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On Fridays, Mrs. Buck’s 5th grade class has a chance to participate in what is called genius hour.

Each student who has completed their work for the week gets to write a “learning plan” explaining how they’d like to use their hour of independent learning. When their plan is approved, they can start working.

Some of the projects and goals they have going on right now are: creative writing stories, engineering projects, and  building models.

At the end of every genius hour, students write a “reflection” telling about how their project is going, or how they are doing on their learning goals.

Many of these projects were funded by a grant received by Mrs. Buck. They now have some exciting things like a water purification science kit and several Rube Goldberg machine kits.

What a fantastic way to keep learning fun and individualized. Can you create a genius hour in your homes?

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