This game can be played with students all standing to either side of a line, or path, down the middle, and walking to the center if they agree. Or, feel free to have students stand up, sit down, walk forward, or any/all of the above! This game plays great outside as well. As students grow closer and a safe environment develops, ask deeper questions of your students, found at the bottom. But please ensure, as always, that an atmosphere of love and support exists before diving in.
Before beginning: If you plan to utilize the 'Deeper Questions' below, please read the instructions for following up with the conversation debrief and make sure students know they are not alone in their experiences, even if they went to the line alone.
You like to cook.
You prefer summer more than winter.
You prefer winter more than summer.
You have more than 3 kids in your family.
You are an only child.
You prefer dogs more than cats.
You were born in Washington.
You like to sew.
You prefer the beach over mountains.
You have ridden a horse.
You have lived in another state- tell someone where.
You prefer pie over cake.
You have a pet- if so, tell your neighbor what kind.
You like to sing.
You have participated in a running race- like a 5K or Cross-Country race.
You are a morning person.
You are a night owl.
You speak another language.
You prefer mountains to the beach.
You prefer to read books more than movies.
You play an instrument- tell someone what instrument you play.
You like to play sports.
You prefer soccer to football.
You prefer white chocolate to milk chocolate.
You have traveled out of the country.
You prefer washing the dishes to doing laundry.
1. Who has ever had detention? 2. Who takes a bus to school? Two buses? Three buses? 3. Who lives only with their mom or their dad? 4. Who lives with a relative that isn’t your mom or dad? 5. Who trusts your teachers? 6. Who trusts the police? 7. Who plays school sports? 8. Who feels safe in their neighborhood? 9. Who has ever had a family reunion? 10. Who has ever been in a fight? 11. Who has ever seen a fight?
And deeper still... 1. Who has ever heard gunshots? 2. Who knows someone who has gone through a divorce? 3. Whose electricity/gas/water/ has ever been turned off ? 4. Who has ever been asked to join a gang? 5. Who knows someone who is in a gang? 6. Who has had a close friend or a relative die? 7. Who knows where to find drugs? 8. Who has a family member who has done or is doing time in jail? 9. Who has ever been in juvenile hall or boot camp? 10. Who has lost someone to senseless violence?
Debrief: Describe how you felt standing on the line. How did you feel when there were only a few people on the line? How did you feel when a lot of people stepped in? Was there ever a point when the whole class stepped in? How did that feel? Were you ever the only person on the line? How did you feel? What did you learn about yourself from participating in this activity? What did you learn about others?