My 32 fourth and fifth grade students are absolutely spectacular!
They are curious thinkers, mathematicians, scientists, readers, authors, collaborators, and kind student citizens, who will lead their communities as they grow up.
They love to read and enjoy reading a wide variety of book genres. They enjoy problem-solving, collaborating, and creating. They are authors who publish their work proudly.
One of my students' favorite times of day is our book club time. Many of these book clubs are student-led and facilitated by me. Students are exposed to many different books, genres, and authors that they may not necessarily choose to read on their own. This is also a special time in our day when we can address some of our social studies and science content. Our book clubs also encourage student independence and leadership in a small group atmosphere.
One of my favorite subjects to teach is social studies. I love seeing students relate the time periods, struggles, conflicts, discoveries, and themes from our past to their present. Teaching social studies content is one of my favorite parts of the day, and we love to incorporate engaging books to help us make historical content fresh and fun.
My students are always seeking out various ways to support and demonstrate their learning; likewise, they are in need of new books and a new supply of ink for our classroom printer to learn about and create projects.
We are hoping to use these books as individuals, in partners, in small groups, and whole class. Students will be able to utilize the books and the classroom ink for their end-of-unit projects for Westward Expansion, the Gold Rush, and the American Revolution.
We will use titles such as "Who Was Sacagawea?" and "You Wouldn't Want to be an American Pioneer!" to study Westward Expansion. Titles such as "What Was the Gold Rush?" will help students recall main idea and details throughout our Gold Rush unit. Fifth graders will enjoy reading some of Jean Fritz's books, such as "Shh! We're Writing the Constitution!" and "Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?" during the end of our American Revolution unit. Having a variety of reading sources makes learning about these critical time periods so enjoyable!
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