DONKEY- ELECTION VOCABULARY

 

Topic:  Election Vocabulary
CLI Strategy: Donkey
Subject:  Social Studies 
Grade: Elementary

Students will be able to: Use and self-define vocabulary related to elections and voting

Procedure

  • Players stand in a circle with the leader in the center.
  • The leader points to a player and calls out a figure. That player, plus the two players on either side of him or her, rushes to make the shape of that figure before the leader counts three.
    • For example, if the leader calls “Elephant one-two-three,” the player pointed to makes a long trunk with one arm, while the people on either side each form an ear in a “C” shape.
  • If any of the three people fail to get into position by the time the leader counts to three, that player sits down until another player misses then they can rejoin the game.
  • Teach a few basic positions/shapes such as Elephant, Toaster and Palm tree so players understand the concept.
  • Besides shapes, the center player can also point to a player and call “Donkey one‐two‐three”, then the player says ‘Hee-Haw’. If the leader calls ‘Donut’ that simply means to freeze in place making an O shape with their mouth.
  • Once the basic game is understood by all players announce you will be adding shapes/poses  the players will create. Have the players create a three person shape to represent the vocabulary word.
    • Create Poses for: Elect, Appoint, Majority rule, Governor, Legislature and Ballot
  • Once students create the three person image, be sure to carefully reflect on each image.
    • Describe (What do you see?)
    • Analyze (What could that mean?)
    • Relate (How does this image relate to the vocabulary word?)
  • Play the game adding in the new poses/shapes by having each group teach the pose/shape for their vocabulary word to the entire group.

Scaffolding for Success

  • Ensure players understand the game before having them create poses
  • Provide a definition for each vocabulary word
  • Teach and add in poses/shapes one at a time

 

 

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Donkey: How-To

Basic Instructions

  • Players stand in a circle with the leader in the center.
  • The leader points to a player and calls out a figure. That player, plus the two players on either side of him or her, rushes to make the shape of that figure before the leader counts three.
  • For example, if the leader calls “Elephant one-two-three,” the player pointed to makes a long trunk with one arm, while the people on either side each form an ear in a “C” shape.
  • If any of the three people fail to get into position by the time the leader counts to three, that player switches places with the leader and calls the next shape.
  • Besides shapes, the center player can also point to a player and call “Donkey one‐two‐three”, which simply means to freeze in place. If the player pointed to moves when “Donkey” is called, they switch places with the center player.
  • Create Your Own Shapes: Use vocabulary from the curriculum and have the students create a three-person shape to represent the vocabulary word. Once students create the three-person image, be sure to carefully reflect on each image.
  • Possible shapes and call and responses include:
    • Palm Tree: The center player throws their arms up in the air and sways back and forth while the players on either side turn inwards and repeat that same motion.
    • Toaster: The player pointed to jumps up and down in place (the bread), while other players hold hands across his/her front and back to make the toaster.
    • Bippity, Bippity, Bop: When the caller says “Bippity, bippity bop” the player pointed to must say “Bop” before the caller does. If caller just says “Bop” the player must say nothing.

Possible Reflection Questions – After students create their own shapes based on content:

  • Describe (What do you see?)
  • Analyze (What could that mean?)
  • Relate (How does this image relate to the vocabulary word or big idea?)

Scaffolding Tips for Success: When Creating New Shapes:                                                 What do we remember/know about _____________? So what would you say are the three most important things to know or will help us to remember that vocabulary word? How could we use our bodies to represent those qualities?

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