Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School Hosts Cardboard Arcade Night

getPart (11)Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School third-grade students recently participated in a lesson focused on the themes of childhood games, creativity and imagination based off of the documentary film Caine’s Arcade by Nirvan Mullick, which focuses on a nine-year old boy from Los Angeles, California, who built an intricate arcade out of cardboard boxes and tape.
To prepare, students discussed their toys and games in small groups, and then, as a class, discussed the types of games and toys they invented in their lives. After that, students watched the film twice – taking notes on Caine’s inventions and the people in the film and how they relate to the story. As a class, they discussed the life lessons that can be learned from Caine’s Arcade, such as having a passion, being totally committed, never giving up, taking initiative, using what they have, and seizing opportunities when they present themselves.
As a culminating activity, the students created their own arcade games and wrote a report which expressed the valuable life lessons learned that can help them to achieve their dreams and become successful citizens. They also gathered for a family event to showcase all of their creativity. The students involved were from Kim Vecchio’s, Debbie Cooke’s, Carrie Farra’s, Jessica Giovanettone’s, Kristine Beringer’s and Dina Matty’s classes.

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