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Be sure to read over all the questions 2 or 3 times before the Kids' Own Wisdom shared thinking time

 

TEACHER INSTRUCTIONS: Tell the kids you’d like them to look at the first illustration for a few seconds, and you’ll be asking them some questions about what they see:  

  1. What is the woman doing?
  2. What are the kids doing?
  3. If you had to guess, what would you think the kids are trying to tell the woman?
  4. Who knows what INTERRUPTING means? (Possible answers: Breaking into someone else’s conversation. Trying to make someone stop talking so that you can start talking.)
  5. Are any of the people in this picture getting what they want? What do you see in the picture that makes you think that?
  6. Is anyone in this picture happy? Why do you think that?
  7. How does the woman in this picture feel? Do her feelings matter? Why is that your answer? Who else has some thoughts about this?

Important instructions before you start

 Start by telling the children you’re going to be showing them pictures and asking questions about what they see. You could even tell them you’ll be listening more than you’ll be talking, because you’re really interested in what they have to say.

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TEACHER INSTRUCTIONS: Show second side, wait a few seconds.... then ask:

 

  1. Raise your hand if you can read the sign language of the woman and the little girl.  
  2. What are the woman and the little girl saying to each other, without words?
  3. Why do they need to use sign language? 
  4. Who knows what PATIENCE is?  (Possible answers: A person with patience knows how to wait for other people. If a person has patience, then that person doesn’t always have to be first. If a person has patience, then that person knows how to be fair to other people and let them have their turn.)
  5. How do you think the woman in this picture feels? Why do you think that? 
  6. If you were talking on the phone, how would you feel if someone interrupted you? 
  7. How do the kids in this picture feel? Do their feelings matter? Why is that your answer?
  8. Who would like to try “telling” us things without words, just using simple sign language? (SUGGESTION FOR A CLASS ACTIVITY: Call on different kids to come up, one-at-a-time, whisper in each volunteer’s ear one of the following “messages,” and have them show, without words, the intended message, then see if the rest of the kids can guess what’s being “said” without words.) Tell us, without words, that you’re tired. Tell us, without words, that the music isn’t loud enough. Tell us, without words, that the music is too loud. Tell us, without words, that you’re hungry. Tell us, without words, that you’re thinking. Tell us, without words, that something is very small. Tell us, without words, that something is very big. Tell us, without words that something is delicious. Tell us, without words, that it’s time to be quiet.

Remember:

These questions are not a script that must be strictly followed.


You know the kids in your groups better than anyone, so you'll know if there are other questions to add, or maybe even questions to remove.  

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Try out the above KIDS' OWN WISDOM session with your kids, let us know how it went (the good, the bad, the scary, the awful and the wonderful) and we'll send you another set of illustrations with appropriate SOARR-ing questions... choose the next challenge you'd like help with ...

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