Grade 5 - Unit 1
Realistic Fiction & Preview of Upcoming Stories - Powerpoint Presentation
What is Cooperation? and Examples - Powerpoint Presentation
Learning Menu for Students with unit objectives by Kim Holmes
I had the students make up a learning game they made game boards and set up rules. Very successful. Some used add/sub or sight words so we delivered them to lower grades to use.
For this unit I split up my students into groups of five or six. I asked each group to form a circle. Then I directed each student to link wrists with two other students across the circle. Then when all the groups were ready I told them to try to untangle until the group was in a circle with no tangles. This taught cooperation in the group and competition with the other groups. We then had a class discussion about the activity. It was fun! :-)
I tell the students that we will be playing a game such as volleyball. I give no explicit instruction only that we will play and that they will decide what and how to play. After we go out and play about 15-20 minutes we come back to class and I do a hand off activity where students tell me what happened during the game. I am charting these responses and I lead them through categories such as how they felt, what went on, what they saw, heard, and they come up with a list of describing words/adjectives etc. I usually get things such as "Jon hogged the ball", "Marcos didn't let the girls hit”, or "I didn't get a turn".
On the second day I tell them that we are going out to play the same game as the day before. This time however explain that I will be picking teams, explaining the rules, and I will be there to make sure everyone plays the game right so that they can learn to play it on their own later. When we are done playing the game we come in and I do the same hand off process and I chart these again. I usually get comments such as "I got to hit the ball", or "it was fun because it was fair" or "it wasn't all boys against girls", etc.
Finally, I say boys and girls we have to learn about cooperation and competition and I ask them to open their inquiry journal and complete the what do you know about cooperation and competition etc. page. We share aloud and then I continue with this unit opener. I then introduce the Concept Question Board and explain how we will be building and using this as a reference for our learning throughout the next few weeks. I explain what they can add and how they will proceed to add to it, with pictures, objects, vocabulary/words they have acquired while reading these stories. I also make sure I send home the home connection letter in the parent home language so that they are aware of what the child is doing in class.
This is not only a great unit opener especially for second language learners because they get an experience of cooperation and competition and they have a great advantage on the writing, which is the area that our students have a very difficult time producing.
For the unit opener, the teacher will need 15 sports pages from any local newspaper. Also, the teacher should provide students with scissors and pre-made cut outs of a trophy and athletic shoes for the concept question board. The students will work in partners to cut out pictures that demonstrate cooperation and competition. After students are finished, they will write a concept about cooperation and competition and a question using the trophy as a concept and athletic shoe as a question. Then they will place their newspaper clip on either the concept or question board.
Make 3X5 cards and write down a variety of fractions on one side. Tape a fraction to the back of students. Students are to ask others yes/no type of questions to arrive at their fraction. The objective it to cooperate amongst each other to see who can guess their fraction with the least amount of questions. Once they have guessed, they will place fractions in order on a number line accordingly. Great Ice Breaker for adults as well!
Show students clips of Iron Chef while they take notes on a graphic organizer such as a T-Chart.
1) Use preview skills to look through the unit ( this like a picture walk for younger learners) and we develop questions from titles and subtitles and list on large chart paper for answering later.
2) Handing off activity: I use a small (beanie baby frog) object to hand off to the speaking student while others listen. We brainstorm all we know about cooperation and competition and use our knowledge to compare and contrast both; after arriving at a conclusion of sometimes both are good and often competition can go too far and become hurtful - We focus on "teamwork" and cooperation.
Once we have established that were are becoming one "Team" and the class should work together, I include some team building ideas from Kagan - that cross the curriculum linking reading with the scientific process.
3) Tower Builders: architects are like scientists in that must think out of the box and test different variables to find what will work best.
Afterwards we revisit our question/concept board and discuss.
4) I use an activity with tennis balls, Also from Kagan.
I created a scavenger hunt of notables in my classroom (quotes, book titles, authors, posters.)
I divided my students into pairs and set my timer. The students quickly realized they couldn't complete the hunt in the time that I allotted without helping each other. However, that posed a dilemma of helping the other team win.
When time was up, we discussed the results.