Everyone enters into a large circle. Instructor gets up and states the directions. In this game there are two participants, the leader and the seeker. The seeker is chosen first and their job is to figure out who is the leader. After the seeker is selected they leave the room and the leader is selected. They are the one who leads the group through various motions, and the entire group must follow. Once the seeker hears clapping, it is their cue to come into back the circle. The leader performs a series of actions that are followed by the group. The seeker gets 3 chances to figure out who the leader is. If the seeker is correct they get to choose the next seeker, but if their wrong, the leader chooses another seeker.
What is the Objective?
To have student kinetically warm up, to encourage following directions, creating group dynamic by listening, and observing and responding to each other.
ULLG: Cultural understanding and effective communication
CCSS: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Why is This Important?
When creating a classroom environment it is important that students are able to respond and interact with each other and their instructor through attention, careful listening, and non-verbal communication.
This activity is a part of the Diversity in the Making workshop as part of the Beyond Insights workshop series. This workshop seeks to offer all students participating a chance to understand the uniqueness of their own and others’ Diversity. Students engage in an assortment of creative, collaborative projects, ranging across a variety of media to surface their commonly shared struggles, languages and cultural assets.
The workshop’s guiding question is:
How do we come to create together a classroom and a school climate where all of us matter and are valued equally?
This activity was created and run as a part of the Beyond Insights workshop series. The series, done in partnership with the Creative Exploratory at Michigan State University, brings 100 Lansing 6th graders to MSU’s campus one day a week for five weeks to encourage students to explore creativity, innovation, arts, and culture. The experience also encourages students to interact with the local university community and consider college as an option after high school. Students work with MSU Faculty, Creative Exploratory Fellows, the MSU Writing Center, and the MSU Center for Language Teaching Advancement in order to build a holistic understanding of creativity through design and communication, storytelling in writing and video, culture and identity, and digital media. All of the activities were created and run by preservice teachers and MSU faculty with the input of the students’ classroom teachers. More information about the workshop can be found at the link below.