My Favorite 5th Grade Lesson

**This is a 3-Part Series to share my favorite grade level lessons with you.**

If you know me…you know that I switched grade levels my first three years of teaching. I taught 5th Grade in the year 2016-2017. At my school, 5th Grade is completely departmentalized so there was an ELA, Social, Studies, Science, and Math class. Since I was an “extra” teacher that year (due to the enrollment that year), I taught half Math and half Reading to help reinforce the concepts taught in the other classes and help them pass the STAAR (State) Test.

Since students were getting double Math and double Reading…I had time to do a Novel Study over Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr. I read this book when I was in 6th grade and had no idea the impact this would have on my students πŸ™‚

We spent a couple weeks reading the book and spending some time researching the true story behind it. The students were so engaged and loved every part of it.

When we finished the book and took our test over it…we had a PAPER CRANE MAKING Day! Our goal was to make the 1,000 paper cranes (between all five of my classes) and hang them in the our 5th Grade hallway. I had parent volunteers come in and help because believe it or not…I could not help 20 kids at one time!

It took us about a week or two to make all 1,000 paper cranes. **NOTE: We only spent ONE full day making the paper cranes. Students wanted to finish the rest during recess time and extra moments throughout each day.


I am so glad/thankful that this turned into a MEMORABLE Novel Study for my fifth graders. Some of the students kept making them for their bedroom at home and one student made me the Golden Crane (top picture) that still rests on my bookshelf today!

Comment if you have a lesson that you vividly remember or that was memorable for your students! I would love to hear your activities/projects/lessons πŸ™‚ Have a fabulous day!