October 5, 2021
By Kelli Gile, WVUSD Office of Community Resources
DIAMOND BAR, CA-- Evergreen Elementary fourth graders create simple games inspired by California Native Americans using natural resources.
“Students love this activity because it allows them to be creative, make a connection to our Social Studies content, interact with each other, and be able to learn outside,” shared teacher Katey Springsteen.
Unlike 21st century contests, the Diamond Bar students played catch with tiny rocks, took turns kicking a wooden wheel into a goal, dropped rocks into a maze fashioned out of sticks, balanced sticks on blades of grass, and raced to find hidden rocks.
“We get points by dropping the rock closest to the center,” explained Joanna Zhang and Angela Wang while playing the maze game.
“My mom helped me sand the wood so it would be smoother,” shared Aidan Ghiura who created a game out of scrap pieces of wood from home.
In another station, children rolled a clay cube with symbols directing players to spin, wiggle, jump, summersault, or “pat your head and rub your belly.”
“I rolled the teepee and am supposed to do a summersault – but I’d rather do a wiggle!” exclaimed Evan Tasker during the October 1 game fest.
“After a whole year of only learning on the computer, it was so refreshing and exciting to be able to watch my students do an activity in the real world!”