E. T. A LOCAL WAY OF LEARNING
Author: Jane Ducey
Eulalie R. Rivera Elementary School
Grade Level: 5-8
2. Ecosystem 1. Language Arts
3. Carrying Capacity 2. Social Studies
7. Land Use 3. Health
Students shall observe the schoolyard to see in what ways the children's needs
for recreational activities are being met, or are not being met. Students shall
be alert to how well children play together.
Teachers and other adults usually are the only ones who observe children at
play. However, at the elementary level social interaction provides learning for
living and later success in getting along and being happy in life. The
playground may be the setting for much of this drama.
Note pad and pencil.
1. Count or estimate the number of boys and girls playing on the campus at
this time of day. Boys: Girls: Time of day (before
school, during recess, after school, etc.):
What are the ages or grade levels of the children?
Is there a teacher supervising activities on the playground?
If yes, what is the teacher's name?
What does the teacher teach in this school?
What games are the boys playing?
What games are the girls playing?
What games are the boys and girls playing together, if any?
How many of the children seem to be "just standing around doing nothing?
Explain why you think they are just standing around?
2. What playground equipment is being used most frequently by the children?
What playground equipment is not being used by the children?
Explain why you think children are not using it?
3. Look carefully to see if there are boys and girls teasing or "picking on"
other boys and girls. If you find this happening, what do you think are
the reasons for the teasing, etc.?
B. Complete the following on a separate sheet of paper:
1. Identify other kinds of playground equipment you would like to have added
to the school ground which can be safely used by children.
2. What are some things you can do to make your school ground a safer and
better place to play?
3. List reasons why you think it is important for children to have good
playgrounds at school and time to use them.
4. Write an essay using the observations you have made.
5. Write a newspaper story (What's the difference? Remember the paper will cut
your story from the bottom if there is lack of space in the paper, so get your 5
W's and How, in the first paragraph, elaborate in the second paragraph, put
further detail in the third paragraph, etc.)
6. Can you draw or find plans for equipment using poles, pipes, tires or
packing cases to enhance the playground for the primary students?