One of my fifth graders wrote a persuasive essay in the form of a letter to Suzanne Collins, arguing that she should write a fourth Hunger Games book. The closing of the letter was… Wait for it… “May the odds be ever in your favor.” Nicely done.
(For the record, the most commonly used closing in our class was “Best wishes.” Nerdfighters!!!)
*nerd gasp!* My students are too young, but middle school and high school language arts teachers might want to check this out. And if you can, pleeeeeeeease let me know how it goes! So awesome!!!
A nerdy, ironic Valentine’s gift from a made-of-awesome student.
Fractals and Fibonacci numbers in one convenient package.
One of my fifth grade students created a video for a self-chosen project about the causes of the American Revolution. He learned all of this on his own, before we covered any of it in class. It’s amazing what kids can do when they have the freedom to learn what they want to learn.
Limits and the golden ratio for fifth and sixth graders? Absolutely! They were totally engaged, thanks to the beauty of the Fibonacci numbers and the awesome that is Vi Hart on YouTube. (You should definitely check out her channel if you haven’t already. I’m serious. Go now. Go!)
I had previously taught my fifth and sixth graders about the Giant Squid of Anger and the Regular-Sized Squid of Rational Debate and Source Citation. Yesterday we watched the SciShow episode about Alfred Wegener. Hank explained that Wegener was laughed at by his colleagues for the idea of continental drift. A wise student raised his hand and pointed out, “They weren’t being regular-sized squids.” Ha!
My students found A LOT of patterns in the Fibonacci numbers. Some of the patterns probably wouldn’t hold up for the whole sequence, but the kids were fully engaged and enthusiastic about the challenge. And then I unleashed the fruit and pinecones… :-)
I’m afraid I’m not a good teacher because I don’t have as many students failing as the rest of the teachers. I know that sounds so screwed up, but I think almost all my students are passing except for the students that have 15+ absences (unless they have a medical/legitimate excuse, I show no…
I’ve felt like that too. I don’t really have a solution but wanted this teacher to know that I get it and think we’re probably both doing just fine. :-)