6 Rain or Shine Classroom Activities
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After hours of talking and walking around the room, it is finally time for recess! That blessed time of the day when you can finally get a break to sit down. However, the weather has been unpredictable and you don’t know if it is going to rain or be sunny? Do you stay inside or go outside? Not to worry, we have created a list of rain or shine classroom activities your students can do!
This activity is unique in the sense that it has to be raining outside. Get a large bowl or individual cups and place them outside in the rain an hour before you plan to use them. If it is raining a lot outside, you can leave the cups outside for half an hour or so. While the cups are gathering rain, set out paper, paper towels, paint, and paintbrushes. By the time you finish setting up, your cups will be full of rainwater. Now students can paint beautiful pictures with their rainwater.
We highly recommend getting washable paint or watercolour as it will be easier to clean up. Why use rainwater instead of sinkwater? The answer to that is a sink uses twenty gallons of water per person a day, and that’s just in a regular household. By collecting rainwater, you are helping save gallons of water. Additionally, this is a great way to teach students about the water cycle and becoming economically friendly. It is also a fun alternative to regular water, and when they go home, they can say that they painted with the rain!
Play-Doh, fun to play with, not to eat, is a super entertaining activity and your students will love it! This activity is recommended as an indoor activity, but if you plan to use play-doh outside, be prepared to have it covered with dirt and gravel. What is Play-Doh? Play-Doh is an American toy modelling compound used for younger children for art, crafts, and projects. Yes, it is a toy but it could also be a learning tactic.
Teachers have noticed students who play with Play-Doh develop motor skills as they create different shapes and use tools to flatten, roll, and squish the dough. These motions are building strength in their hands. As well as enhances their hand-eye coordination as they use tools when modelling the dough. Play-Doh allows students to create anything they imagine and helps with their social skills as they want to tell you what they are making. There are also multiple recipes online, and you can make your own Play-Doh at home!
Balloon volleyball is a super fun indoor and outdoor game that all ages can enjoy. Start by creating two teams on either side of the “net” and hit the balloon back and forth without letting it hit the floor. For those playing inside, consider marking the floor with a piece of tape for the net and pushing the desks over to create more space. For those playing outdoors, consider making a line with chalk or lining sticks to symbolize the net. Another fun balloon game is to keep the balloon in the air. Similar to balloon volleyball, the students must keep the balloon in the air without letting it hit the ground. However, this game can be played individually for more introverted students to participate as well. This game can be played both indoors and outdoors, just make sure to pick up all the balloons when you’re finished!
Origami is a great activity for students to keep their hands busy and can be done both indoor and outdoor. Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures. It is proven to improve hand-eye coordination and meditation. All you need is a sheet of paper to do origami, making it one of the most accessible and convenient activities. Origami is a peaceful hobby, but for a beginner, it can be intimidating. Do not be discouraged, it will take some practice! Origami animals are a great start for a beginner, and it allows students to view animals in an abstract form.
Board games are the ultimate pastime and a must-have in your classroom! If you are teaching abroad, make sure you bring your favourite games from home because odds are your students may have never played or heard of it before. You can get board games super cheap at thrift stores but make sure all the pieces are there. The best part about board games is everyone is welcome to play! Board games will allow your students to build friendships and interact with new people. Students learn how to take turns and develop patience (some students develop patience faster than others).
Students gain confidence and create a happy environment. By playing board games at a young age, students quickly develop what kind of friends they want. If one student is cheating and being a bad sport, children are less likely to play with them and not want to be their friend. Whereas, if one student is playing by the rules and cheering on the other players, children are more likely to play with them again and want to be their friends. Teachers can also use board games to review lessons and engage their students.
Who doesn’t love a good puzzle? No matter what year you are teaching, it is always a great idea to have a puzzle or two in your classroom. Solving puzzles is a wonderful brain activity as it exercises both your right and left side of the brain. Puzzles allow children to develop an eye for detail which they take with them into adulthood. Children can improve their spatial reasoning, which is the ability to think about and manipulate objects in three dimensions. This skill is an essential part of art, math, physical education, and science. Puzzles help students improve their memory to reduce short-term memory. Students who spend twenty-five minutes on a puzzle daily can increase their IQ by four points. Puzzles can also promote teamwork if more than one student wants to do a puzzle. You can never go wrong with a puzzle!
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Rights concerning the processing of your personal information
- Right to restrict processing of personal information
- In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. We may restrict your personal information by temporarily moving the information to another processing system, making the information unavailable to users, or temporarily removing published information from a website. We may also use technical methods to ensure the personal information is not subject to further processing and cannot be changed. When we have restricted processing of personal information, this will be clearly indicated on our systems.
- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.