Today we learned about WasFunnyOnce from Superflex®.For more information about WasFunnyOnce, please go to www.socialthinking.com. Superflex® and the Unthinkables© were developed and copyrighted by Michelle Garcia Winner and Stephanie Madrigal.
We have had our fair share of cold and rainy days this winter. When you can’t get outside for recess, it’s hard to fight the Unthinkables! We learned that WasFunnyOnce gets people to use humor at the wrong time, wrong place, or with the wrong person. The person doesn’t realize that humor wears out pretty quickly or at times is not “funny” at all. He doesn’t know the appropriate times for humor and may get so silly that he makes the group fall apart. When the whole group loses control, we call that a silly tornado.
Don’t worry!Superflex® gave us some strategies to fight WasFunnyOnce!
Here’s a glimpse of what we did today in our group lesson:
Warm Up: Chicken Factory
Here’s How to Play: First, you need a rubber chicken. I found mine at Party City. I like to play “The Chicken Dance” song during the activity. Have all players lie down in a line, head to feet. Begin with the chicken between the feet of the first person in line. The first person will roll back with their feet in the air and pass the chicken to the next person’s feet behind them. We usually make two passes through the line. This takes some coordination, motor planning, and attention. Plus, it is a fun way to strengthen your core!
The Chicken Factory activity can be used to work on so many Unthinkables. For example, the Unthinkables we had to fight during this activity included WasFunnyOnce, Space Invader, Rock Brain, Energy Hare-y, Brain Eater, DOF, and Mean Jean. Whew! After we do a group activity like this, we often talk about the Unthinkables that could have popped up during the activity and the Superflex® strategies we used. The kiddos enjoy being a Social Detective and solving some Unthinkable crimes.
Getting Focused: Laughter Yoga
- Clapping Warm-up: All players should sit in a chair in a circle. Start slowly. While clapping, say “Ho, Ho, Ha, Ha, Ha.” Clap to the front of the circle for “Ho” and to your side for “Ha” Repeat. Switch sides for each “Ha.” Keep going faster and faster!
- Breath Practice: Sit quietly in your chair with your hands resting on your knees. Now with a smile, breathe in while raising hands over your head. We should hear your breath as the air passes through your teeth. Pause for a few seconds as you reach for the sky. Slowly breathe out through your mouth and lower your hands to your knees. Repeat 3 times.
Group Activity: Harlem Shake: Unthinkable Style
Not another Harlem Shake video! I thought we were learning about WasFunnyOnce! Sorry, I just couldn’t resist making a video with the Harlem Shake and the Unthinkables. For those of you that may be a little out of touch, the Harlem Shake is a popular style of hip hop dance and the title of a 2012 heavy bass instrumental track produced by Baauer. In February 2013, the dance video went viral and it all began with a masked individual doing the Harlem Shake alone before suddenly cutting to an entire group dancing wildly. Here’s the premise of a typical Harlem Shake video: One person begins dancing to a song while those around him seem not to notice and go about their task. Then the video cuts to a whole bunch of people with crazy props or costumes dancing to the song. I showed my students a few versions of the Harlem Shake on Youtube to give them an idea as to what we were going to try to attempt to do for our Harlem Shake: Unthinkable Style video. The kiddos loved the idea and quickly got how the Harlem Shake can be like WasFunnyOnce in a classroom. The Star Wars edition was their favorite.
Other Harlem Shake videos:
- Harlem Shake (Peanuts Edition): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqZc2dyClko&list=PLC0F6D3250CCB2792
- Harlem Shake (Jeff Gordon Edition): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shJBFyct2XE&list=PLC0F6D3250CCB2792
- Harlem Shake v66 (Star Wars Version): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9gocBKtIKA&list=PLC0F6D3250CCB2792
- Harlem Shake v3 – Star Wars Edition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQRoZlh7rFU&list=PLC0F6D3250CCB2792
Here’s how our version of the Harlem Shake goes: First, we had to make a plan and agree who would be which Unthinkable. The kiddos certainly have their favorite characters and this took a little compromising. Ready. Action! With the camera rolling, the teacher asks the group to read silently. Then one student, playing the role of WasFunnyOnce, jumps up and starts dancing in class. That’s unexpected! Next thing you know, the entire class joins in and starts dancing. The teacher’s instructions are forgotten and the silly tornado takes over! We loved dressing up like the Unthinkables and it was so much fun to get our wiggles out and JUST DANCE!
Movie Time: After we finished making our video, it was time to start winding down. We watched a couple of short YouTube clips to learn a little more about WasFunnyOnce.
The first one we watched was the trailer for Despicable Me 2. In this clip, 4 of Gru’s minions are singing their own special rendition of the Beach Boy’s 1965 hit Barbara Ann with funny substitutions like “banana” and “potato.” One of the minions keeps blowing a party blower (WasFunnyOnce) and another minion is getting more and more upset by the obnoxious blowing. Spoiler Alert! There’s a Glass Man moment! Of course, the kiddos asked to watch the clip just one more time as they were rolling off their ball chairs with laughter.
In case you want to sing along, here are the lyrics to their rendition of Barbara Ann:
BA BA BA BABANANA BA BA BA BABANANA NA NA NA AHH POTATO NA AH AH BANANA AH AH TO GA LI NO PO TA TO NI GA NI BA LO BA NI KA NO JI GA~ BA BA BA BABANANA. YO PLANO HU LA PA NO NO TU MA BANANA LIKE A NUPI TALAMO BANANA BA BA POTATO HO HOOOOOO TO GA LI NO PO TA TO NI GA NI BA LO BA NI KA NO JI GA BA BA BA BABANANAAAAAAAA
The second clip was a few words from Mr. Tickle from The Mr. Men Show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP34RhZFWw4
Cool Down Game: Don’t Make Me Smile!
The group sits in a circle facing inward. One member of the group is ‘it.’ The objective is for this person to make another smile. He goes around the circle, picks a person, and asks him/her, “If you are my friend, would you please, please smile?” The person must respond with, “I am your friend, but I just can’t smile,” without smiling. If he/she smiles, that person becomes ‘it’, replacing the first. If the person ‘it’ does not convince a person to smile, he/she must approach another until he/she does. The person ‘it’ may do any gestures he/she wants to make the person smile, but cannot touch the person.
Closing: Pass the smile: Sitting in a circle, silently pass a rubber chicken to the person sitting next to you and remember to smile and give eye contact.
Relaxation: Laughter Practice: Lie on your back on your yoga mat. Start with a giggle, then let go and truly laugh. Laughter is contagious!
A Truly Terrific Tuesday!
Group lesson was inspired by Social Thinking®, Superflex®, and The Incredible Flexible You™ curriculums by Michelle Garcia Winner, CCC-SLP and by The Zones of Regulation®, by Leah Kuypers, MA. The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum geared toward helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving abilities. Social Thinking® is a term coined by Michelle Garcia Winner and represents a coordinated teaching framework of curricula, vocabulary, teaching tools and strategies for individuals aged preschool through adults. Learn more at www.socialthinking.com.