## SpongeBob Safety Rules and Scenarios Activity

Materials:

• SpongeBob® Safety Rules and Scenarios Activity Teacher’s Edition (pptx)
• this power point can be modified as needed
• 47 slides with answers for each scenario
• Scenarios – Student Handout/Notes (pdf)
• one laminated set per group  (4 slides per page pdf)
• 2 sided handout for each student to keep in notes (9 slides per page pdf)
• Pencils and highlighters

Procedures Part 1:

Prior to the students starting the activity on their own, I read the scenarios out loud for the class. As I read the text, students independently made a light pencil mark in each paragraph to indicate broken safety rules – anything that they thought might be an infraction. After I read the story, they worked with their partner to find the broken safety rules using the task cards. After a few minutes, I modeled the first broken safety rule to make sure everyone was on the right track and understood the directions.

1. Each student will have a handout with all 5 of the scenarios.
2. Each group will have one set of safety rule task cards.
3. Groups will need to identify the safety rules that were not followed for Scenario #1 and pull the safety rule task cards related to Scenario #1. The rules that were not broken will be placed in a pile to the side.
4. Students will lightly underline where the rules weren’t followed in their notes and write the number of the rule for each violation along with a brief 2-3 word description of the rule that was broken in the margin of their notes.
5. Once they have found and identified all the safety violations for Scenario 1, they will do the same for Scenarios #2-5.
6. Students will find as many of the 18 violations as they can.
• I don’t tell the students how many safety violations there are, then they can use process of elimination for the last scenario, I tell them that each safety rule task card will be used at least once so they know that there are at least 16 violations to find.

Procedures Part 2:

1. Once the groups have completed the 5 scenarios, they will share their findings with the class.
2. On the ppt, advance to Scenario 1.
3. Ask one group to start – What was the first safety violation in this scenario? Which rule did SpongBob’s crew break?
4. Advance the slide and the answer will be highlighted in either yellow or green font (see image below).
5. The number in parenthesis is the safety rule number.
6. All students will use a highlighter to highlight the phrase and make corrections if needed.
7. Ask the next group if there are any other violations in the scenario, if so, what is the next one?
8. Each group will contribute an answer until all of them have been identified for Scenario 1.
9. Do the same for scenarios 2-5.

• The original worksheet for this activity is from ScienceSpot.net (pdf)
• Interactive Notebook version of this worksheet (pdf)
• Marcia has some nice additional activities for Safety on her website (link)
• This ppt was modified from the original source found at (link)
• SpongeBob SquarePants® and all related characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

## First Day of School – Science Classroom Scavenger Hunt

The first day of school is always so exciting and the kids are eager to explore their new surroundings. As part of my first-day procedures, along with expectations and all the things I need to cover/explain, I like to do a scavenger hunt. This usually takes place during the last 20 minutes of the class period (we have 50 min periods) to help students become familiar with their new classroom, satisfy their curiosities, and burn off some of that energy.

While the students are completing the scavenger hunt, it really gives me a glimpse into the dynamics of each class. Some students like to work alone, some like to work with a partner, some are super focused and task driven, some students prioritize what they want to find first and make a plan, some students are more relaxed and let the answers find them as they walk around making quiet observations, some students pair up and find half of the items and share their information, some will trade answers for things they can’t find. It is really interesting to watch it unfold.

The scavenger hunt will continue into the first 10 minutes of the second class and then we will go over the answers. (If they don’t find all the answers, that is OK, it isn’t graded.) Each student checks their work, making corrections as needed. (This also gives me a good segway into talking about corrections – many students view corrections as something they did ‘wrong’ and I want them to view them as opportunities.) This will stay in their notebook and can be used for reference. There are always a few tricky ones that very few students have correct, for example, the outlets for the laptops are hanging from the ceiling on rolled up extension cords – we don’t use the wall outlets.

Just for fun, at the end, I have all the students stand up. We then determine who found the most items. If they have 5 or more correct, they stay standing, if not, they sit down. We continue until the last person is left standing for each class. I write their name on the board and write “Sally – 25”.

To view my version of Scavenger Hunt handout click on the image above or here (pdf)