Help me give my students an opportunity to explore sites around the world through Legos. The children will have an opportunity to work in teams to build sites they hear about through our first novel of the year.
Our fifth grade team is a close-knit group. Our students work together on a daily basis and look forward to challenges! We love the opportunity to learn together and push each other to do our best. Our students are diverse, and we learn a lot from each other. We are a school that hosts our English Language families as well as students with other special needs. Our students are also very diverse in their academic and personal interests, and that makes us all better learners.
Goals and projects are important to our students, and they learn to push themselves, ask questions, and strive to do their best.
Our units focus on science and social studies content as well as literacy books chosen for our grade level. Our students set reading goals for themselves, and we strive to support them as they grow in these areas. We find our students learn best by encouraging them to work across disciplines, talk to each other, and learn in teams as well as individually.
In our first read aloud novel of the year, the main character is a 12-year-old who's challenged to travel around the world with the help of a secret team. My students dive into this first novel, debate the perils of travel for children, research sites around the world, and enjoy the excitement that a good adventure presents.
During this time, we're also working to build our classroom community.
I'd love for children to be able to work in teams to create Lego structures that represent some of the locations our character sees as he travels. Legos are familiar to students, and they offer a fun opportunity for learning while allowing for mistakes, redos, and great conversation.
These Lego sets and the accompanying storage boxes are a resource I can pull out again and again with students over the course of several years too, so the investment will pay off over and over.
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