Last week, students started DARE with Officer Fulton. In the first lesson, they were working on Resistance Strategies. Students were given a situation by Officer Fulton that they had to use resistance strategies to overcome.
In Social Studies this quarter, our essential question is "What lasting effects have travel and interactions had on the spread of culture?" In the student's language, "Why does history matter?" We have been looking at lasting effects of historical events to prove "Why history matters," specifically, exploration, the 13 colonies, and the American Revolution/Revolutionary War.
Students collaborated in groups and wrote lasting effects for each event on post-it. Groups shared out and students critiqued each other's answers. It was great to see students ask for more details or to be more specific and clear!
Students also worked with the Foundry Gurus to create Fraction Pizzas based on their given situations. Students had to answer critical thinking questions about their pizzas, create equations, and write a follow-up word problem that relates to their original situation. Students did a great job thinking critically, collaborating, and persevering!
Healthy eating is always a hot topic in education. Our District Food Services Department came to our school and put on a healthy eating cooking class. The selected students made black bean and corn salsa, and the rest of the students got to try it at lunch. I had the opportunity to try it too and it was yummy! I've included the recipe below so you can make it at home too!
One of our school Habits of Mind is "Collaborate." We teach, live, and breath collaboration. One of the ways we teach socialization, problem-solving, and conflict resolution is by game day on Fridays. Students form groups and play a variety of old-fashioned board games. They laugh, smile, and enjoy collaborating and socializing.
I also started "Peer Tutoring" within my math classroom. The tutors are demonstrating that they really understand the content at a deep level by teaching it to their classmates who have yet to master the topic. I think Peer Tutoring also helps students learn compassion and that everyone has strengths and weaknesses. The students do a wonderful job collaborating and learning from each other!
I also teach and practice collaboration (and math skills) through games within my content. Again, this is a great opportunity for students to learn through each other. The game below was practicing changing improper fractions to mixed numbers (NF 5.4). I found this resource here.
We also played a game called "Closest to 25" to practice adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers (NF5.1). This website has tons of great critical-thinking, collaborative activities.
Students also collaborate and then have to present their work to the class. I think adding the presentation aspect to assignments adds another dimension of critical-thinking and mastery.
Happy Collaborating Everyone!
Each quarter, the Fifth Grade Teacher Team meets and decides on criteria for the quarterly incentive. Our requirements for the Second Quarter included no more than 8 behavior checks, no missing Anchor Assignments, and no more than 5 missing homework assignments at the end of the quarter.
Students who met the requirements and turned in their fee and permission slip on time were permitted to go on a bowling trip! We had a great time!
Hello wonderful friends! I have been a horrible blogger lately, but I promise to do better this year!
To promote Computer Science, our building participated in a Week of Code. Here are my students showing off their coding skills!
We also had a four-legged visitor, Putter.
We completed an Economics Unit that lead up to our School-wide Signature Events. To learn about types of resources, we made dirt pudding. Yum!
And then Gallery Hop! Students created a business, produced a good, and sold their product. All proceeds went to the Hemispherectomy Foundation-a charity chosen by the students!
And I promised I would include this on the blog, so here it is...Thanks Malachai and Malachai's Mom! myfox28columbus.com/good-day-columbus/school-shout-out-former-teacher-left-lasting-impression
Many teachers use stations in their classroom. In fact, as I did instructional rounds last week, most of the teachers in my building were running stations. I use stations to review before tests. I created 10 stations that reviewed NBT 5.1 - 5.7. I made sure each station had clear directions and all the materials, so that students could work without my guidance. This was the first time this class worked in stations this year, and overall I was very happy with the critical thinking and collaboration!
Before stations each day, I reviewed the Matrix the students helped make. This set the tone for the period.
Here are some of the station activities:
My students play the game Powerlines and LOVE the challenge. I found this printable version that uses decimals! It was super easy to find materials and set up.
To challenge students' critical thinking skills, I purchased Logic Puzzles. This was one of the more difficult stations for students as they weren't used to the language and process of solving a logic puzzle. The kids collaborated and persevered and met the challenge by the end!
Mini Seek n Solve
I create whole-class versions of the Seek n Solve (Click Here), but wanted a mini version for station work. I found these task cards that I liked because they were challenging word problems. I taped the answers to the bottom of cards and voila! A mini Seek n Solve.
Round & Roll
Data trends showed that we needed to review decimal rounding. This was a super successful (and fun!) activity to do so.
Yummy Math has a TON of open-ended math questions. I love this one because students had to compare, order, add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals while justifying who they thought was the best NBA player ever.
I would love to hear some of the successes you have had with stations! What are your favorite resources?
Have a super week everyone!!
At our school, students spend one day a week exploring a topic of their choosing. They then have to present their learning in a fun and engaging way. In fifth grade, we scaffold this a bit, so students have some more support and guidance before they choose their own path. This is the first round of Genius Hour projects and so far, they are pretty good! Here are a few example projects:
This student used Powtoon to teach us about photography:
This student used our green screen to create a video about skiing:
A student presented origami, and then taught us to make origami dogs!
To help us with our golf games, this student recorded us swinging our golf clubs, and then used an app to help us improve!
I love cats! This student created a comic book using his cat as the superhero! I can't wait to read the sequel!
I love the creativity shown so far! I can't wait to see the next round of Genius Hour projects next week!
WOWSA it has been awhile since I've posted! This quarter has been great, but busy and our blog has suffered! I am so sorry and will do a better job in the future. In the meantime, allow me to catch you up on our quarter...
A retired teacher parent volunteer came in to teach Math 2 about Movement Math! What great fun!
Students found another unconventional seating arrangement.
Officer Morton and Junior from the K9 Unit spoke to the Fifth and Sixth graders at our first Lunch and Learn.
We ended the quarter with our PBIS behavior incentive at Lazer Kraze!
In Social Studies class, we completed our geography unit with a "Map About Me" project. Here is the checklist & rubric I used to assess the students. Students not only had to create a map meeting the constraints of the project, but also had a writing assignment in ELA that tied the two subjects together. The maps turned out pretty great!
In my first math class, we started rounding. I found this awesome game, Closest to 4.99, found here. I use this website all the time. Their centers & assessment tasks are amazing! In Closest to 4.99, students not only had to practice rounding, but also comparing decimals as they had to be the closest to 4.99. Students had fun and I liked the challenge of the task!
Have a STEMtastic week everyone!
As described in an earlier post, I am attempting flex seating this year. What I didn't mention in that post was that the idea for flex seating stemmed from the desire to have a restaurant booth in my classroom. Luckily, my parents have connections at White Castle and the company provided us with a free restaurant booth! My Dad had to do a little tweaking to make it classroom accessible, but here it is:
A huge THANK YOU to White Castle for adding another great seating option for our flex seating classroom! The students love it!
Each year, I switch up many of the activities I do with each class, but I always, ALWAYS introduce Latitude & Longitude with Cookies! The students are always engaged and they seem to really remember which lines go vertical and which go horizontal as well as key vocabulary-Equator, Prime Meridian, Poles, and Hemispheres. Plus it's a yummy lesson (for the kids and their teacher)!
Place Value in Fifth Grade is a power standard. This means that it is heavily assessed on our state assessment. More importantly, if students do not have a deep understanding of place value, all other concepts in fifth grade are lost as well. This week, my first period of math worked on Powers of Ten (NBT 5.2). I created this resource so they could discover how exponent form, standard form, expanded form, and the movement of the decimal are all related. I have to say they made some very deep observations.
After this discovery activity, students practiced moving the decimal with the place value sliders I created using the resource found here. I put their assignment on Socrative, so they could get instant feedback.
Since most students seemed to understand the process of Powers of Ten, I gave them a design challenge to create a video using SeeSaw that explains how Powers of Ten work. The good news was that they worked on their collaboration skills and created their first video. The bad news was that none of the videos were 100% accurate or as in depth as I would have liked. Nonetheless, this was a super good assessment tool for me and I can adjust my instruction next week accordingly.
Here is an example of one video that showed me a misconception I need to correct with the class.
Built into our schedule this year, is a period called Extension. This is a great time for teachers to meet with students and intervene, enrich, or catch up with absent students. I decided to take this opportunity to start peer tutoring as well. Look at how well students are collaborating!
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