Duck, Duck, Goose Choose a partner and go to the center line in the long part of the gymnasium and have them face each other. Each set of partners
in the class is lined up along this line also. One person starts
(I have them pick by rock, paper, scissors) by touching the shoulder of their partner and say either
"Duck" or "Goose." If the toucher says "Duck" nothing happens and
it is the other partner's turn to touch and say either word. This continues,
each taking turns touching and saying either word, until one of them says "Goose."
The one that says "Goose" turns around and runs away from the center
line to a line before the wall (in a straight line). The one that was
touched runs after them. If the toucher is caught before they get to the
line the one who caught them gets a point. If the toucher gets to the line
before being caught then they get a point. After establishing who gets
a point they go back to the center line and begin the game over again.
After a few minutes have them change partners by rotating them to the right with the last
one on each end crossing over the line. This means they get a new
partner each time they rotate. I like this because it gives everyone a fresh chance
to get points. I also like this because no one has to keep score.
Who cares what your score was with someone else. You have to go over who does the chasing with the little ones because
they get confused. The one who says "Goose" is the one being chased.
You also have to go over what direction to run in because they run all
over the gym and you could have a collision. I've played this in
k-5th. You can call it by another name if you think the older ones will get silly with the
old fashioned name. I forgot to add, the one that did NOT say
"Goose" gets to start the next game by touching and saying the word.
This gives equal opportunity. The younger ones don't understand this
but the older ones do. I hope you understand this. If not email me. Curt Hinson has written several books and I do recommend them.
I have to put in the plug for him because he did write this. Good luck, Marcia Merritt PEsinger37@aol.com