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In "Moral Tales," a Tapestry of Faith program
Gather children in circle, in a large floor space where they have room to move without touching one another. Say, in your own words:
Just like the ants in the story, all living beings might have things they would want to say to people if they could and if we could understand them. We can't really know what other living beings are thinking, or even if they think at all. But by watching them carefully and by using our imaginations we can have ideas about what they might say to us.
I am going to call out a character from the story or say the name of another living being. You will make up a motion or pose to become that character or animal.
Using the list provided in Leader Resource, Animal Posing, say the name of a character in "We Are All One." Once children have found a pose or a motion to represent that character, invite them to call out things the character might like to say. For example, if they are being the ants, they might say, "Help! We're drowning!"
You may allow all of the children to call out at once. Or, ask them to go around in a circle. If you go around in a circle, start in a different place each time so the same children do not always go first or last.
When it seems to be time to move on to a new character or animal, call out:
In our web of life...
Instruct the children to as quickly as possible re-form their circle, hold hands, and respond:
We are all one.
Then, give the group another character or living being to act out.
If the group is large, you may prefer to select two or three volunteers to demonstrate a pose or motion in the center of the circle for each story character or living being. Only these volunteers will speak as the character or living being you name. Instruct the volunteers to be ready for you to say "In our web of life... " and quickly rejoin the group holding hands in the circle. Choose new volunteers to act and speak as the next character or living being.
As a practice round, have everyone pretend to be the woman searching for the healing herb. Show them the suggested pose (Leader Resource, Animal Posing) of placing a flat hand above the eyes, as if searching for something. Once the children are in the pose, invite them to say things that the woman might have said in the story. Model using first-person language, speaking as the woman; for example, "I hope I can find the herb," rather than "The woman wants to find the herb." After a minute or two, say "In our web of life... " and guide the children to respond, "We are all one."
When you've finished with the characters in the story, give the group other living beings to portray. Use the suggestions on Leader Resource, Animal Posing, or come up with your own living beings and poses. Once the children have gotten into the swing of the activity, invite them to think of their own living beings to portray. When it is time for children to say what theirs might like to say, if it could, prompt with these questions:
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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