Rite of passage
What began with giving a doll the sacrament of the sick ended up as a real-life lesson.
At the end of each school day, my first-grade students loved to play a game called “Dead Fish.” They’d all lie down on the rug, our imaginary pond, and play dead. If they moved, it was all over. They would be reeled in and proceed to get their backpacks and coats. The game was a fantastic way to settle down before dismissal. Many of the children ended up laughing or moving, but some won the game by staying motionless for 10 minutes.