If you were given absolute freedom to do anything you wanted in your classroom for 5 weeks, what unit would you teach? What kind of writing would you do?

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I would do a Life Science project - plant/tend a garden. Writing could be technical (how to care for plants, for example) or imaginative (what does a seed think as it grows into a plant?). We'd get dirty, experiment with different seeds, different environments, different care...I think it would be a blast!

I would do a unit on multicultural literature and have the parents come into the class and share recipes , songs , dances, etc. The writing would be a collection of stories written by students and parents.

I would do a community service project. Identify a problem in our neighborhood, research ways to solve it, write up an action plan, and hopefully solve it!

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