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Tuesday 8 May 2012

Activity: Rock or Feather?

This is a fun activity that can be done with little to no resources as a teacher in any level classroom, although the older the students, the more depth of the discussion/explanation for decisions.
A simple activity can reveal much about how students view themselves. Students make and defend their choices in this activity, called Rock or Feather?

Are you more like a rock or a feather? summer or winter? the city or the country? Which word in each of those word pairs best describes you, your personality, your dreams?
Students make choices. For example, are they rocks or feathers? They have to choose one -- the one that describes them the best -- and they have to be able to explain why they made the choice.
Students might consider the following pairs:
  • drama or comedy
  • rock band or string quartet
  • clothesline or kite string
  • Big Mac or sirloin steak
  • river or pond
  • bat or ball
This can be done on a work sheet or for even more fun, have students stand and go to one side of the room or another, this way it is clear where they stand and it is a little tougher for them because their actions are right out there and they can't hide it. It is important that everyone chooses one or the other, no "in between"

This opens up discussion... WHY?

They can discuss with students who chose the same reason and see if there are similar ideas etc.

  • give more than 2 options (4 corners)
  • give a statement and have students go to corner "strongly agree, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, strongly disagree" (I have done this with "moral dilemma's") Then they discuss and present and sometimes students chagne their opinions and join a different corner

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