Fifth grade students have started the school year off learning to work cooperatively. They have begun a large unit in social studies covering Native American groups across America.  A great way to get students talking, practicing vocabulary, and reading information is to buddy them up with a classmate. In reading, we have been working on text structures.  Students have been working in small groups to find clues in their passages to determine which text structure the author was using. By learning how to discuss their subject information and how to work together as a team, students are making connections to the materials they are learning .  What a wonderful start to the year!