Materials: objects that can easily be held and hidden
Time: 10+ minutes
Targets: asking questions, vocabulary
Basic Idea: Players get “burgled in the night” and have to ask questions to figure out who took something from them or their classmates. Accused burglars take a step toward freedom with every question and false accusation.
- 3-5 thieves are chosen to burgle their fellow classmates; the remaining students are potential targets.
- The thieves stand at the front of the room, side by side.
- All other students choose something that may be taken (a pen, notebook, eraser, etc.) and put it in an accessible place on their desk. The object should be reasonably concealable.
- When the instructor says, “Lights out!” students must close their eyes and bury their heads in their arms on their desks.
- The thieves will go around the class and choose one object each before returning to the front of the class hiding the objects behind their backs.
- When the instructor says, “Rise and shine!” students raise their heads and try to guess who stole their items. Two things must happen here:
I. Victims must describe their items to everyone so the class can help guess who stole each item.
Victim 1: Someone stole my red pen! It was long and thin with a white shaft (body) and red cap.
Victim 2: Someone stole my book! It was a thick math book.
II. The class must ask each thief about what he or she stole using yes or no questions
Student A: Thief 1, is your object long and thin?
Burglar 1: No, it isn’t.
Student B: Thief 1, is your object heavy?
Burglar 1: Yes, it’s kind of heavy.
Class: I know! You stole Victim 2’s book!
Burglar 1: You got me! / You got the wrong guy
- Each question asked allows the thieves to take a step toward the door. Once the thieves get through the door, they are free.
- False accusations allow the thieves three steps toward the door.
- The decoy: Five students stand at the front of the room. Four are thieves as usual, but the fifth takes a neutral object (not from one of the students)
- The liar: Make 1 student a liar. He or she doesn’t take anything, but will pretend to have a victim’s item.