I am not a huge fan of teaching 5th grade. They are disrespectful, and I'm not use to disrespectful students.
Anyways, we've been reading this story in Reading class about a blind woman and her guide dog Ursala. Since the story talks about braille (the system of writing that the blind use) I thought it'd be interesting to teach it in my class. So today, I gave them a project. I came up with a list of questions, and they had to answer them using braille. I gave them a sheet with all the letters on it, and how to make the braille.
Moral of the story, I thought it was really a cool idea... they unfortunately, did not.
At the end of the day, I sometimes feel like a failure. Maybe this is one of the reasons. Hmm.