As we began our first week of third grade, the saints were given many opportunities to learn about each other, work together, and learn that every action has a consequence.
We started Tuesday morning by making sculptures of something memorable from summer break. Here are the things they created!
On Wednesday, the students had a chance to work in teams and create the tallest tower they could out of cups. I loved hearing the discussions around the room and seeing the students work together. At the end, we came together as a class, discussed what worked and what didn’t, and then tried to build a tower together. The students learned that we all have special talents and everyone has a special role to play in the classroom.
My favorite activity of the week was on consequences. We began by talking about consequences. Of course, the students only thought of negative consequences at first, but then we discussed how all actions have consequences, some positive and some negative. They gave great examples for both. I told them we had an activity that would have a consequence at the end, but they could not know the consequence until after I gave everything out and they had an action. The students were very excited and wanted to see what we the activity was! I gave each student a glove and then pulled out a bag of M&M’s. The students were ecstatic to see the candy come out! Each student was allowed to take out as many M&M’s as he/she would like, with a minimum of at least 5. Then the consequence came…they must write a 7-up sentence (a sentence with a minimum of 7 words and extra details) for each each M&M on their desk. Some students were very excited about the consequence (those with 10-20 M&M’s) and others were not as happy (those with over 40 M&M’s). As the week went by, each student worked on his/her sentences and I was able to get great writing samples. I am sure the students now have a very good understanding that every action has a consequence!