I forgot to post this when we were knee deep in the Civil war study! Using a great site, www.wordlessnews.com students respond to this image while doing an on-line discussion. Exceptional thinking and ideas were shared.
Ending the week with a shared book club experience with some future fifth graders! We met with Mrs. Burks fourth grade class to share books that celebrate people and diversity. Here are some of the books that we used:
Books that Mrs. Burks' students used:
We finished the conversation with an online discussion. Students shared how they can make a difference in their school and their community. A great way to end the week!
During our reading time this week we will be reading book sets of literature on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
While we will come back to the Civil Rights Era in the third trimester, we want to take the time to celebrate Dr. King's life during this week of memorial.
Students will utilize this recording sheet to help them
capture their thinking and jot down notes that will support them during their conversations.
At the end of the week, students will be meeting with students from Mrs. Burks' fourth grade class to have a book club discussion paired with talk and tech! We will meet in groups of four to share our ideas and have an online discussion as well. This will broaden our ideas and also give the fourth graders a peek into what a fifth grader does!
Roll Around the Clock is a context from the Investigations book Name that Portion.
Students are solving fraction addition problems by using the clock as a model. This model is helpful when working with fractions involving 1/3, 1/6, and 1/12.
In order to solve some of the addition problems, students need to find a common denominator (6 or 12) to support with solving the problem. This experience also reinforces the relationship of equivalent fractions and representing a fraction in the lowest term.
Students start the unit activating background knowledge and produce questions based on civil war images.
While we may have misconceptions now, students will continue to visit images throughout the civil war study. These images will be a part of a photography center. In addition to the gallery walk images, students will visit a media album in Schoology where they will comment, talk with a small group, and refine what they know about the images. Students will select 3-4 images and create a podcast to share how their thinking and knowledge has changed since the unit started. The idea for utilizing the podcast, which students will upload into the teacher folder on Google Drive, will provide a mid-way check-in to inform the teacher of where the student is with their thinking- as well as informing the teacher of how to move forward with instruction. Thanks to the book Amplify by Katie Muhtaris and Kristen Ziemke for the addition of the podcast to the gallery walk. The gallery walk, using a "see, think, wonder" format, is one strategy that can be further investigated in the book Upstanders by Harvey "Smokey" Daniels and Sara Ahmed.
During the next 7 days, students will rotate through a variety of centers designed to provide opportunities for self-learning about this monumental time in history. Students will rotate through the following centers:
Picture Book center
Audio/Visual Center (Resources curated on a padlet)
Photography Center (Images from gallery walk and a media album in Schoology)
Map Center (A variety of maps with a variety of information)
Primary Sources center where students will have access to famous speeches, letters from soldiers, and maps
Civil War Trunk: Courtesy of Missouri State Historical Musuem. Artifacts, as well as replica items, including a Confederate and Union soldier's uniform.
Textbook Center to use this resource as needed.
Students will be taking notes while further developing answers to their questions. Time will be provided for students to further investigate a question and synthesize that information in a way that makes sense to them! Can't wait!!!