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21st Century 5th Grade Learners


George Washington's Biography: Lessons in Leadership - In this unit students learn about leadership traits and how they develop from childhood through adulthood as they learn about the life of George Washington. They also compare these traits to their own lives and see what leadership qualities they have. This lesson incorporates communication, collaboration, and discovery learning.

Digital Literacy

This website offers several lesson plans to address digital literacy using games and online activities. These lesson plans incorporate communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.

Digital Passport by Common Sense Media | Digital Passport

The interactive, fun, and effective way to teach and test the basics of digital citizenship to 3rd-5th grade. The Common Sense Digital Passport unit is online, motivating and engaging for the students. It incorporates critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration.


In this PDF are several lessons on communication and different types of communication. The students practe communication through role play activities and discussion.

Emotional Intelligence

On this Teacher vision page there are links to lesson plans, and activities that can be used throughout the curriculum to teach emotional intelligence. Many social and emotional issues are addressed through the lessons and activities.

Entreprneur contains economics and personal finance lessons for K-12 teachers and students. is brought to you by the Council for Economic Education. These units are creative, use hands-on learning, collaboration and communication.

Global Citizenship

The meaning of global citizenship, right and responsibilities are all taught through these lesson plans using inquiry learning. These lessons are hands-on, collaborative learning lessons which also incorporate student reflection and communication.

Problem Solving

Mystery Skype is a 45-60 minute critical thinking challenge that your class takes part in while Skyping with another class somewhere else in the world. Your students' goal is to guess the other school's location (country, state, city, school name) before they guess yours. We do this by asking yes and no questions.

This lesson uses critical thinking skills and problem solving skills to determine the location of another class. This lesson uses the 4 C's - communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. It is a very creative way to use technology to teach critical thinking and problem solving.


Waterwheels generate power from water flowing through the wheel which turns gears to perform work -- which may be grinding corn. Today, hydroelectric power plants also harness the power of water to provide electricity throughout the world. Hydroelectricity is a form of hydropower, and is the most widely used form of renewable energy today.

The objectives of this lesson are to work as a team and problem solve to build a waterwheel. Students will use the 4 C's - collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking to complete the task. Technology resources are also used for research.