Fast forward, I told Shelly I wanted to organize our last little buddy math time and I knew two things: outdoors and bubbles. Not much math was included in my thinking. Enter super smart 5th graders. I tossed out my two ideas, and they came up with four rotations including bubbles, an obstacle course, swings and the slide. A perfect combination for fun, data, and little buddies. I did not create anything for our buddy day. The students created all the graphs for the day. 5th graders figured out the stations, the rules, the tool for collecting data and learned how to modify activities for first graders. Why did it take me so long to learn so many important lessons about little buddies?
And here is my favorite picture of the day - a constant reminder of the importance of stepping out and enjoying the little things in life like bubbles.