Character Growth A Team Effort At Fairfield

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Together, kindergartners and fifth-graders are growing socially and emotionally at Fairfield Elementary School in the Massapequa School District.

Fairfield Elementary School kindergartners and fifth-graders worked together to build freestanding towers using only provided supplies.
(Photo courtesy of the Massapequa School District)


Students in Allison Martin’s kindergarten class and Peggy Meininger’s fifth-grade class come together at least once a month as social and emotional learning, or “SEL” buddies. They read a book together, which is then followed up with a hands-on, small-group activity.

The social and emotional learning buddies completed a hands-on challenge after reading their SEL book of the month for May, Going Places.
(Photo courtesy of the Massapequa School District)

For May, the two classes read Going Places by Peter and Paul Reynolds. Themes of the book include creative ability, imagination and teamwork. After reading the book, the two classes went outside and worked together to build a freestanding tower. Each group included both kindergartners and fifth-graders and they had to work together to build a structure that could stand up on its own, using 20 sticks of spaghetti, string, tape and one marshmallow.

—Submitted by the Massapequa School District

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