As part of the life science unit, all of the 5th grade classes have been using microscopes to analyze and identify animal and plant cells. They looked at onion epidermis, a goldfish scale, a piece of a butterfly wing, and the piece of a carnation stem. Ask your child which slide was their favorite!
On Monday September 14, 5C had the pleasure of going on the Snow Goose. We had a great time looking at what was a the bottom of the river, the different ways that Baltimore is cleaning the river, and fishing. We were able to learn about and see the garbage boat that picks up trash that floats into the river. We also caught 18 fish and 8 crabs!!! We had a great time and learned about how can make sure to keep the river a clean place for us and the animals to enjoy.
Over the past two days our students went on a fantastic field trip run by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. On their boat, the Snowgoose, students explored the Patapsco River. We learned about the problems affecting this ecosystem, and learned how this ecosystem directly impacts the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the surrounding ecosystems. Students explored the river for evidence of biodiversity and conducted many water quality tests. We tested the water for dissolved oxygen levels and salinity levels. We dredged for oysters and learned why oysters are such an integral part to the ecosystem. Ask your child about the trip tonight...I'm sure they will be full of facts to share with you!
A big thank you to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and our Snowgoose teachers John and Jocelyn! What a great learning experience for all of our students.
Students finished studying a social studies unit on European Explorers. Students showcased their knowledge by creating a portrait of the explorer their group was assigned. Students were asked to teach the rest of the class about their Explorer, by explaining their Explorer's motives, who sponsored their trips, and what land they found/claimed for their country. Our students learned a lot of information about these Explorers and many of our students realized how brave and adventurous they were. Unfortunately our students also learned that these same Explorers treated specific groups of people very poorly. Ask your child to explain.
Check out all of the hard work our students did:
Last Friday the 5th Grade traveled to the Marshy Point Nature Center in Baltimore County to explore the Dundee creek. Our trip started off with us learning all about the Chesapeake Bay watershed. We looked at pictures of the watershed and learned about some of the current problems the watershed is facing. We then met and touched some animals that live here! Later we walked through the forests to get to an opening of the Dundee creek. Here some students put on some wading boots and helped the park rangers use a net to scrape for different organisms. We found so many neat things! Ask your child if they remember some of the organisms we found.
Overall, it was a great day for learning. Check out the pictures below of our fun day:
In science class we just finished learning about cells. Students first got to use microscopes to look at the cells in the skin of an onion, the wing of a butterfly, the stem of a carnation, and the scale of a fish! Students loved looking at these organisms through the microscope. Ask you child if they can tell you the difference between animal cells and plant cells!
Yesterday 5th grade visited Ft. McHenry to take part of the living flag. Over 6,000 students from around the state came together to create the largest living flag in our nation's history! What a special day to be a part of. The living flag was organized as a way to help students celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner and Baltimore's role in the War of 1812. Our students learned a lot as we waited to form one of the white stripes in the American Flag. Ask your child why the flag looks a little different than it does today. Some of our students even made the news! Be sure to check out the links below to take a look. Enjoy!
-Two of our very own 5th Graders were quoted in the: Baltimore Sun
-Click here to watch the video of the living flag formation
-WBAL's coverage of the day
The 5th grade teachers have been working hard to get ready for the start of the school year. We are excited to meet all of you this Monday!
To have a successful start to 5th grade make sure you come to school rested and excited to learn. We are asking that all students have all of their classroom supplies by Friday August 29th.
Let's have a great year!
Ms. Kramer, Ms. Gutting, and Mr. P
Welcome to the 5th Grade Blog!
This blog is dedicated to the fifth grade at Patterson Park Public Charter School in Baltimore, MD. Our hope is that this blog will keep students, parents, and anyone else interested up to date with all that we have going on during the school year. Let us know what you think!