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21st Century 5th Grade Learners


Leadership is a quality that few people possess naturally, but it's possible to bolster your child's leadership abilities, according to Penn State University Extension. This link provides teachers with resources to engage students in a plethora amount of leadership activities for students. These resources allow students to step out of their shell and really focus on being a leader.

Blogs give students an authentic reason to think through their writing because they know their audience can respond to them. In this lesson, students read blogs written by students their own age and learn to shape a well-thought-out response that addresses and answers the questions posed in the blog. Then, after reading, discussing, and deciding what makes a good blog entry or comment, students create their own response to a teacher-created blog entry to discuss the sequel possibilities of a favorite book.


This simple, fun partner activity develops students' communication skills.

This section of the Youth Deployment Activity Guide is designed to give people additional age appropriate resources that are helpful in teaching your child about emotions. The emotional and social skills that are presented were written in order to help you grow your child. The sections include Intrapersonal Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Adaptability, Stress Management and General Mood. Each section is further divided into sub-skills that address such things as Problem Solving, Happiness, Flexibility and other critical emotional and social competencies.

Students will be introduced to entrepreneurship and learn how inventing a product can lead to becoming an entrepreneur. The story of Maurice Scales, an American child inventor, will be read. Students will be given categories for possible inventions, brain- storm ideas and create their own invention or innovation. They will complete their product description and diagram for a page in a class’ book.

This lesson engages students in reflecting upon what it means to be a global citizen. Although students are often taught the concepts of citizenship and the characteristics of good citizenship during the elementary years, students may not have considered previously their roles as citizens in a global society. Using authentic examples of global citizenship among youth as a springboard for discussion, students determine how they are citizens at various levels. Afterward, students begin their inquiry of a chosen global issue about which they will take informed action at the end of the unit.


In this lesson, students consider how to work through a practical problem. They identify problems in their school that need fixing, then devise viable solutions to one of those problems, using problem-solving models and drawing on strategies like the social science of behavioral change.

Teamwork and Tangrams

This lesson focuses on the group process and is designed to introduce students to working in teams. This lesson is anchored in mathematics, using Tangram puzzles. Another task based on a different content area may be substituted. In this lesson, students reflect on their interpersonal skills while working in cooperative groups to solve Tangram puzzles. Students share and discuss their group skills using the Numbered Heads Together cooperative learning strategy.