I whipped up this little story for my daughter's 4th grade Halloweeen party at school. It's for a game where you put the kids in a circle and hand them something to pass around (a pumpkin, skull, spider, etc). Each time the word right is read in the story, the person with the item should pass it to the person on their right, and when left is read, to their left.
Many years ago, before most of you were born, there was a teacher here at Genoa Elementary named Mrs. Wright who taught fourth grade. The town was really, really small back then – there were only seventeen boys and sixteen girls in the entire town. Mrs. Wright knew all of them, and had most of them as students at one time or another. Well, there were seventeen boys at the beginning of the year – but right after Halloween, everything changed.
There was a Halloween parade and each class had a party, just like today’s festivities, but that particular Halloween left the entire town changed forever.
The parade was different back then. The girls walked down the right side of the hall, and the boys walked down the center. The left side of the hall was reserved for parents and teachers. As the children left the hallway and entered the gym, some of the parents realized that something wasn’t right. They weren’t sure exactly what wasn’t right, but it left them with an eerie feeling as the children walked by.
Later that day, during the classroom parties, Mrs. Wright was nowhere to be found! The students swore she was right there a few minutes ago, but some of the parents said they thought she left right after the parade. It was a mystery alright, but one that was about to be solved, right in front of everyone.
Just then, Mr. Wright burst into Mrs. Wright’s classroom. He ran quickly to the left side of the room where the parents and other teachers were standing and whispered something to them – none of the kids on the right side of the room could hear what was said, even though they were right there in the same room. The parents and teachers looked SHOCKED as Mr. Wright whispered to them!
Mrs. Johnson stepped toward the children, looked right at them with a serious face and said, Mrs. Wright just had her baby – there were now EIGHTEEN boys in Genoa!
Our classroom was arranged in such a way that we had about six groups of 4-5 children in each circle, and we let each child with the item they were passing around keep it at the end of the story. They enjoyed the game enough to let me read it again.
Feel free to use this story at your next party - simply change the name of the town if you wish... If you re-post this story, I just ask that you don't claim you wrote it.