Web of Life
Team work, collaboration, develop awareness of the importance supporting webs
- Students stand in a circle.
- The Teaching Artist starts by saying, “I am the sun,” and throwing a ball of yarn to a student, without letting go of the end.
- The student that catches the ball must name something that depends on the sun to live (e.g a tree) by saying, “I am a _________.”
- They throw the cord to another student without letting go, who must name something that is either dependent on or connected to the previous life form.
- Whoever catches the yarn continues to build the web of life until everyone has answered.
- Once the web is established, the teacher places a beach ball or other soft object in the center of the web. The students are then asked to move the object around without letting it fall, by moving their yarn around.
- Reflection: The whole group reflects on the key elements of a web as a system of support. The TA can close by posing the following questions: How are you supported by the web of life? How is the web of life being threatened in your communities?
Transition into Activity
Ask students to form a circle; if needed, stagger the group’s transition with a strategy like “Anyone whose name starts with a vowel, make your way to the circle.”
Transition out of Activity
Travel back to your desk as the living thing you named as part of the web.
Open space or space around desks to stand in circle
- Big ball of yarn or twine
- Beach ball or soft plushy (at least the size of a basketball)
- Students can be standing or sitting.
- Students with fine motor challenges can loop the yarn behind their back instead of holding with their hands.
- Guided visualization of a particular ecosystem or environment may be a helpful starting point.
- An image of a spider web can be shared to guide their process.
- Passing instead of tossing the ball can support students with low vision or coordination challenges.
- Students who are less verbal or non-verbal can fill in the blank by sharing a movement or shape without naming what they are.
- Group brainstorming can support choice making.
Role of the Teachers and Paraprofessionals
- Can participate in the circle
- Could act as “the wind” helping the ball get from one side of the circle to the other.
Students can create a verbal/visual web throughout the virtual circle