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20131118_112721As you know from my earlier posts, the class has recently finished a learning unit that featured the story “When Washington Crossed the Delaware.” This selection was accompanied by various informational texts associated with the Revolutionary War and its leaders. To extend learning, cooperative groups completed mini-research projects on assigned leaders. The groups compiled their research into a “Facebook Page” for their assigned leader.

The Alabama CCR Standards state that 5th graders should be able to:
Tell how people, events, ideas, or concepts are related (RI.5.3)
Understand science and social studies words (RI.5.4)
Put together ideas from different texts to talk about a topic (RI.5.9)
Write for different purposes, audiences, and topics (W.5.4)
Conduct short research projects (W.5.7)
Can use stories and nonfiction to research (W.5.9)

This fun project met those standards and a few more. The class enjoyed it! (Click on the samples below to enlarge.)

 

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What habits helped make George Washington a great leader?

20131119_141740Yesterday’s post detailed our attempt to integrate the 7 habits into our writing assignment. I would like to share another student’s writing with you. The following was written by 5th grader, Omari P., from Dadeville Elementary School.

George Washington was a great leader. George Washington began with the end in mind. For instance, he planned a surprise attack on the Hessians and led his troops to victory. George Washington synergized. According to the text, he worked together with his troops to get across the Delaware River. George Washington had a win-win attitude. I know this because he knew a win in the war would be good for everyone’s freedom. George Washington was a great leader because he used these habits. George Washington is known as the Father of our country.

Great job Omari P.!

I am glad George Washington had that win-win attitude!

 

Integrating the 7 Habits into the Curriculum

20131118_112010DES is serious about developing leaders. Our little school is working toward integrating the 7 Habits into the curriculum. Last week, our 5th graders wrote persuasive paragraphs. A persuasive paragraph has to convince the reader to agree with the author’s opinion. This was our first attempt at this form of writing. We took this opportunity to integrate the 7 Habits into our writing.

The class had been reading “When Washington Crossed the Delaware” and a series of informational texts about the Revolutionary War and its leaders. The assignment was to convince / persuade readers that George Washington was a great leader. Students had to identify habits that Washington used in his own life and provide evidence from the text to back up their claim.

This paragraph is from 5th grader Camden S. at Dadeville Elementary School.

George Washington was one of our great leaders. He was a general in the Revolutionary War. George Washington began with the end in mind. For instance, he planned a sneak attack on the Hessians. His battle plans led to the ultimate victory. George Washington also synergized. According to the text, George Washington and his troops had to load the cannons and fire arms. He had to work with his troops and convince them to serve longer in the war. He said he would pay them more and used their love for their country to convince them. George Washington was proactive. From the reading I know that Washington was proactive by learning about the military and studying with his brother, Lawrence. He made smart and great choices. These habits helped George Washington become a great leader.

Thank you, Camden S. . .I am convinced!

Class Information Nov. 18th – 22nd

thinkThe DES 5th grade will focus on interjections, prepositions, and conjunctions in grammar this week. In reading, we will conduct a series of close read passages. We will be making inferences from the text, using context clues to determine word meaning, and identifying main ideas. There will be a grammar and reading skills test on Friday.

Homework:
Monday – Read for AR Points
Tuesday – Work in Learning Log
Wednesday – Work in Learning Log
Thursday – Work in Learning Log
Friday – Read for AR Points

Class Information Week of Nov. 11th – 15th

9780689870439This week we will finish up our learning unit focused on “When Washington Crossed the Delaware” by Lynne Cheney. Students will be responding to the text in various ways including a learning group biography project and an individual persuasive paragraph. The test on this unit will be Friday, November 15th.

Homework:
Monday – Holiday
Tuesday – Read Story & Study Notes in Learning Log
Wednesday – Edit / Revise / Publish the paragraph that was started in class
Thursday – Study Learning Log Notes & complete any unfinished pages (this will be turned in Friday)
Friday – Read for AR Points

Biography Facebook Project

20131108_111720My 5th graders should be able to say:

I CAN read and understand 5th grade nonfiction. (RI.5.10)

I CAN quote accurately from a text. (RI.5.1)

I CAN put together ideas from different texts to talk about a topic. (RI.5.9)

I CAN conduct short research projects. (W.5.7)

I CAN use stories and nonfiction to research. (W.5.9)

I CAN write for different purposes, audiences, and topics. (W.5.4)

The DES 5th grade has been reading “When Washington Crossed the Delaware.” To extend our learning, cooperative groups were assigned a Revolutionary War leader to research. Students researched the leader individually and then brought their research to their learning group. Students will create Biography Facebook Pages for their assigned leader. The “page” will include fun facts, important people in the leader’s life, the leader’s hobbies or interests, an influential quote from the leader, and three important events listed in sequential order.

Classes just started their “pages” today. This project will not be completed until next week. I look forward to sharing the results of their work with you. This has been a fun and interesting twist on composing a biography!

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Class Information Week of Nov. 4th – 8th

9780689870439We are back in full swing after Fall Break and Red Ribbon Week. This week we will be back in our StoryTown text book. We will be reading “When Washington Crossed the Delaware.” Students will receive a Learning Log on Monday. They will do their classwork and homework in this Learning Log. The Learning Log will be turned in for a grade on the day of the test.

During the course of this learning unit, students will be assigned a Revolutionary War leader to research. Students will complete a biography project about their assigned leader in class.

 

This week’s homework:

Monday – Read “When Washington Crossed the Delaware” in your text book.

Tuesday – Read the story and begin researching your assigned leader.

Wednesday – We have a FIELD TRIP today!

Thursday – Read your story, work on your research, and the language homework page in the Learning Log.

Friday – Read for AR points.