We include several aspects of the AVID program in our fifth grade curriculum. AVID is a program that is designed to promote students to attend college. We begin our program by helping the students get organized. Each student has a binder with tabs for various curriculum areas as well as an agenda for writing down homework and other important information. We also have students take Cornell notes, which helps them organize the information that they are learning and it prepares them for higher level thinking. Another aspect of AVID that we incorporate is guest speakers. We ask that our guests talk about their jobs, how it relates to our fifth grade standards, and the education that it took to obtain those jobs. We want our students to know that they can all go to college and be successful.
Learn more about AVID: http://www.avidonline.org/