Hop the Fence

“We are all in a beautiful field. The lines are fences. You might think the grass looks greener on the other side of one of these fences. I am the “Gardener” of this field, planting ideas on each side of the fence. I will say a pair of words and point to a line to represent which side of the fence I have planted each word. You must decide which one you like better (or associate with most in the moment) and “Hop the Fence” to the other side where that word is planted.”

 PDF: Hop the Fence

  • Line of Inquiry: How are we alike? How are we different? How are the choices we make important to our lives and to those around us? How does attention and awareness help us to make choices that serve us better?
  • Age Range: K-12th grade (Elementary-Adult)
  • Group Size: 4-40
  • Activity Time: 5-15 minutes (with reflection time)
  • Set-Up Time: 2 minutes
  • Materials: 20 feet masking tape, yellow duct tape, chalk, or Golden Rule Ribbon (if available) 2-3 sharpie markers. A poster of the variations of The Golden Rule is helpful to have in sight (goldenruleproject.org/poster)
  • Activity Objective: To build unity within the group through discovering ways in which members share similar likes, dislikes, and ways of thinking as well as to generate comfort in expressing oneself in front others.
  • Utah Core Standards: Social Studies: Language Arts: Speaking and Listening: For Grades K-12 these lessons support Utah Core Standards 1-4. In Kindergarten and 1st grade, Standards 5 and 6 are also supported. Language Arts: Writing: For Grades K-5 the reflection topics of these lessons can be used to support Utah Core Standards 1-4,7&10 (excluding Standard 1 in Kindergarten and Standards 4 &10 which begin in 3rd Grade). For Grades 6th -12th, the reflection portion of these lessons can be used to support Utah Core Standards 1,2,4&10. 2 of 6 Golden Rule Project Activities Citizenship: Demonstrate positive relationships through play and friendship, demonstrate respect for each individual and appropriate social skills necessary for working in a group, modeling appropriate group behavior and expressing feelings in appropriate ways. In addition, this activity is particularly useful in Kindergarten as it targets Standard 1. Culture: Students will recognize and describe how individuals and families are both similar and different. Specifically, objective 1: Identify how individuals are similar and different and demonstrate respect for each individual.
  • Skills Developed: Getting to know others, Respecting Others, Self-Expression, Trust, Fun.