Have your students sit in a circle and show them the talking stick. The talking stick can be any object safe to pass around the circle that does not make any noise. When anybody is holding the talking stick, it indicates that it is their turn to talk and everybody else’s turn to listen. Every Community Circle can have a different focus and it can be short or long, depending on what experience you want your students to have on any given day.
Community Circle Idea: Focus on the theme of Irish Folklore and pose the following question for your students to answer during Community Circle. It is an effective way to create a sense of community among your students by taking the time to start the day, in a circle formation, where everybody’s presence is acknowledged and welcomed. Extend the lesson and listen to the read aloud “Too Many Leprechauns.”
“If you found a leprechaun’s pot of gold, what would you do with your newly acquired wealth?”
After each student has answered the question above, sing the following variation of the popular song “Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?” with the modified lyrics, below.
A fast and easy way to facilitate this song, is to ask the students to say the child’s name sitting right next to them and to follow this same pattern until everybody’s name has been used.
The practice of consistent Community Circle is sure to boost students’ self-concepts and provide experiences for the students to become familiar with each other while increasing awareness of respect and acceptance of one another in their community.
Who Took The Gold?
Adult: Who took the gold from the leprechaun?
(Child’s name) took the gold from the leprechaun!
Child: Who me?
Class: Yes You!
Child: Couldn’t be!
Class: Then who?
Child: (A different child’s Name) took the gold from the leprechaun!
A fun way to end the song is for the teacher, or facilitating adult, to admit that he/she was the one who took the gold from the leprechaun. It might be important to discuss the real-life consequences of accusing somebody else of doing something when it was really you who did it. Enjoy!