Students will look at an everyday object and think about another name for it, then demonstrate its use. This activity encourages students to think of the world in a imaginative way and use everyday objects as dramatic jump off points.
- an everyday object that can be passed around easily, anything will do
- Gather students in a circle.
- Explain to students that every time they receive the object that they are to hold it up, tell the class its new name, and demonstrate how it can be used.
- Give students a minute to think about what they can say and do.
- Hold up the object (eg: a toilet paper roll), reveal its new name (eg: a telescope), demonstrate how it can be used (eg: hold it up to your eye and look through it), then pass the toilet paper roll to the person beside you.
- Continue until everyone has had a turn.
- Extension: In addition to acting out the object’s new use add a short statement. (eg: hold “telescope” to your eye, scan the class and state in a pirate voice, “Ahoy Matey! Looks like hurricanes, sharks and icebergs ahead!” I’m sure you can think of something better!!)