Kids of any age enjoy playing Hide and Seek. It all starts with the very young playing “peekaboo,” discovering their own view of the world and their place in it.
Vary the game with any visually rich primary source, such as Mulberry Street, for a quick but worthwhile classroom activity. A quick scan of this print reveals a crowd on a busy street. But a closer look draws in the viewer to see specific people. The setting includes items that suggest a feast for the senses–horses, wagon wheels, a cigar, a baby, fresh vegetables, and more.
Pair up students to play one of these two variations on Hide and Seek:
- One student in each pair should choose a hiding place and imagine hiding there. The student gives a series of sensory clues to help the other student “find” him. I feel warm pavement under my body. It’s dark, but I see some shadows. I see men’s shoes. Where am I?
- One student identifies a particular person in the image, and then gives a series of sensory clues that will zero the partner in to identify the selected person: I feel the weight of a baby as big as me. I hear my friends goofing off. I put my face in a serious expression for the photographer. Who am I?
In both versions, the partner guesses based on the clues. Students can revise and work on hitting the right amount of detail in their clues to keep the game going. Students practice many skills. When composing clues, students can engage purposefully with the “text,” use content-specific vocabulary, draw on background knowledge, and identify key details. To guess, partners must practice good listening comprehension, determine point of view and make inferences. The activity could be done at any point in a unit of study, to engage or assess students, apply skills, or build content knowledge.
Additional ideas for classroom applications:
- Conduct a primary source analysis of the image as a warm up or an extension of the activity.
- Consider how the photographer composed an image with details that come together to tell a story.
- Ask students to write a story using the details they gathered, either about the whole image or about a particular person.
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