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Lesson Plan 31: “Bezirgan Basi” (Chief of Greedy Merchant)

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Lesson Plan 31: “Bezirgan Basi” (Chief of Greedy Merchant)
Historical/Cultural Perspective: This is a game from the Turkish culture. This game can be used when studying other cultures.
Objective: TSW learn and play a new game by following the rules and getting along with each other.

Materials: An outdoor area, and something to draw a line (if on dirt a stick, if on grass a stick or piece of strong cloth could be place on the ground).
Procedures: The game can be played with a minimum of 10 children. The players elect 2 children among them. One child takes the name of “golden watch” and the other “golden bracelet”. Those two children stand facing each other, hand in hand with their hands raised in above them. The other students pass through their hands while chanting the following jingle
Open the door Chief of Greedy Merchant

Chief of Greedy Merchant…

What do you give for your right on the door?

What do you give?

Let the person behind myself be souvenir

Let him be souvenir

The last player in the line is caught, and asker in his ear “do you want the golden watch or the golden bracelet?”. According to the answer determines who the payer stands behind, either the golden watch or the golden bracelet. This will continue until all of the players are divided into two groups. A line on the ground divides the two groups. Each child in both groups will hold onto each other’s waists firmly. The two groups pull each others to show their groups strength. The group that passes the line is the group/team that looses.

Assessment: To observe the students playing the game correctly by following the rules. Observation sheet based on level of participation on a 0-2 scale: 0-non-particpation 1-some participation 2- full participation in activity, and an anecdotal record based on behavior during activity.

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