The first graders were deeply engrossed in their strategic planning. Analyzing the next move took a great deal of patience and thought. One wrong move could change their entire future course. Luckily, it was all in the name of educational fun.
Marking the last day of school before spring break, Moreland Hills first grade teachers collaborated in creating the seventh annual Games of Strategy Day. The day offers the students an opportunity to work with each other and practice important strategies like problem-solving, visual-spatial thinking skills, and cooperation with others while engaging them in fun activities at the same time. Good sportsmanship is key -- students decide who goes first with a quick round of "rock, paper, scissors" and must shake hands at the end of a challenge to congratulate each other.
The day began with an individual classroom Mancala tournament and ended with a student vs. staff competition. Throughout the day, students participated in contests involving other games of strategy like Blokus, Batik, Sudoku, Domino Knockdowns, Bendomino, Katamino and Jigsaw puzzles. The first graders chose three of their favorite games and journeyed between classrooms to meet up with new friends and competitors. Congratulations to victor Jayden Park who won the entire Mancala tournament after a tough final round against Rachael Gerchikov, both having defeated MHS staff members!
Meanwhile, the kindergartners also got their heads in the game as they celebrated their annual Domino Day, dressing in dot-infused attire and strategizing over various domino games in their own wing at MHS!
To view all of the photos from today's Games of Strategy Day events, click here!
All in all, fun was had while minds were stretched before the long stretch away for spring break! Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and happy spring vacation...
Classes resume on Tuesday, April 7th!