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Holiday Walkabout December 21, 2004. Handley Elementary Fifth Grade Room 206. Welcome to Room 206. Tonight’s Holiday Open House displays a collection of projects from our fifth grade time period. The fifth grade time period is from 1850-1920 . Author: Charles Dickens

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Holiday WalkaboutDecember 21, 2004

Handley Elementary

Fifth Grade

Room 206

Mrs. Lisa Sweebe


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Welcome to Room 206

  • Tonight’s Holiday Open House displays a collection of projects from our fifth grade time period.

  • The fifth grade time period is

    from 1850-1920.

Mrs. Sweebe


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Author: Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was a 19th century writer from England. During the holidays he is known for his famous story A Christmas Carol He also wrote Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby and many other novels that dealt with social issues such as the poor and child labor during this time period.

Composer: P.I.Tchaikovsky

Peter Tchaikovsky was a 19th century composer from Russia. During the holidays he is known for the ballot The Nutcracker. He also composed other ballots such as, Swan Lake. A lot of his symphonies often depict the difficult times Russia was going through during this time period.

Time Period Studies

Mrs. Sweebe


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Time Period Projects

  • Miniature Dickensville Village

  • Mini Victorian House Ornaments

  • Nutcracker Figures & Ornaments

  • Walnut Ornaments

Mrs. Sweebe



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Miniature Dickensville

  • Students studied the architectural history of houses from books, web sites and a tour of a Department 56 Dickens village.

  • Students read and diagramed the cause and effects of Europe’s Industrial Revolution and the urban slums of England.

  • Students were assigned to make a miniature scale Victorian house out of a 64 oz. orange juice carton.

Mrs. Sweebe


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Dickensville Unit Data

  • 25-students were pre and post tested on information about Victorian architecture and urban design.

  • 25-students had to list what natural materials were use on houses, list characteristics of Victorian doors and windows, and describe how cities were designed during Dickens time period.

Mrs. Sweebe



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Nutcracker Unit

  • Students listened and studied Tychoviasky’s ballot The Nutcracker

  • Students made paper nutcrackers, nutcracker ornaments, & golden walnut ornaments.

  • Students illustrated and read different versions of The Nutcracker

Mrs. Sweebe


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Nutcracker Unit Data

  • 25-students were surveyed before and after the unit. They were asked what was their favorite form of the story, The Nutcracker?

  • Before the unit most students were only familiar with the ballot or picture book story.

  • After the unit the novel replaced the ballot as their favorite form of the story.

Mrs. Sweebe


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Beyond the Units

I encourage students to take away with them the appreciation of architecture, music, and literature from this time period. It is important for the fifth graders to make historical connections between some of the holiday traditions we commemorate today with their origin and purposes from the past.

Mrs. Sweebe


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Informational Resources Cited

  • Ventura, Piero. Houses. New York:Houghton Mifflin Co., 1992.

  • Huntington, Lee Pennock. Americans At Home. New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, Inc., 1981.

  • “Dickens.” Hyper History Online. 15 December 2004.

    http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/people_n2/persons6_n2/dickens.html

  • “Dickens Frequently Asked Questions.” The Dickens Project. 15 December 2004.

    http://humwww.ucsc.edu/dickens/index.html

  • “New England Village.” Victorian House. 15 December 2004.

    http://www.benjerry.com/assets/images/fun_stuff/papercrafts/victorian.gif

Mrs. Sweebe


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Graphic Resources Cited

http://www.pics4learning.com/

http://school.discovery.com/clipart/

Mrs. Sweebe


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