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I don't know how I landed on your page, but I'm so glad that I did. I, too, teach fifth grade. I love EVERYTHING on your blog! I document with my camera all of the time too. Nice! I saw the "Me Boxes", and just wondered if you have the students write about why these items are important to them. Oral communication is very important too. I may snag this idea from you! :)Christina Conway
Thank you for your kind words! Steal away! Lots of the ideas were stolen from others, as well! I love Pinterest for that very reason. As far as the "Me" boxes go, no this particular project is not a writing assignment. On the first day of school, or shortly thereafter, I model my "Me" box by quickly gathering some "planted" items throughout the classroom as the large group watches. (Favorite book, DVD, family photo, etc.) I sit down amongst them and quickly tell them about "Me." Next I hand out a one page, very simple explanation about their "ME" box, emphasizing that it is not a big deal as they saw how quickly I gathered mine. The due date is a few days later. Once the due date arrives, 6 kids a day from each of my two ELA blocks present theirs. That is how we get to know one another early on.
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