Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sharing maps with buddies
Happy Spring Break!
See you April 25th
     We began our first lessons in preparation for our "Great American" projects. We began to look again at character traits and how they can drive a person to do great things in life. For our first lesson, we looked at Ruby Bridges, the first African American child to integrate into a white school in the south in 1960. We read about the traits that helped Ruby Bridges make history. The students agreed after reading articles about Ruby and seeing a movie, that Ruby must have been brave, determined and persevering. We discussed how we knew this with evidence of Ruby's behavior and comments during a very difficult situation. 
Ethan's reading accomplishments
     When the students return from Spring break, they will have their Great American assignment and will begin reading and searching for traits and evidence to share and write about their Great American. We ended our Thursday sharing a recipe for success called, "Biography Hash." We mixed up a snack with pieces of food describing the events, people, and moments in life that help us grow to be "Great" people. See below for the recipe.
Recipe for Success  
Focus- things in life that help develop character.  
Raisins--Birth/death We all enter and leave the world with wrinkles
Goldfish--Schooling  (focused, responsible, self-directed)
Pretzels--Life’s twists and turns.  Unexpected events that we learn from. (endures,
Chocolate chips--Chipping away at life’s challenges (determination, perseverance)
M & M's--Life’s sweet successes (creative, hard-working, self-disciplined)
Cheerios--Life savers.  People in our lives that teach us lessons or inspire us. (integrity,
humble, and trustworthy)
"Bio Hash"

     By the end of the week, we shared individually how many books we have read so far in 5th grade. We also met with our 8th grade buddies to share our beautiful maps and we had a clean-up our school campus activity. 

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