As a sub, it's always wise to have a few lessons on hand prior to
entering a classroom. True, a lesson is supposedly left for you to use by
the teacher, but sometimes ... you need a filler or a replacement. Here's
one that will come in handy sooner or later. It works best for grades 5-10
but can be used in grades 3-12.
It was a dark and stormy night ...
55 minutes: If
the desks are not already lined up in rows, direct the kids to quickly
push their desks into rows. Tell the kids to get out some paper and a
pencil. Direct your students to write their name at the top of their
paper. Then, write down the following - It was a dark and stormy night in
(subject) when suddenly ....
Tell the kids they each have 1
minute to continue this story. When time is up, they are to hand their
story to the person behind them who will have 1 minute to continue the
story. (The last person in the row brings their story to the first person
in the row each round.) Continue this until all stories end up in their
original place. Authors will then have 2 minutes to quickly read what is
there and finish the story. Sound the clock, and go.
When this activity is finished,
ask if anyone would like to share "their" story with the class.
If nobody volunteers, pick somebody. The stories are hysterical.
Adjusting for a shorter
period of time: If you only have 10-15 minutes,
adjust like this. Do not rearrange the desks. Do not tell them to write
their names at the top. They don't need them. Tell
the kids to get out some paper and a pencil. Direct your students to write
down the following - It was a dark and stormy night in (subject) when
Tell the kids they have 1
minute to start this story. Then, they are to quickly hand their paper off
and get one from someone else. You will help grab and
distribute. Speed counts. You're on the clock. The next person has 1
minute. The last person finishes the story. This is a slightly different
approach, but it works as well.
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