Godfrey-Lee — Bridget Hannink came up with the idea to combine social and emotional learning with bracelet making.
The Godfrey Elementary third-grade teacher wrote a list of words on the white board for her students to choose from such as loved, grateful, brave, calm and safe. They used letters and colorful beads to spell out the word they chose to make a mood meter bracelet.
“The students choose their own words and that’s how they hope their year will go,” Hannink said. “I hope it creates positivity in the classroom and helps them better understand the words we’re learning.”
Third-grader Abigail Gonzalez-Lopez said she chose the word “happy” for her mood meter bracelet because she’s a happy person.
“If I wasn’t happy I’d be sad,” she said.
Abigail’s solution for when the word on her bracelet is not how she’s feeling: “Get a little happy from playing at recess with my cousins.”
One of her classmates said he chose the word “focus” because he wanted to stay focused at school all year.
Third-grader Claudia Mendoza-Vanegas combined her favorite color with her favorite word to make her bracelet.
“I want to be helpful with my class and help them at school,” she said. “I also want to help my teacher clean up after messes.”