Contributed by Laura Borgwardt
To practice our observational skills.
- Pair up. Look at your partner and notice everything you can about them. What are they wearing? Is their hair up? Are they holding anything?
- Turn back to back with your partner.
- Change three things about your appearance
- On the count of three, turn around to face your partner. Can you spot the three differences?
- OPTION: You can do this exercise one at a time (have the guesser sing a song and close their eyes while their partner is making their changes) or have them both change at the same time (for a quicker game)
- Reflection –
- What skills did we sharpen in this game?
- How might observational skills be useful in our theater/art/dance class and beyond?
Transition into Activity
Something dramatic, like enter in wearing giant glasses and pretend like nothing is different. Oh wait, is something different about me today? Oh, I hadn’t noticed! You’re right!!
Transition out of Activity
You could make the transition to the next activity be related to finding something different — doing a “one of these things is not like the other” with vocab words, puppets, etc. Which one is different? Yes! I’m glad you practiced your observation skills earlier, I can’t get anything past you now!
Level 1: Online — Leader’s camera will turn off and on
Level Up: In person — partners scattered around the room
- While the person is making their three changes, consider adding in a task for the rest of the group
- Sing a song (jeopardy theme-song, etc)
- Can you find something in your space that starts with the letter S?
- I spy…something orange! (using colors/objects that are seen in someone’s square)
- Provide costumes/props for students to use so their costume changes are more dramatic. For more of a challenge, encourage students to make subtle changes…ie roll up your sleeves, change which side your ponytail is on, etc.
Role of the Teachers and Paraprofessionals
- Online: Lead the group in a song or activity while the TA is changing their screen
- In person: Float around to the different pairs to make sure everyone understands the instructions and is working well with their partner
- Teaching Artist: Everyone look come look at my screen! Look very carefully. What am I wearing? What objects are around me? What else do you notice?
- Once everyone has had a good look, you (the TA) will turn off your video and change three things about your image.
- Start your video and have students guess what three things are different.
- Repeat with a student as the person who is changing three things.