History of Things

This year in order to help students understand the importance of history, I assigned a project called The History of Things. Students chose a topic of interest and began to research. What a great experience this has been, students have learned so much about their chosen topic, students have learned from each other and I have learned from my students. Did you ever wonder how the Eiffel Tower became the center piece of Paris, or perhaps you would like to know how the iconic Disney World got its start, or is all that glitters and shines like diamonds more your style? Do you love those crispy snacks, potato chips, do you where glasses, are you a fashionista who loves the latest Converse or an athlete who loves sports and sports wear? I’ve posted a few of these projects below, all students have posted their final projects on their blogs, be sure to check them out!

 

A Call to Service

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'”

Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.

Monday when we are out of school to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I have challenged my students to find some way during some part of their day to serve others. This could be something as simple as cleaning out their closet and donating things they’ve out grown to a local charity with a clothes closet, or helping mom or dad around the house, raking leaves for a neighbor, anything that would be a service to others. Students remember to leave a comment about your act of service or write it down on paper and bring it to class, I can’t wait to discuss in class on Tuesday all of the creative ways you found to be of service to others.

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WELCOME 2017

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We have had a fabulous start to 2017! It’s hard to believe that the school year is halfway over! Your students have grown so much and will continue to grow thoughout this second semester. Be sure to check out their blog posts “2017” and see what they are most exited about this new year!

This next week students will be completing their “History of Things” projects, this is something we have been working on since last semester. Students will be presenting with a program called Prezi, I’m looking forward to seeing them bring all of their hard work to life with this program. Final projects must be completed by January 18th! 

Sharing the Gift of Reading

What an amazing time we had yesterday as we shared the gift of reading with our PreK friends. Our fifth graders had a wonderful time reading to their PreK buddies and we all learned the true meaning of the saying “It is better to give than to receive” The video captures some of the MAGIC, please watch and enjoy! A huge THANK YOU to all of our 5th grade families who helped us make this such a huge success! May each of you have a very Merry Christmas!

Colonial Project Share

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Students have spent the past few weeks learning about Colonial America. On their Choice Board they were given the options of creating a travel brochure, designing a board game, or writing a newspaper about their colony. Today we shared those projects in small groups. Students showed fabulous creativity as well as incredible knowledge about their subject matter! Amazing work 5th grade!