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Fifth Grade – Eitenmiller

September 15, 2017

The 5th Grade students have been introduced to Inventure Challenge. In this unit the students become inventors!  Finding a need to fulfill or a problem to solve is the first step in the invention process. The invention may be a new product or it may be a new process for doing something.  They have begun brainstorming ideas they might want  to pursue.   Although, we haven’t officially started our inventions, I have heard the students talking about so great ideas!!!  The students are also learning how failure can lead to success.  For example, Michael Jordan got cut from his high school varsity basketball team and 27 publishers turned down Dr. Seuss’s first book.

The Students are also learning how to recognize and use their strengths and how to develop their areas of weakness, to empower themselves.  

One of our activities was, “Dear Future Me!”  Students brainstormed a list of what they would want their parents, siblings, teachers, coaches, and friends to say about them on their 80th birthday. Students then wrote write 1 character strength or personality trait they would like to work to develop in themselves.


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September 19, 2017

I’m missing my sweet 5th graders!  Due to testing and Hurricane Irma I have only seen them 1/2 of a day for the past 2 weeks! Today, we learned about Mission Statements and how to create one for ourselves!  Their HW is to create a Mission Statement themselves.  This will be a working documents and the students understand that it can change.  They should continue to think abut their inventions and their group.  The students are able to work in groups on their inventions.  (the maximum group size is 4)


October 20, 2017

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February 9, 2018

I love my 5th grader!  I have to say the change at the beginning of the school year was tough for your students, but they have come through like champs!  They have grown so much and taught me a lot along the way!  What a special group of students!

We recently began a unit on “Survivor.”  It’s a great unit.  W are learning all about what I takes to survive in certain situations,  We are reading the classic, “My Side of the Mountain.”  I have only heard positive thing coming from the students!  Next week, we will be learning how to tie basic knots needed for survival.  This is always a favorite for the students!

I think the all time favorite activity for the 5th graders is the “Breakout” box!  Last week we escapes a box pertaining to the Geologic Time Scale and then excavated a dinosaur fossil bone!!   We had a blast!


March 13, 2018

The 5th grade students began a survivor unit in February.  We are learning about surviving in various situations.  We are studying the classic  novel, My Side of the Mountain. Many of the students finished the book in one night!  In class, the students are working a survival project with a partner.  When complete, they will present their project to the class.

It has been a fun unit and the kids are enjoying it.  We will end the unit with a trip to Red Top Mountain to learn about survival tactics.  The trip is scheduled for May 15, 2018.

We also, introduced the Sphero Spark last week. If you have not seen Sphero, it’s a small hand-sized ball you can program easily to change colors, run a circuit, keep a beat with a song, and many other fun ideas.  I


They are required to search for lessons on the Sphero and complete the one they choose!  They are having a blast coding these small robots!!


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