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Beaded bracelets connect third-graders with their moods

Each color signifies an emotion

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.”

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter covering Byron Center, Caledonia, Godfrey-Lee, Kenowa Hills and Thornapple Kellogg. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News, covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry, before finding her calling in education reporting and landing at SNN. Alexis is also the author of a poetry chapbook, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”


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