We also spent time collaborating on the 4th Grade "Essential Agreements". After everyone shared what they felt would be good ways to act in order to have a positive classroom environment with the goal to learn, we narrowed down our agreements to three things; 1. Be responsible for yourself and your things. 2. Respect and care for everybody and everything. 3. Work hard and do your job.
We also had a fun building challenge to get everyone communicating ideas together in groups and help build friendships, unity and friendly competition in our classroom. The challenge was to build a structure as high as they could using only spaghetti noodles and marshmallows that would also be able to survive an earthquake. Here they are in action!