Sadako introduces herself.
Teachers could really get into character development while teaching this novel. Explain to the students that they are about to have a conversation with their friend. Each student can contribute a rule or thought to a class contract.
Around the World - Students are broken into teams of four or five. Then, as they are making their gifts, line the other students up in a straight line and explain to the remainder of the students that they are going to pretend that they are sick and in hospital. Explain this to the students.
Once attempted ask them how this was different then the first time.
Then they melt back into their position in the circle and the next group forms their postcard and so on with the last group showing Japan. Her hope was inspiring. Today I played Name Balloon to physically warm-up students and learn their names, but any physical game to move students into the space of Drama can be selected.