Room 184 News
What a great camping trip! We had beautiful weather and wonderful field teachers to complement our super 5th grade students! If they haven't already told you about it, ask your student what their highlights were and what they learned (as well as how much fun it was!). We have uploaded a few photos from the trip to give you a sense of what camp looked like. Click on the "Photos of class activities" link on the left side menu/tabs.
We're just about to start working on a new, exciting project for the end of the year - Historical Treasure Chests! Each student was assigned a historical figure from the American Revolution. We're using a combination of some of our social studies, writing and reading blocks to use a variety of sources to gather as much information as we can on our characters. Students will then use the information to create documents like birth certificates, maps of locations relating to their figure, timelines of their lives, and personal journals. The journal work will connect to writing units (perspective, social issues/literary essays, opinion writing) and reading units (social issues, non-fiction research).
This projects not only integrates non-fiction reading skills and a variety of writing genres, it allows students to immerse themselves in this important time period by fully becoming a specific character, and experiencing the war through their eyes. It emphasizes the importance of primary sources, and let's us glimpse this tumultuous history through a personal lens. Each student will also be creating an artifact that relates to their character. The culmination of the project is a “convention” where each student presents their information to the class, teaching the others about their historical figure.If you are looking for something to do as a family, think about visiting Minute Man National Historical Park. The visitors center is 10 minutes away in Lincoln on Rt. 2A, there are great "witness houses" that were around during the Revolutionary War time, as well as wonderful trails and boardwalks. The park also frequently has reenactments and programs (http://www.nps.gov/mima/index.htm) suited for the whole family.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please send us a email. However, know that school email is not confidential. If you want to discuss a sensitive subject, please give us a call at 781-541-5001.
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