One of the greatest hidden treasures of my new school is Discovery Day.
Every Friday, each teacher offers a Discovery Day class for 45 min. Kinder and first grade are together then 2nd & 3rd and then 4th & 5th. Our special teachers and others join in the fun as well. So every Friday here are some of the choices that my firsties have....
- dot painting
- melty beads
- science experiment
- pattern blocks
- bird feeder
- puzzles and games
- music (often special program/guest
It sounds so crazy and complicated but it is a super simple set up. Each teacher creates popsicles sticks with their name and activity and delivers to teacher's boxes by Friday am. For ex. my class did dot painting. I only wanted 14 kids so I delivered 2 sticks to the 7 K/1 classrooms. On Friday morning, my students pick where they want to go. We usually have about 24 choices for the 20 students. The students then travel with their stick as their ticket in and have a fabulous time! It's a creative way to help students engage on Fridays. The school has seen a significant increase in attendance on Fridays this year. Let me know if you have any questions!