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Brittany Bermingham
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Having a Growth Mindset in the New Year
This year, I put a large emphasis on having a Growth Mindset. Like many teachers across the country, I have been utilizing this to help students focus on fulfilling their fullest positional in learning ...at least that is the goal ;)  I started the year off...

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Valentine's Craft Idea
In our school, teachers sign up for evenings to help watch the kiddos during PTO meetings. Recently, it was my week and I decided to go crafty with the little gals that I had. I was inspired by THIS  pinterest craft from Crafty Morning's Blog. This is a sim...

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Christmas Economy
Economics is rarely something eleven year olds think about - however, our state testing system believes strongly  in their young abilities   har har and has made it clear that they are to know quite a LOT about it. However, it is not a fifth grade social st...

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Andrew Jackson's Face...
...is soon to be leaving our 20 dollar bills ... this was cause for cheers and celebration in my classroom earlier this school year. Prior to the announcement that Harriet Tubman, a minority AND a woman - GO AMERICA! was going to be replacing Old Hickory, w...

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Native American Writing Activities
Integrating social studies into writing can be a lot of fun - whether it be creative, informational, or argumentative writing, kids never seem to get writer's block with Native American culture!  Here are some we did:  After studying the Northwest coastal t...

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Introducing Colonial America
After our unit on early English settlements, I introduce the colonies through a Picture Comparison Walk.  I print the comparisons of houses (interior/exterior), clothing, soldiers/militia, and other aspects of colonial vs. early settlement life and  place t...

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Candle Dipping an Colonial Research
Warning: Photos galore!! I feel candle dipping is a colonial unit "must". I can still remember doing it on one of our historical field trips in the 4th grade. However, I have always struggled with the time management of it and educational justification.  On...

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Colonial Village Simulation WINNER FREEBIE
I. Love. Character Simulations!!!  I remember falling in love with the idea of simulations when I visited the Holocaust Museum and the Titanic Museum . At each, visitors are given a card with a real characters name and a mini biography about their life. The...

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Native American Writing Activities
Integrating social studies into writing can be a lot of fun - whether it be creative, informational, or argumentative writing, kids never seem to get writer's block with Native American culture!  Here are some we did:  After studying the Northwest coastal t...

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Pilgrims and Refugees
Thanksgiving - the moment we pause and remember that we were all once refugees - seeking asylum in an unknown place. What a powerful history we have of immigration. I think of this every time I look around my classroom - the diversity we experience in this ...
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