My role in Fresno Unified is to teach fifth grade California Core Standards to my gifted and talented students. They come from all over the district, including all social and economic levels. The strategy that I implement in my classroom to allow my students to be independent learners is called “Make a Difference.” The students wear lime-green activity/field trip t-shirts that are printed on the front with: “One person can make a Difference, and everyone should try” – John F. Kennedy. On the back of the t-shirt it is printed with “Manchester GATE”; “CCC, RRR, FFF”, which stand for “Commitment, Communication, Cooperation; Respect, Responsibility, Resourcefulness; Fun, Fail, Forward.” These concepts are taught across the curriculum throughout the year. At the conclusion of a lesson, we review as a class what strategies worked well. By the end of the year, the students are independent learners and leaders.
Using The Giver, novels to study government and the idea of utopia, the students will be learning to "Make a Difference" for themselves, their community, and the world.
Our class theme for the year is to "Make a Difference" through leadership skills of respect, responsibility, resourcefulness (RRR); commitment, communication, cooperation (CCC); Fun, Fail, Forward (FFF).
Through the analysis of past and present along with our reading of the novel, The Giver, by Lois Lowry, we will be learning the leadership skills of a responsible citizen and the idea of utopia.
While reading the novel, we will be discussing historical events: Trail of Tears, Manifest Destiny, Harriet Tubman, slavery, Malala, the Holocaust, MLK, and the Civil Rights Era, government, and current events.
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