My last day of the year at St Bede was last Monday; here is what we did:
4th and 5th Grade – Patrol Car Experience
My time with the 4th and 5th Grade was pretty simple: I parked the patrol car on the playground and let them play around in it. Each student was able to sit in the front and back seats for a period of time. The 4th Grade hopped in the front and back of the car and then we played dress up with a bunch of my LASD equipment. The 5th Grade had the added bonus of getting handcuffed before they got into the back seat, and once I released them they were able to make some noise in the front of the car.
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 the 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.
7th Grade – STAR Trivia
I finished the year with the 7th Grade with a fun trivia game.
STAR Trivia is a review exercise, but it also gives me an excuse to hand out candy to the kids.
I break the students into groups, and I put some categories related to different topics I have taught up on the board. Each group picks a question off the board, and if they get it right, everyone in the group gets a candy. I make the first round easy, but after that things get more difficult. If they are feeling lucky, they can pick one of the “Super Hard” questions and try for two candies each (not too many kids got those ones right).
Its a nice way to say bye to the kids for the year, and they obviously like it because of the candy.
I feel very fortunate to be the STAR Deputy at St Bede, and I look forward to seeing the students and staff again next school year.