Friday, June 04, 2004

Field Day!

Field Day was a blast - and I am totally wiped out! The day was beautiful: clear and warm but not a drop of humidity. I spent first period cutting and tearing strips of colored cloth for the kids to wear to indicate their teams (which turned out not to be needed) and filling water balloons. Then we walked to a nearby park and the fun began.

The kids came up with clever, fun cheers for their teams, complete with choreography. Dizzy Bats was hilarious, kids so turned around they were taking trips all around the field. We took a break for lunch, then continued with the Human Knot (one team untangled themselves in under 30 seconds, which led to accusations of cheating, but I really think they just happened to figure it out quickly - and they were good cooperators), three-legged race, and wheelbarrow race. Next was tug o'war: the sixth grade contest was quick and not-too-competitive, but the seventh graders pulled each other back and forth several times before one team finally got the other across the line. It was so tense the whole school jumped up to cheer. Then we did the water balloon toss. The kids lined up in pairs, each person facing their partner. They started out close together, but every time they tossed the water balloon successfully to their partner, they'd take a step backwards. A bunch of kids had water balloons burst in their hands as they caught them. Each team entered five pairs, but in the end, we had one pair from each team remaining: perfect! They were about 15-20 feet away from each other at this point, and again the whole school was up and cheering.

We ended with a round of water balloon toss for the teachers and chaperones. We had a really great group of parents join us for the day - they took pictures, helped spot the kids for dizzy bats and some of the other events, kept an eye on everyone's belongings, and were just supercool. So we lined up in pairs and tossed water balloons at each other... The kids crowded around us. My favorite moment of the day was when a few seventh graders said, "I know what you should do, Ms. Frizzle! Measure the velocity of the balloon!" and "Let it transfer some momentum to you when you catch it!" Ahhhh! They have learned something! And they feel free to be completely geeky around me! Whoo-hoo! I was in one of the last pairs to survive - the balloon broke at my feet, so I didn't get too wet. The kids high-fived us afterwards.

It was a splendid day.


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I was searching for Elvis and somehow ended up in your blog, but you know I'm sure I saw Elvis in the supermarket yesterday.

No honest really, he was right there in front of me, next to the steaks singing "Love me Tender".

He said to me (his lip was only slightly curled) "Boy, you need to get yourself a shiny, new plasmatv to go with that blue suede sofa of yours.

But Elvis said I, In the Ghetto nobody has a plasma tv .

Dude I'm All Shook Up said Elvis. I think I'll have me another cheeseburger then I'm gonna go home and ask Michael Jackson to come round and watch that waaaay cool surfing scene in Apocalypse Now on my new plasma tv .

And then he just walked out of the supermarket singing. . .

"You give me love and consolation,
You give me strength to carry on "

Strange day or what? :-)

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