K1 Activity 1 – WE ALL HAVE A PURPOSE

Introduction

A sense of belonging is absolutely necessary for our health and well-being. The fragile “roots of belonging” are planted and nurtured in the elementary years. It is a crucial time for students to feel their place and purpose in the school group. From these roots, the whole child blooms into a contributing member of community. IM4U challenges all of us to seek out our purpose and experience that purpose in our lives.


Description

Students watch the Let’s Stick Together puppet skit video and explore the concept of purpose by looking at a common object in many different ways and considering its many purposes.


Principle Overview

A sense of belonging is absolutely necessary for our health and well-being.The fragile “roots of belonging” are planted and nurtured in the elementary years. It is a crucial time for students to feel their place and purpose in the school group. From these roots, the whole child blooms into a contributing member of community. IM4U challenges all of us to seek out our purpose and experience that purpose in our lives.

Materials:

Goals and Objectives:

  • Describe how tape has a purpose to help things stick together.
  • Discuss how students can stick together as a classroom community.
  • Preview the Let’s Stick Together puppet skit video to better facilitate discussion.
  • Colored masking tape adds an exciting aspect to this activity!
  • Consider adding a “Wrapping Center” to your dramatic play center with small containers, recycled wrapping paper, scissors, tape, play cash register, and paper for orders and receipts.
  • You might use student pictures to create a class book titled, “WE ALL HAVE A PURPOSE.
Cooperation and teamwork are integral skills for creating a sense of community. When students discover the benefits of working in groups, they learn how cooperation promotes a feeling of purpose and helps everyone feel like they are a part of a learning community. Working with others encourages important learning skills such as listening, communicating, taking turns, and participating with the group. Group work can increase creativity, problem solving, and help with difficult tasks. When we work as a team, we can win together.

  • Throughout the unit activities, review skills that are important for cooperation. For example:
    • Listen to everyone in the group.
    • Take turns.
    • Do your part.
    • Say encouraging words.
  • You might allow students to complete this activity in small cooperative groups and encourage them to share their experiences working in a group.
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Activity Steps

PART 1

  • Connector.

    Start with an exploration of tape. Bring several examples of types of tape to your discussion time. Encourage students to examine and play (use, create, make things) with the various types of tape, providing enough time so that they can make observations. Ask:

    How are they the same?
    How are they different?

  • Connector.

    Invite students to talk about all the different ways tape is used and how it makes things stick together. Ask: How did you use the tape? How have you used tape in the past? What does tape do?

  • Connector.

    Play the introduction to the Let’s Stick Together puppet skit video that talks about the importance of sticking together. Then, watch the video in its’ entirety together.

  • Connector.

    After watching the video, you might ask:

    How do we stick together?
    How do we help when someone is frightened or hurt?
    What can we do?

PART 2 (on another day)

  • Connector.

    Provide students with more time to play with the different types of tape. Then, discuss the attributes of tape by asking the students to describe tape. Discuss how different objects are used collaboratively to get a job done with tape, like tape and a piece of paper, tape and a balloon. Shift the focus from tape to other objects that go together, like peanut butter, jelly and bread, milk and cookies, brakes, tires, and handlebars, etc.

  • Connector.

    Next, introduce the concept of “purpose.” Relate this concept to the discussion above about special attributes. Ask students to share a purpose they have at home:

    Ask:
    What are some special attributes you have that you could use to work with others to “stick together” to get a job done?
    How do you help?
    What do you do?
    Do you have a job in the family activities?


    This can lead into a discussion of their purpose at school. Ask:
    What is your purpose at school?
    How do you help or share?
    How do you use cooperation or teamwork?
    How do you stick together?


    Point out that our first purpose may be to stick together and help each other.

  • Connector.

    Invite students to draw pictures and write down special attributes and purposes of themselves and others and create a class WE ALL HAVE A PURPOSE chart or bulletin board.

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