Improves sensory skills
"The Blindman and the Guide"
You will need scarves or material to use as blindfolds for half the class. Pair up the students so that one is the
"blindman" and one is the "guide".
ONE: Each pair (blindman and guide) decide on a repetitive sound (beep, beep, or zang, zang, or ding, ding...)
When it is time to start the exercise the guide walks slowly in front of the blindman. S/he must say their code sound that the blindman will follow. If there are several teams the guide must navigate carefully so the blindmen don't run into each other. They must go slowly so the blindmen can hear because there will be other sounds. It is not a competition!
TWO: Practice the "touch code" that the guide will use to guide the blindman from behind.
STRAIGHT AHEAD: Touch just under the neck.
TO THE RIGHT: Touch on the right shoulder.
TO THE LEFT: Touch on the left shoulder.
STOP: Touch in the middle of the back.
The guide is responsible for avoiding running into another person. If this happens the pair that is responsible must sit for a few minutes.
PHONICS, VOCABULARY and IRREGULAR VERBS
(Please refer to the Sample Lesson Plan for the exercises)
Elate, Elevate, Elite, Elope, Elude - Karma, Kettle, Kitten, Kosher, Kumquat
Bitten, Kitten, Mitten, Smitten, Briton - Bite, Fight, Kite, Light, Might, Night, Plight, Right, Tight
HOMONYMS: Trunk-Trunk - Well-Well - Litter-Litter
HOMOPHONES: Peace-Piece - Sun-Son - Hole-Whole
CONJUGATE: To dig, To drink, To think
IMPROVISATIONS / DIALOGUE
For this exercise you will need a suitcase or a large box, a pile of clothes and miscellaneous objects that will be scattered around the floor.
Decide on an emergency announcement.
ONE: Two students settle to sleep, on chairs or on the floor. They are blindfolded. They say good night and so forth and fall asleep. There is an imaginary lamp between them.
TWO: One or two students are radio announcers, and announce an emergency. For example:
"This is an emergency, you must leave your rooms immediately! You have two minutes to get out of your rooms! This is an emergency, you must leave your rooms, this is not a rehearsal....."
THREE: The two sleepers wake up, try the "lamp" and realize there's no electricity. They give each other advice while, on their hands and knees, they hunt for the clothes to put in the suitcase. They must keep speaking so they don't run into each other. The audience is encouraged to help them find their belongings. After a couple of minutes have the radio announcer say, "You have to leave now!"
Stop the exercise as soon as they start to exit (the front of the classroom or stage) to avoid mishaps.
FOUR: Another pair takes their place.
Eleven eloquent and elegant elephants elevated in the elevator.
The zany zebra zipped and zig-zagged to meet Zorro at the zoo.
By Hilaire Belloc
When people call this beast to mind, they marvel more and more
At such a little tail behind, so large a trunk before.
By Kim Barney
Ears are large but so is he; little creatures from him flee.
Earthquake, almost, when he walks; prowess showing when he talks.
He is the largest thing on land, at least that walks, you understand.
Now here's a fact that's sure to please: there is no other with four knees.
by Natalie Anne Merchant
It was six men of Indostan to learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant (though all of them were blind),
That each by observation might satisfy his mind.
The First approached the Elephant, and happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side, at once began to bawl:
"God bless me! but the Elephant is very like a wall!"
The Second, feeling of the tusk, cied, "Ho! what have we here
So very round and smooth and sharp? To me 'tis mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant is very like a spear!"
The Third approached the animal, and happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands, thus boldly up and spake:
"I see," quoth he, "the Elephant is very like a snake!"
The Fourth reached out an eager hand, and felt about the knee.
"What most this wondrous beast is like is mighty plain," quoth he;
"'Tis clear enough the Elephant is very like a tree!"
The Fifth who chanced to touch the ear, said: 'E'en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most; deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant is very like a fan!"
The Sixth no sooner had begun about the beast to grope,
Than, seizing on the swinging tail that fell within his scope,
"I see," quoth he, "the Elephant is very like a rope!"
And so these men of Indostan disputed loud and long,
Each in his opinion exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right, and all were in the wrong!
So oft in theologic wars, the disputants, I ween,
Rail on in utter ignorance of what each other mean,
And prate about an Elephant not one of them has seen!