As we progress through the school year, and the kids continue to grow academically, it is also important to continue to foster a strong sense of classroom and school community. Community building is something that we spend quite a bit of time on at the beginning of the year, but it is important to revisit and reestablish feelings of belonging as we transition into spring. Over the past two weeks we have been working on reconnecting and celebrating our classroom community through fun team building activities.
Our 5th grade team building activities have been centered around kids reaching out to peers who might be outside of their regular go-to friends and exploring common interests to express a sense of belonging. What brings us together is so much greater that anything that might separate us! Creative team names, group cheers, collaborative problem solving tasks and a fair amount of silliness are some of the paths that kids are taking to better relationships.
For example, in the activity “Island”, kids formed teams and had figure out how to transport their team of 4 from one “island” (gym matt) to the next “island” without touching the floor separating the matts. Each team had a scooter, small ring and two 6ft sections of rope. Discussions, plans and techniques varied, but were all supported with positive comments and often comical implementation. Kids completed the activity feeling connected, supported and excited about their community of peers!
It has been a joy to work with your students this year – they are full of creativity and enthusiasm and with the smaller group we have this year, I’ve enjoyed simply getting to know them and what makes them tick. We are having a lot of fun working this past week on a research project using Google Slides. Each student, or partnership of students, was able to choose an instrument and find out the history, the materials used to create it, look at famous musicians who play their instrument and find various videos showcasing their instrument. Additionally, we’ve all learned a few fun tricks from our resident computer expert, Tyler Haverland. It truly is an enjoyable class – thank you for the privilege of teaching them each day.
Have your student pop onto Canvas over Spring break and listen to our upcoming Spring Show as much as possible! Summer Camp is going to be a great night of celebration as we sing for the last time as 5th graders AND honor our very own Beth Basham in a Retirement Celebration. Make plans to join us on Thursday, June 1 from 6:30-8:30pm.