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Degrees of Separation

First I start out by breaking the students into groups of no less than 3 and no more than 6. Each group is given a paper and pen and 3 minutes. You start off with a word like "Church". The students must come up with as many words that have to do with church as they possibly can. So words like Cross, Jesus, Bible, Guitar, Chairs, People... things like that... anything that would be associated with church (Some of my students get smart and start naming books of the bible!) See how many you can get in 3 minutes! I do this 2 or 3 times and then I move to the Degrees of Separation. Exact same thing, but they have to get as far away from the word as they possibly can! Every time they write a word that isn't associated with the previous set of words it is a degree of separation! See how many your students can get in 3 minutes. You will laugh at where their minds go. We went from Church to Chuck Norris! Example Word: Church - Cross, Wood, Forest (Forest would be the 1st Degree of Separation) Forest, leaves, animals, Zoo (Zoo would be the 2nd Degree of Separation) and so on. The students absolutely love this game and when you start having them read their answers out loud, they will all be laughing and it will truly be a time to remember!

Idea Submitted by Paul Pellizzari

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Comments on this post

   Jim Yates         2/20/2016 7:34:26 AM

Does anyone have any other examples their young people came up with in playing this game?

   Ken M         1/16/2013 2:23:09 PM

I'm sorry, but I'm not sure how animals and Zoo are not assoicated with each other? I can see how leaves and animals would be not assoicated. So I must be missing something. I like the concept, just not sure I follow the reasoning :)

   Patrick Garrett         11/14/2012 2:04:14 PM

Thanks Paul; good idea! Easy to to play!


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