How y’all doin’ out there? Things are going well here. We are rolling into our 6th week back at school and we are finding our “groove.” Now that daily procedures have been taught and practiced for nearly a month and a half, we can jump into more juicy standards-based content.
kids will be introduced to “Captain Question Mark!” I pulled this
one out of my bum about three years ago after going rounds with those frustrating
backward hooks that UG-LIF-I even the prettiest of papers. All you need
is pirate hook for the Captain (they are SO easy to find right now), something for
“Peter” to fight with, and two brave kiddos. Here’s how I use
this one . . .
- Pick one student to be Captain Question Mark and give him/her to toy pirate hook.
- Point out that the hook looks a lot like a question mark.
- Select another student to play the part of Peter Pan and give him/her something to “fight” with — I used an old lightsaber.
- Invite your two babes to pretend fight in front of the class. You can hear a pin drop when you do this . . . sell the sizzle my friends 🙂
- Point out how the HOOK is facing all of the action.
- Then, instruct the Captain to turn his/her back on Peter. Point out how the hook is NO LONGER facing the action.
- Let Peter safely “take down” the Captain. It helps if you pick a real ham for this part. Last year my sweet little gal got poked in the back and put on an Oscar-worthy performance. She flopped on the ground, rolled around, and played dead. It was classic!
- Once you “put the lid back on,” follow this up by saying that Captain Question Mark ALWAYS has to face the action (i.e. the sentence). Use the play hook to help punctuate a question that you wrote on the board. This extra visual helps solidify it.