Introduction: An interesting activity when recesses has been canceled or during homeroom time. Talk to your class about games children played before the information age such as “red light, green light,” “musical chairs,” “orange battle,” “I spy,” “duck, duck, goose” and “jacks.” End by sharing the poem “jacks.”
by Valerie Worth
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[From: Worth, Valerie, and Natalie Babbitt. 1994. All the small poems and fourteen more. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.]
Extension: Follow up by sharing the following poems also by Valerie Worth: “marbles,” “kite,” and “kaleidoscope.” These are objects children use to play with. If you have these artifacts bring them in to show and tell with the class.