I visited the LCE 6th Grade for the last time on Thursday. We were supposed to be outdoors, but mother nature forced us indoors for most of the morning. Thankfully, we didn’t do too much damage with all of the throwing and kicking…
This lesson involves 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 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 we were done, the kids also got a STAR T-shirt as a thanks for their time with me the last couple of years. Thanks to everyone for another great year!