Mr. Gordon's Class

5th Grade

28 March 2016

Trees For Tomorrow 2016

Trees for Tomorrow
Trees for Tomorrow

The 5th grade trip to Trees for Tomorrow is right around the corner! As a reminder, the trip dates are May 9-11, 2016.. I have included a link below to a copy of a suggested supply list for the trip . Please contact me though the Goudy School office or email me directly at cgordon2@cps.edu if you have any questions. Thank you!

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1dQoEcVkBFRdGo3U3JGbjB4Wkk/edit?usp=docslist_api

Chris Gordon

5th Grade Social Studies Teacher

15 December 2015

Tribal Council Meetings

Part of our 5th grade curriculum includes historical simulations. Since we have been studying the American Indian tribes that inhabited this land before it became our current country, the classroom has been organized as a tribe. I am the chief and students have various tribal jobs and responsibilities. We meet every few weeks for a "Tribal Council Meeting", complete with American Indian music and student drummers. Students lead the meetings and provide feedback to each other regarding their tribal jobs. Then, they decide how much payment each student has earned. The tribal currency is called "wampum". Wampum (beads and shells) was used by certain Eastern Woodlands tribes in place of money. Two times per year, the "money" that students earn is converted into raffle tickets. Students who have earned more money will have a better chance of winning prizes during the raffles. Besides being fun and engaging, these activities teach students responsibility as well as how to provide and receive meaningful feedback. In addition, students learn the importance of contributing to their community (tribe).

22 October 2015

American Indian Keynote Presentations

The 5th graders have been hard at work creating Keynote presentations on their iPads. I can't wait to see how their presentations turn out. Check back for photos and recognition for outstanding presentations.

- Mr. Gordon

19 March 2015

Trees for Tomorrow Update!

The 5th grade trip to Trees for Tomorrow is right around the corner! As a reminder, the trip dates are May 9-11, 2016.. I have included a link below to a copy of a suggested supply list for the trip . Please contact me though the Goudy School office or email me directly at cgordon2@cps.edu if you have any questions. Thank you!

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1dQoEcVkBFRdGo3U3JGbjB4Wkk/edit?usp=docslist_api

Chris Gordon

5th Grade Social Studies Teacher

Goudy Tech

19 March 2015

Facing Slavery Videos

Excellent video by Amy and Ashley about the Middle Passage

Our 5th grade students learned about how slavery began in the 13 colonies. They learned about the harsh realities of slavery and the dilemmas faced by West Africans at that time in history. They created videos that focused on one of the three main dilemmas that we studied. Throughout the process of creating these videos, students empathized with the slaves and realized how unjust and dehumanizing slavery was for the West Africans who found themselves caught up in the slave trade.

09 January 2015

Sensing History Videos: Early English Settlements and American Indians

Although we finished working on this project a while ago, I wanted to share one of the finished videos that was submitted for this project. This team created a video about the Powhatan Indians, the tribe who was most affected by Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the New World. The students were asked to put themselves in the shoes of early colonists or American Indians and write scripts that focused on their experiences through the lens of the five senses. This group did an excellent job of capturing the experience of the Powhatan Indians in the early 1600's. Congratulations to Arianna, Darylmiah, Angel, Julie, and Shimra!

10 October 2014

Sunken Ship Investigation

Over the past two days, the 5th graders have been engaged in a lesson called, "The Sunken Ship Investigation". In order to learn more about the first European explorers to visit "The New World", we are pretending to be archeologists exploring the wreckage of a sunken Spanish explorer's ship. Students "swam" into the sunken ship and retrieved objects that were aboard the ship. Then, they identified and read about the objects in their TCI Social Studies text. They used the information in the text and their own conclusions to explain why these objects were aboard the ship. In the process, students learned a great deal about how and why Europeans came to the New World.

10 October 2014

American Indian Keynote Presentations

The 5th graders have just finsihed their first group presentation of the year in Social Studies class. Overall, they did a great job! I have included photos of the student groups who did an exceptional job. I also included links to some of the student presentations. Enjoy!

30 September 2014

American Indian Keynote Presentations Are This Week!

The 5th graders have been hard at work creating Keynote presentations on their iPads. I can't wait to see how their presentations turn out. Check back for photos and recognition for outstanding presentations.

- Mr. Gordon

24 September 2014

Welcome

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year!  It's been a great first week and we've already learned a lot about "The First Americans".  The students will be engaging in a number of hands-on activities and classroom simulations this year.  For example, last week we modeled the migration of the first Americans by migrating throughout the 3rd floor of Goudy.  We also have a classroom economy, compete with our own currency and classroom jobs.  Parents, ask your children to explain how this all works and feel free to email me at cgordon2@cps.edu.  Thanks!  -Mr. Gordon