They sat back to back with their partner and tried to duplicate drawings only using communication. During this activity they realized how important being very clear and specific with your words was in order to draw an accurate picture. We discussed how important communication is in different situations and how it is needed to express important messages or feelings. As you can see by the photos they enjoyed this activity!
The students were put to the task to create a story with a message through illustration. They had to work in a team to come up with a single story line. This exercise gave them an opportunity to express their ideas while allowing for others to do the same. They had to work together to create a beginning, middle and end to their story. The stories were a success and the students allowed for every member to take part and contribute to the final piece. When the students shared, the messages were clear. They were about making friends, not judging others by their appearance and healthy living. These are all themes that we encourage throughout the year in our program. This activity was a true collaboration and the students enjoyed working together!
To celebrate Earth Day we decided to make smoothies. I pulled out frozen blueberries and bananas for the blue part of our drink. I then asked the students, “What can we use to make the green part?” They gave several answers such as green grapes and green Jell-O. Part of our program focuses on healthy eating. We try to encourage students to eat healthy snacks after school. After not getting the correct response I took out a bag of fresh spinach. The students were surprised that we were going to put that in our smoothie. How was it going to taste? We always encourage them to try new things so after blending in all of the ingredients our Earth Day Smoothie was ready. The students were pleasantly surprised of the taste and enjoyed!