Have you played RD with your kiddos? Not sure what it is? Read about it here from Martina Bex.
My Middles love it! Especially the competitive students and here are a few reasons why I love it:
- My students are up and moving.
- They have to work as a team.
- It brings out the very best in my kids. Everyone gets a chance to shine: the artists, the athletes, the high flyers, the kids who are tired of sitting still.
- Everyone is having fun (except maybe the other grown ups in the building…)
- They are revisiting the language in an engaging and novel way.
The key is to find a safe open space where you can make some noise because let’s face it, how fun is a silent relay race? We’ve done the traditional race, this extension and the Story Towers extension.
When I introduce this game to my 7th graders it’s just the BEST THING EVER. They beg to play it all the time. When I use it again in their 8th-grade year sometimes I get mixed reactions. It’s still super fun, engaging, and beneficial BUT there’s always that one kid/group/class. You know what I’m talking about.
My 8th graders only played it once last semester and I was a tiny bit bummed about how it went with one of my classes. I mean, I can’t make them be enthusiastic. I can’t make them smile, cheer and have fun. That’s up to them. Nonetheless, I’m bringing it back and this time with a twist!
It’s really hard to improve on a fun activity like this, especially when Martina has already given us those great extensions. Here are my ideas for keeping it novel:
- Skipping (this may get me some eye rolls).
- Walking like a duck.
- Crab Crawl.
- 2 person balloon race.
Since this is a particularly challenging group to impress I think I’m going to go straight to number 4.
Check out this video I found on YouTube and imagine your students trying this variation:
See you at the next Puente.