Students Share What They Learn
In Kelly Williamson’s fifth grade class at Valley Road Elementary School in Clark, the students share what they learn at the end of the day. Every day, the students write one thing that they learned on a post-it and stick it on the poster entitled “What Stuck With You?” The students choose what they believe is the most important point that they learned. Each afternoon, Williamson reads the notes and reflects upon the students’ responses. This activity provides a chance for students to share what they have learned and to learn from their peers. Pictured above are students Julianna Romano and Vincent Papa.
Learning Through Games
First grade students in Megan Friedman’s first grade class at Frank K. Hehnly School in Clark practice comparing numbers by playing “Top-It.” The students each select a card from a numbered deck, and the student with the greater number on his or her card gets to keep both of the cards. By playing this game, students get excited about learning the value of numbers.
Fifth Graders Thank A Marine On Sept. 11
On Sept. 11 this year, the students in Bryan Lowe’s fifth grade class at Valley Road School in Clark were very excited to thank a hero and focus on heroism instead of tragedy. They wrote letters of appreciation to Staff Sergeant Robert Robertson who joined the Marines after the attacks of 2001. He has been actively serving for twelve years and has been deployed abroad several times. The fifth graders showed their gratitude by offering very kind words and Robertson communicated a heartfelt thanks after receiving the letters. In the photograph above, (from left to right) Emily Sachkowsky, Lauren Fogle, Zachary Katz, and Meagan Lambert finish their words of appreciation to be mailed to Staff Sergeant Robertson.
What Crumpled Paper Can Teach You About Bullying
Students in Ms. Guarino’s third grade class at Frank Hehnly School in Clark experienced how a piece of paper can represent someone’s feelings. The students gathered in a circle and were each given a piece of paper to crumple, stomp, and grind without ripping. The students were asked to describe the state of the paper after doing these things. One student, Lindsey Messina, stated “the paper is now wrinkled and bent because of what we did to it.”
The students were then asked to apologize to the crumpled piece of paper. After each of the 25 students in the class said “I’m sorry!” for what they did to the paper, the class observed that the paper still remained scarred and creased. The students were then asked to think about how the damaged piece of paper is representative of a person’s feelings. “It means when you say mean things to people, it stays in their hearts forever. Even if you say sorry, you can’t ever take back your words,” explained Messina.
Ms. Guarino’s class observed that even though they apologized to the paper and tried very hard to fix it, there were too many scars left behind for the paper to be mended. The lesson was intended to motivate the students to practice being bully blockers and to help spread kindness throughout the course of the year.
Pictured above from right to left are Giulia Brady and Joey Pipala as they think about how crumpled paper is similar to how our words impact others.
(Photos courtesy of Clark Public Schools)
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