saw people
doing: washing dishes, jumping rope, bouncing a ball, etc. As they share
their answers, you can chart them on paper or the chalkboard until you
have at least 10 items listed and identify them as verbs.