This activity is designed to incorporate drama into a multitude of other language skills while adding the HUGELY important component of fun.
Its a co-operative learning experience that allows students to stretch the limits of their creativity while working with a small group towards a common goal.
The group's job is to create a scene showing what happens when a group of strangers meet in a designated place. What conversations will take place? What action will take place? What setting and props will be used ( though these must be garnered from whatever is available to them in the classroom at the time.)
What conflict and conflict resolution will occur? Who will speak ( though it is NOT imperative that everyone does...though everyone must tale part in some way)
How will body language play a role in the development of the scene?
It's enjoyable to watch the students take on leadership and willing follower roles, to note how they work co-operatively and to very often, seamlessly become the character they have chosen to portray.
Having used this for many years, in all grade levels and combinations thereof, its sometimes been the case that the scenes the students developed have actually gone on to become plays and others have resulted in pantomime or a tableau with no speaking at all.
Adding character and settings to the boxes and even other elements such as a sound effects box, weather or seasons box etc, add to the complexity and enjoyment of this NO FAIL activity.