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Creative English Lesson for 3rd Graders

Posted in Uncategorized by Stace on August 19, 2010

The PB&J Lesson

When I was in 3rd grade, I remember one game that taught me how to write with others’ perspectives in mind.  My teacher asked the children to write instructions on how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  For 10 minutes, the classroom was busily scribbling instructions with their pencils.  I remembered thinking, Why are we doing this?  Making a pb&j sandwich is so simple and easily!   Gosh, doesn’t she already know how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?  The teacher gathered all of the instructions and the day was done.

The next day, the teacher explained our next activity at the front of the class.  She laid out a peanut butter jar, jelly, loaves of bread, a knife, napkins and a plate on a table in front of her.  The teacher explained that she will read each of our instructions aloud, and will follow them exactly.

One by one, she read each instruction aloud anonymously– and each ended up being some of the most funny-looking peanut butter sandwiches around.  Sometimes, the teacher would slop peanut butter and jelly on her hand just because the instructions neglected to mention to put them on pieces of bread.  The children were in an uproarious laughter…  It was so silly and obvious!  How could we have forgotten to mention the bread?  In any case, the person with the best-looking pb&j sandwich received extra credit, and we learned how to write while thinking about another person’s perspective in mind.

I think back on that lesson with fondness- It was one of those simple, easy-to-understand lessons that we were all invested in, were able to understand identify with, and (with surprise) have fun.  These are the lessons that take an unexpected angle and are the ones that I remember the most.

Here are some resources if you’d like some more game ideas:
2nd and 3rd Grade Games
Educational Group Games

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