When October 31st falls during the school week, elementary teachers are usually in for a spirited day. Many schools choose to promote literacy on this day by allowing students to dress-up as vocabulary words. Elvin Hill Elementary has done similar activities in the past but this year wanted to try something new. Instead of students dressing up, the faculty and staff were the ones wearing the costumes.
Garbed in all black, each employee came to school on Halloween ready to put on their dots and find their match. You see, the administration, faculty, staff, and student teachers at EHES were all dressed as Dominos. Each employee was given a specific number of dots to make the top and bottom portions of a domino, as well as, directions for where to put them. Each domino had an inverse and it was the students’ job to help teachers identify their match among the other employees.
This activity was an enjoyable way to get the students involved in reviewing math skills such as counting, quick recognition of grouping, matching, and even fractions. It also allowed faculty and staff to model soft skills such as collaboration, problem solving, and unity.