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Jessica Jacobson
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Introducing Growth Mindset
We began talking about Growth Mindset today!  This is the belief that the brain can grow and change. You can become more intelligent by taking on challenges. We watched these two videos to review these ideas:  This first video talks about the parts of the b...

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Looking for Patterns in Math - Working with Exponents
Math is full of patterns, and mathematicians leverage these patterns when they are solving problems; they are all around us, we just have to notice and use them to our advantage. This is evident in our Mathematical Practice Standards (student behaviors in m...

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Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset
We spent a majority of our first week learning about and discussing Growth Mindset. We began by defining "Fixed" and "Growth" Mindsets.   Fixed Mindset is the belief that a person's intelligence and ability is something they are born with. A person with a f...

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What Would Happen When You Can't Communicate?
Small groups of students were given puzzle pieces. Their task was to create five squares.  So, what was the catch?  No talking, gesturing, or taking puzzle pieces from their group members.  Students could only give puzzle pieces away.  What happened?  Most ...

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Saving Steve - Continuing to Team Build
Meet Steve....(that little gummy work) Unfortunately, Steve's boat capsized, leaving him floating on the bottom of his boat. To make matters worse, his life preserver is under the boat. Students were given the task to save Steve.  Teams could only use the t...

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Getting the Year Started with Team Building
Welcome Back!  We were so excited to get the school year started, especially since we had such a fun first week back planned for our 5th graders.  Part of our plan was team building activities. Working cooperatively and communicating with a group will be an...

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Math
We were busy making connections between different ways to represent a problem in math. We've been focusing on making these connections to strengthen our understanding of multiplying a whole number by a decimals. We began with the problem: 5 x 0.35   (five g...

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Webbing Events that Led up the the Civil War
We worked collaboratively on chart paper to map some of the events leading up to the Civil War. Six posters were placed around the room, and student groups traveled between posters adding information that they felt was the most important.  After the student...

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Math Lesson for 1/27/15
Video #1: Make sure you have a slate, marker and plastic sleeve with the number line in it ready to go. Unable to display content. Adobe Flash is required. Video #2: Strategy #1: Improper Fractions Unable to display content. Adobe Flash is required. Video #...
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