So, clearly this post is a bit delayed as we are now almost at the end of the first semester of school. I am going with the theory “better late, than never.” I like to post weekly, so my goal is to get back to that habit. I am also planning on putting these awesome kids to work. They should be blogging about our week and I should just be adding the footnote.
Two things still stick out for me from my first day with 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Break the Box and 6 Word Quotes.
Escape the Room has become a fun challenge for adults and kids alike. My 5th grader is still talking about how much fun she had at Escape Haus in New Braunfels. Essentially the goal is to use clues to help break out of a room that you have been locked into. Fun if you aren’t claustrophobic. Many educators have been doing a similar activity in their classrooms, but instead of breaking out of a room you are trying to break into a box. The 3rd, 4th and 5th graders each had to use clues to open a series of locks that eventually gave them access to a task in the box. The task was specific to our Universal Theme for each grade level. There also may, or may not have been a Starburst awaiting them as a reward for success. The kids loved it. I loved watching them have to work together, figure out what were and were not clues in my room. I learned by Thursday to assure them that clues were not hidden in closets and drawers and there was no need to make my room a crime scene. We cannot wait to do it again.
The second thing that still sticks with me is their first day assignment. Each student was to bring in a quote that meant something to them, that they connected to in some way. They had to present to the class. I then hung the quotes around the room and the kids had to write a 6 word phrase that summarized who they are at the core, or something they believed strongly about life. They had to use only the words from the quotes around the room. It was challenging, fun, and engaging. Reading their 6 word quotes also gave me incredible insight into the child as a person, as well as the class as a whole. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
My 3rd Graders are a bunch of little Yodas.
4th Grade definitely had a little theme going. It was interesting to see how many of their 6 words were about imagination and creating.
And 5th Grade: Mistakes, Creativity, Never giving up are the building blocks of a good life.
I LOVE their 6 word quotes!!!! It is great insight into their brains and what they value at this point in their lives. They also came home raving about the lock box challenge. They both enjoyed the challenge and the reward! – Great brain engaging activity!