This week, our focus will be on analyzing solutions, which means looking at different ways to solve a problem and coming up with multiple solutions. Examples of this might include listening to others’ suggestions about how to solve a math problem, or how to work together on a group project. Here are some great ways to practice analyzing solutions at school:
- Take the time to figure out if an answer you came up with is the right one. Are there other ways you could have answered the question?
- Double check your work.
- If you have a disagreement with a classmate, talk it out!
Our game of the week this week is Let’s Go Fishing. Find the video below!
This week, our focus will be on cooperation, which means working together to complete a goal. To practice cooperation, everyone should participate and be an active member of the group. Here are some great ways to practice cooperation at school:
- Step back during class to make sure others have a chance to participate. Step up to help someone and make sure you are always an active member in class.
- If you notice someone else needs help, or needs a partner, go out of your way to ask them to join you.
Our game of the week this week is Iron Lungs. Try it on and play! Scroll down to find the video.
Here is the Brain Break of the week!
April 12, 2021
This week, our focus is on offering help, which means providing support to someone when you notice they need help. Here are some great ways to offer help at school:
- Lend a pencil to a classmate if they need it, help a classmate clean up their desk, help a classmate solve a hard math problem.
- Explain the rules of a game to a classmate who has never played before.
- Tie a friend’s shoelace if you see it’s untied!
Our game of the week this week is Birds Nest. Try it on!
March 29, 2021
This week, our focus will be on positive language. Positive language means using words that are kind, supportive, and encouraging. Here are some great ways to practice positive language at school:
- Tell a classmate they did a great job when presenting to the class.
- Tell your teacher that you appreciate when they spend extra time helping you after class.
- When playing with a friend or classmate, tell them “you got this!” as they try a new game for the first time. Give them a “good job, nice try!” if they are less successful.
Our game of the week this week is Superstar. Scroll Down to find the Game!Try it on!
Brain Break of the Week:
March 22, 2021
This week, our focus is on communication, which means sharing information through speaking, listening, writing, reading, sign language, or body language. These are the ways that we share and receive information. Here are some great ways to practice communication at school:
- Make sure you sit up straight and have good eye contact with your teacher! This communicates that you’re paying attention and ready to learn.
- Smile at classmates and say hello when they get to class or join a game.
- When playing with classmates and friends, cheer them on when they have done a good job. If you notice a classmate or friend needs help with the rules of a game, try explaining it to them using new communication skills you have learned.
Our game of the week this week is Line of Silence. Try it on!
Brain Break for the Week
March 15, 2021
This week, our focus will be on teamwork. Teamwork means working together in a group to achieve a goal or purpose, where everyone has a part. Here are some great ways to practice teamwork at school:
- Help a classmate make sure all the books in the classroom library are in the right spot.
- When playing with classmates or friends, make sure everyone has a turn! For example, when playing soccer, pass the ball to a friend and let them try to score.
Our game of the week this week is Pulse. See Below for Video Instructions on how to play.
Here is the Brain Break of the week:
March 8, 2021
This week our focus will be on playing fair, which means making sure games are being played honestly and equitably so that all students can enjoy them. Here are some great ways to practice playing fair at school:
- Take turns volunteering to help your teacher with class jobs.
- When playing with classmates and friends, take turns and make sure everyone has a turn to play.
Our game of the week this week is Concentration Ball. Try it on!
March 1, 2021
This week, our focus is on conflict resolution, which means ensuring that disagreements or decisions can be settled in a fair and respectful way. Here are some great ways to practice conflict resolution while at school:
- When you and another student need to make a decision but you disagree, try playing a quick game of Rock Paper Scissors, otherwise known as Ro Sham Bo. Reminder: Rock Paper Scissors is played only once when using it as a conflict resolution tool!
- If you and a student race to a cone and get there at the same time, play Rock Paper Scissors to decide who will be considered successful.
Our game of the week this week is Rock Paper Scissors Party. Try it on! See Below for Video!
Brain Break fof the Week!
February 22, 2021
This week, our focus will be on accepting help from others. Accepting help from others means to identify when you need help, ask for it, and allow others to help you. Here are some great ways you can accept help from others at school:
- If you don’t know what a word means, ask for an explanation.
- Try out a new game! Look for kids playing a game that you’ve never played before and ask them to explain it to you.
Our game of the week this week is Charades Relay. Try it on! See below for the video link.
Brain Break of the week!
February 15, 2021
This week, our focus will be on building community. We build community by appreciating each other and making everyone feel included. Here are some great ways to practice building community at school:
- Remember to tell your friends and classmates what you appreciate about them.
- Invent a classroom cheer.
- Invite someone who you don’t normally play with to join you in a game.
Our game of the week this week is Four Corners. Try it on! To find the video of th game, scroll down.
Brain Break for this week:
February 8, 2021
This week, our focus will be on perspective taking. Perspective taking means thinking about how someone else might think or feel about something. Here are some great ways to practice perspective taking here at school:
- Before talking to a classmate, think about how they will feel about what you are about to tell them. Will your information make them excited? Happy? Sad?
- If you are more successful in a game, think about how your celebration might make the person that is less successful feel?
Our game of the week this week is Animals in Action. Try it on at the morning meeting. To find the video of the game, scroll down.
Brain Break for this week:
February 1, 2021
This week, our focus will be on respect, which means showing admiration or appreciation for someone’s abilities, qualities, or achievements. Here are some great ways to practice respect here at school:
- Pick a friend/classmate and think about something you admire or like about them. Tell them when you get a chance.
- During a game, cheer for other players, whether they are on your team or not.
Our game of the week this week is Dance Move. Try it on with your friends! (See below for video example!)
January 25, 2021
This week, our focus will be on appreciating diversity, which means recognizing that we have many things in common with others and also have things that are different, including our interests, cultures, and how we look. We are a stronger community because of those differences. Here are some great ways to appreciate diversity at school:
- Check out a book from the library that has a main character that comes from a different culture than your culture.
- When we’re playing together, choose a new classmate as a partner. What new things can you learn about people you don’t normally play with?
Our game of the week this week is I Love My Neighbor. Try it on! (See Below for Video Example)