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Mountain View’s 5th graders ask, “What’s in it for me?”
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Ms. Decker’s 5th-grade historians have been hard at work on a project-based learning experience, “What’s in it for me?”  Students were assigned a perspective and charged with investigating life in the 1700s and how the biggest defining U.S. documents (think Bill of Rights) impacted their assigned group.  They compiled their research, also taking into account events previously discussed in class. In doing so, students established the status quo, involvement, and treatment during the Revolutionary War, as well as the impact of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. After creating a slidedeck based on their research, students applied their knowledge by writing an original historical fiction piece demonstrating the perspective and treatment of their realistic fictional characters. Students assumed the persona of the character they created while presenting how they related their stories to their research.