5th Grade – Gateway Bingo
I finished my year off with the 5th Grade on Wednesday by playing Gateway Bingo. The kids made a 4 x 4 bingo board out of facts about the gateway drugs (see picture), and I gave away various STAR Program prizes to the winners (everyone won at least once by the end of class).
I was sorry to miss Mrs. Drange, and I hope she gets well soon. It was a great first year with these 5th graders, and I am already looking forward to seeing them next year.
6th Grade – DUI Goggles
My last lesson with the 6th Graders involved a fun activity with a serious message. The DUI goggles are exactly what they sound like: rubber goggles that simulate the vision of a person under the influence of alcohol. The lesson is a fun way to end my year with the 6th graders, but it also gives the students some very valuable perspective on the dangers of drinking and driving or being under the influence of a drug in public.
I took each class out onto the blacktop, and I ran each student through a variety of tasks with the goggles. The first task was to walk heel to toe down a line on the ground (this is the closest thing to an actual field sobriety test that we did during the activity). Once the student reached the end of the line, they had to try and catch a hacky sack (bean-bag) and then try and throw it back to me. Most students were unable to catch it, and most ended up missing the throwback by a mile. The last task was to try and kick a ball that I rolled towards them. Only a couple of kids per class were able to kick the ball.
Although this activity took time because the kids went through it one at a time, the kids were entertained by watching their classmates. After everyone was done, I finished the class by handing out STAR T-shirts.