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Bang, You're Dead!

Thomas Martin


By participating in this indoor/outdoor activity, students work to understand the pattern of events to learn about ultimate understanding.


The student knows positive strategies for expressing needs, wants, and feelings.


-Two water guns
-One student assistant
-Assessment Sheet (create one copy per student; see Associated File)


1. Have both water guns full of water prior to beginning the activity.
2. Select student assistant.
3. Determine where the activity will be conducted (indoors or outdoors).
4. Download and copy one -Assessment Sheet- per student. (see Associated File)


NOTES: This activity can be completed indoors or outdoors. Before beginning the activity, inform the group they will be evaluated on their ability to deal with frustration, how to recognize when someone else becomes frustrated, and how each student will react to being frustrated.

This activity will confuse some of the students in the beginning and possibly a few may not catch on at all. Their behavior is what needs to be observed. A couple will catch on immediately. That’s okay, those students will need to sit down and just observe.

One assistant will be needed for this activity. This assistant can be a student. The teacher and the assistant will be armed with water guns. The water guns are there only to add a little fun to a mind-boggling activity.

1. To begin the activity, discuss what anger is. Discuss what type of things or situations make us angry, how we deal with anger, and what are positive ways to deal with anger. Be sure to discuss what type of consequences can occur when anger is not controlled. Also discuss some techniques that can be used to manage anger.

2. Next, begin the water gun activity by reminding students that this portion of the lesson will be very frustrating, but that they will need to think -outside of box- in order to deal with their frustration and the frustration of the other students.

3. In the beginning, the instructor will say only a few instructions to begin the activity. Tell students they will only receive a few instructions, and that they will have to think to figure out what should be done next.

4. To begin, say, -Bang, you're dead!-. Once you say the phrase, -Bang, you're dead!-, have students raise their hands and guess who you are referring to. Call on the first person who raises his hand. He or she may ask for example, -Is it Bob?”. If this student (Bob) is not the target, then Bob will sit down showing everyone that he is not the one who is supposed to be -it-. However -Bob- is still allowed to guess as to who -it- is. (The student who is -it- will be the first person to raise his hand, but do not tell the students this. Let them figure it out on their own.)

5. Once the person who is -it- (the first one who raised his hand) has been identified, that person will get shot with the water guns by both instructors.

6. Once the person has been identified, ask the group how was this person identified as the student to be shot. Have the class raise their hands and whisper to you the answer. If the reason is incorrect, just reply with a simple no. If it is the correct answer, then identify that student as having the correct answer. He/ she will have a seat to the side and can only observe at this time. Do not tell the reason to the class.

7. Keep the instructions at a bare minimum at the beginning and pretty soon every one will understand the rules.

8. Observe the students' facial expressions as well as body posture as the game is repeated with different students. Some students will become very frustrated. Provide the students with formative feedback and remind them to use positive ways to deal with anger and frustration.

7. At the end of the activity, tell students the first person who raised his or her hand to identify who -it- was, unknowingly identified themselves as the one. A couple of students will pick it up pretty quickly and some never will until the activity is concluded and discussed with the students.

8. To end the activity, discuss how the students handled their frustration and anger at being unable to understand the rules of the game. Discuss positive ways students handled their anger and how these strategies can be used in their daily lives.


Observe to see if the students handle both success and failure in their ability to understand the activity. Listen for appropriate communication with you and other students.
Observe to see how each student works within the group.
Observe to see if the students will reach out to assist other students that might struggle within the activity. Listen to see how feelings and desires for the solution are said.
Listen to the students discuss the activity to see if there is much thought put into the discussion at the end of the activity.
Review the -Evaluation Sheet- located in the Asociated File. It can be used to assess students on these criteria during the actvity.


Use different scenarios such as strategic or even real-world situations.

Attached Files

An evaluation sheet to use with students.     File Extension: pdf

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