Ms. Andrea Love Art and Gifted Educator
On Monday and Tuesday of this week we did something a little different to take a break form the Scratch coding. Students were subjected to an online game called, Kindness Kingdom, It's Cool To Be Kind. Students enjoyed working on our "It's Cool to Be Kind" simulation online. "The digital world creates new challenges and opportunities for social interaction, for kids and all the rest of us. Social cues can be harder to read online, constant connecting can bring both comfort and anxiety, and anonymity can fuel crushes and compliments as well as harm to self and others." (It's Cool to Be Kind Curriculum)
The game, "It's Cool to Be Kind" was a great way to help the students learn how to share kindness within the game. It was fun to watch them collect hearts and then give the hearts to the sad little icons along with helping the bully shrink from huge to small by giving the bully lots of kind words.
The students loved playing the online kindness game and continued to the other worlds after printing their certificate.
On Tuesday, we had a four part writing prompt: See the photo..................>
Students wrote their thoughts in their composition books and we discussed our thoughts as a group. After our very deep discussion, Ms. Love gave a slip of paper with a scenario for them to discuss with a partner. The three groups discussed the options and then we came back to our group and went over their decisions of the scenarios. The sixth graders also gave their feedback in a video of what they learned while playing the game and what they thought was unique about the game. (See Class Dojo for the video) Several really enjoyed the set up of the game, the animation and how the programmer uniquely programmed the game as an important learning lesson of how to help a bully become less aggressive.
Being kind to others is not always easy and it is extremely hard while online. I enjoyed the students comments of how they have helped others walk away and/or block those that are being hurtful and/or harmful online. What thoughtful friends we have in the sixth grade!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and be safe,
Boonville Talented and Gifted Program