We've been in school for two weeks now, and I'm having a wonderful time with my sweet, easy group! Seriously, this is the easiest group I've ever had. I have yet to take a behavior point from anyone (we're using Class Dojo), and this class is catching on super fast to the material I'm teaching. It's so exciting! These students are engaged, creative, obedient, and kind.
Here are some highlights from our first couple of weeks together:
On the first day of school, I gave the students a pair of sunglasses with a note that reads, "My Future is so Bright, I've Got to Wear Shades."
We took our first day pictures:
And again, with the shades:
To illustrate that it is impossible to take something round and make it flat without there being any distortion, we used oranges with a slit in them. We carefully peeled the oranges, trying to keep the peels intact. Finally, we flattened them out, and the students were able to see the rips and tears in the peels.
This activity helped the students understand the difficulty cartographers have in creating an accurate representation of the earth. At the end of the lesson, the students realized that there are many map projections of the earth, and each is distorted in some way.
At the end of week 1, the children took part in their first 5th grade cooperative, problem-solving activity called "Save Dave."
They were so focused during this activity!
|Just an FYI, the Tropic of Capricorn isn't located at 20 degrees. I tried to place it around 23.5 degrees.|
The students have also been making great progress in writing. They have been learning about Target Skills (from Melissa Forney's Razzle Dazzle Writing), writing poetry and journal entries, and reviewing the different traits of writing. We completed a group activity so I could assess their understanding of the various "Write Traits":
Each group was assigned a trait and had to address two questions: "What does this trait mean?" and "Why is this trait important?"
Finally, each group presented their work to the class:
Is this just a "honeymoon" period, or are they really this amazing?!
I choose to believe they are really this amazing. I'm looking forward to an awesome year!