Today we played a ball game. The students were divided into three groups and each group was given a ball. They were then told they were going to play a game without me telling them the rules, but if they broke the rules they had to sit down. After several students broke the unknown rules, and there was still no winner, the students began to give me rules. This time there were so many rules that it seemed whoever touched the ball was out because they broke the rules. We finally played with a few basic rules and everyone was able to play and we had a team winner. We then briefly discussed why we have rules and where we have rules. The students agreed that it is important to have rules and it is much easier and more fun to know what they are so everyone can play. (This conversation will continue into the next couple weeks as we begin to discuss rules for cities and who helps enforce those rules.)
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