Today, Nov 14, as one guest speaker, we had Mr. Pilger. It was an unforgettable experience! He talked about lawyers and things they do! There was a bakery, made up, that needed to know what to do. We learned what lawyers do to tell them about what laws they're violating when they have an issue.
It was an unusually legal day! We were so lucky to have three attorneys speak with our classes today. We learned about Employment Law from Mr. Pilger. Who knew that making pies had anything to do with overtime, hourly wages, and health insurance? Later we heard from Mrs. Herrera who spoke about law relating to contractual issues with credit processing. Mr. Herrera talked with us about "Dirt Law"-Real Estate Law. He filled us in on some interesting aspects, especially how competitive the commercial real estate business is in the "Tallest Building" category.
Stations: The kids worked to express their appreciation for the unexpectedly legal day we had by writing thank you letters to our speakers. Our convergent thinking was unstoppable in solving a logic puzzle. Success!
HW: Thank you letter to Mr. & Mrs. Herrera. Don't forget to start looking for your poem (8 lines or longer) for our upcoming Poetry Slam. Check out the 5th Grade page on our Target Glog. The Poetry page is READY!
Unbearably Nerdy, but all yours,
Well…you're not the only curious ones around here! I just got back from the annual convention for the National Association for Gifted Children. It was unparalleled opportunity for me to meet world recognized experts in gifted education, as well as locally known experts who are doing incredible things with gifted students! The amount of resources and ideas was unbelievable! I can't wait to share some of them with you this year!
Back to your day on Thursday.
Stations: We worked two logic puzzles to hone our convergent thinking skills, and as usual, the kids untroubled by even more challenging problems. Next they collaborated to create their own "Zoos" using pipe cleaners. The kids were undaunted by the stiff restrictions on materials and the parameters of the task. The result was unbounded creativity in the imaginative creatures they displayed!
Algebraic Thinking: The students ascended to previously unreached heights in their evaluation of word problems. They translated the word problems into equations to make the sense of the seemingly unsolvable problems.
Focus Study: Law- We were delighted to hear from Mrs. Patel about her law practice. She was unflappable in the face of countless student questions about her experiences as a lawyer. The students' attention and curiosity was unwavering throughout the extensive discussion. I was impressed by the uncommonly insightful questions that showed the students' extensive critical thinking.
HW: Thank you letter to Mrs. Patel. Remember to use your notes from the presentation.
Unlikely to find a better group of 5th Graders,
Fifth grade was the year I learned all about dolphins, read EVERY Beverly Cleary book, and made brownies from scratch. YUM!