So I know my timing is a little off (something I am still struggling with as a 2nd year teacher) since the Chinese New Year was February 3rd. Yes my students are still wrapping up our unit on China.
I had my 5th grade students create Chinese Lanterns to celebrate the New Year. Simple idea hoping they could make these marvelous. Well I do struggle with 5th grade at times. Some of you might snuff me because I only teach 3rd, 4th and 5th grade! How could I struggle with one grade level when I only teach 3!?! I know I ask myself the same question and beat myself up for it in the process...I love 5th graders some days and...well don't enjoy them other days! The beginning of the year they still feel like 4th graders to me so they are still excited about everything we do! Now the year is part way over and they are starting to bring out the attitudes!
I can say that this project was not a huge success. I was pretty disappointed with this project overall. Some did marvelous work and exceeded my expectations! So I had to show the ones that worked and how we displayed them for our own Lantern Festival!
I had a lot of Chinese inspired pages of Chinese designs, characters etc. I had my students choose from a yellow or red 12x18 page paper. They had to have a top middle and bottom design. I told them to fill the page 90%. They could outline with marker but could not color in with marker. They had to use colored pencils and work on blending colors. We also added tissue paper on the inside so it looked like a lighted lantern.
Here is one of our displays. Included is 3rd grade couplets and 3rd grade blue Chinese vases (blue vases inspired from Deep Space Sparkle).
My plan of attack for 5th grade the rest of the year is to REALLY challenge them and do a few lessons that is ALL about THEM!
Do you have any great motivating ideas for grade levels that challenge you??