Activity time: 5 minutes
Materials for Activity
- A copy of the story, "The Sword of Wood"
- A chime, a rain stick, or another calming sound instrument
Preparation for Activity
- Read the story a few times.
- Consider telling the story rather than reading it. Practice telling it aloud. Try adopting different voices for the shah or the Jewish man. You may find it helpful to close your eyes and to picture the place where the story happens, and to observe the action and characters in the story as if you were watching a movie.
- Think about how you might use items from the story basket as props. If any of these items are on the altar, sit near them or place them where you can reach them as you tell the story.
Description of Activity
Before you begin, look around the room and make eye contact with each person. Read or tell the story.
Ring the chime (or use other sound instrument) to indicate that the story is over.
Including All Participants
There are children for whom it is very difficult to sit still, even when they are paying attention to what is happening around them. This can be frustrating for teachers, as well as for the children who are expected to maintain stillness for prolonged periods of time. If you have children in the group for whom this is the case, consider adopting the use of "fidget objects" as described in Leader Resources. These fidget objects can provide a non-disruptive outlet for the need to move.