5th Grade Talks About Making Things Relevant

The 5th graders, like 3rd and 4th, also work on Genius Hour projects.  However, in 5th grade the students take their passions a bit further by researching things that “break their hearts.”  For one group, this is the football injuries that could be avoided by using safer equipment.  For another, this is the rise in school violence.  This week, the students and I brainstormed some people they could talk to that might benefit from their research.  We are trying to find authentic audiences so that these projects don’t just become one more assignment to get through before they can move on.

We also continued to have some very meaningful conversations about Courage, did some Hands-On-Equations, and a few of the students got to try out programming with Python on our Raspberry Pi.

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