The goal of the activity was to embody, or take on, the practice of PLAY within our own practice and to have a better understanding of how to introduce PLAY to our students.
The first group focused on the Life Cycle of a Pumpkin, while the other group focused on The Great Chicago Fire. In Math and Science, students have been learning about the Life Cycle of a Pumpkin and even had the opportunity to visit Siegel's Pumpkin Farm, so the teachers felt it was necessary to make a connection between what they have been learning in the classroom and how to incorporate PLAY into it. From there, teachers used the materials to physically design the Life Cycle of a Pumpkin. In Reading and Social Studies, students have been learning all about Chicago and how it came to be. For two weeks, we focused on the Great Chicago Fire and how although it was a tragedy, something good came out of it. Teachers used the materials to Rebuild Chicago and show what a city needs to be successful in preventing future fires.
My grade level felt it was definitely an activity that emphasized how PLAY can be incorporated in 2nd and 3rd grade. Just like the teachers, the students will be given the opportunity to explore and discover new ways of gaining knowledge through PLAY.