Grade 5

5th Grade News

Each week the 5th graders have a theme that is connected to the Habits of Mind. This week’s theme was, “Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.”
As we all know, there is often some failure along the way when trying to obtain knowledge that is slightly “out of reach.”  When we accept failure, and keep trying, we feel so satisfied when we achieve our goal.
The students have also been participating in team building activities in order to better understand the weekly themes and to build collaboration and respect amongst each other.  This week’s activity was a game called “Traffic Jam.”  The premise of the game was lining up two groups of students that were facing each other.  The groups had to one by one move a student until both groups were on the opposite side (see video).
In order to make things feel grander to the students, and to give them a sense of accomplishment, they had to complete the activity in 20 seconds.  This took a couple of days to do, but in the end they all succeeded.  Here are a couple of quotes from the kids on how they felt:  “Success, after long failure, felt satisfying because we were keyed up and frustrated.  When we finished and beat the goal, all was replaced with a satisfying feeling and joy.”  “Success, after long failure, felt good because we had tried very hard to meet our goal. We had overcome a challenge, and that was much more satisfying than if we had had nothing to overcome.” “Success, after failure, felt good because after we failed we did not get upset, we kept trying until we got it.”