By Marva Cooley. 5th Grade Math. Published at Sunday, November 29th, 2020 - 04:05:07 AM.
Learning during school hours is, quite often, not enjoyable for students. Self-directed activities such as the 5th grade science projects allow the kids to learn from involvement with hands-on projects, and that type of learning is shown to be retained by the student. Students involved in science fairs build friendships with other students and develop strong relationships with teachers and other leaders, making this type of event a valuable teaching tool. National attention is currently focused on student achievement in lower grades, with particular emphasis being placed on reading, math, and science. Opportunities like 5th grade science projects allow students to explore areas that are not always well covered in classes. Placing an emphasis on the core subjects (including science) beginning in 1st grade can foster an increased awareness of the relationship between subjects. Science and math are closely related, and generally success in one may lead to success in the other. Science fairs provide the student with multiple learning opportunities in those areas if the projects selected meet the criteria outlined above.
You will want to practice as many of these academic organizational skills as you can with your child as 5th grade comes to an end. Also it is very important to set up situations with your child over the summer to practice these skills, even though s/he is not actually in school. First, keeping track of your belongings should be a habit that is worked on daily. Second is the skill of getting places on time. Many parents miss the wonderful opportunity of using the summer as a learning and practice time for these critical organizational skills. You do not have the pressure of getting to school every day and activities and getting the homework done in the evenings. If your child even partially masters just these two skills, it will go a long way toward smoothing the path into 6th grade. Another important skill is getting papers and books from school to hoe and back to school. You will want to have a great working system for handling this challenge.
Within two weeks I was astonished to hear back from "The View" and "Leeza," which is no longer on the air today, and "The Gayle King Show" (King is Oprahs best friend - her show is also no longer on the air). From that moment on, everything was a dizzying blur. Of the three shows, the producers of "Leeza" were quicker to make arrangements, while those at "The View" and "The Gayle King Show" dragged their feet. My intuition told me to go with "Leeza" and not wait for the others to make up their minds. Mrs. Jordan was one of those teachers who never missed a day of class, so she didnt want to go to California to accept a "teaching excellence award." Good heavens, her fifth grade students were far more important than some frivolous award!
At first I was irritated and even offended but like other things that I dont understand, I began to research it. Since then, it has changed even more since more people use the Internet and we are now capable of "connecting" nearly anywhere. This means there are a lot of distractions for the person reading your writing and keeping it simpler, with more white space on the page makes it easier for the reader. Shorter sentences, simpler words and using bullets and numbered lists make your online content more pleasing to the eye and the mind of the online reader. Its a different style of writing than offline magazines and other publications.
About eight years ago, I was in my New York City apartment one Saturday morning, thinking about all the people in my life who made a difference. There were many, but my fifth grade teachers face swam into focus. The image of her powerful smile was crystal clear. As soon as I saw her in my minds eye, my attention immediately focused on a way to thank her. I got quiet and reflected on this. A few moments later an idea was born. Why not thank her on a national talk show? What could be better than that? The idea was so strong, so powerful and whats more it felt right. After firing off a letter to six national talk shows, I kept it to myself and waited. Ideas should be allowed to percolate and develop in secret before they are shared with the rest of the world. There is a time and place for everything, so I prayed that if it was meant to be, then Mrs. Jordan would be presented with a big surprise at just the right time.
The third stage of learning is knowledge. Knowledge comes from applying the information you have gleaned to your work or your life. Until you apply that information, you cannot say that you really know it. For example, I like to cook. I have watched many cooking shows on television, and they provide a lot of data on recipes, ingredients, and cooking methods. Do I remember it all? No - I filter all that data for what I like to eat - those recipes that I would like to try become information for me - information that is relevant to my tastes in food and purposeful in that I want to try to make a particular recipe myself. But it is only when I actually try the recipe and cook something that I can say that I know how to make that dish.
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