Yesterday students in 5B and 5C were hard at work identifying some of the physical properties of rocks and minerals. After the students had a chance to explore different rocks and minerals, we learned about the physical properties that scientists look for to help identify these substances. We learned about a mineral's luster, hardness, color, and streak.
Yesterday we started studying our unit on earth science. To kick start the unit students learned about the rapid changes to the Earth's surface. We talked about volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods.
Some of the students asked if I could post one of the websites we looked at today:
This website is an interactive map of active volcanoes and earthquakes. Check it out! It is a very informative and detailed map.
5th grade is excited to announce that we are raising approximately 125 rainbow trout! The eggs were delivered January 10th and we have been learning how to take care of them as they grow and develop.
We will be raising these fish for the rest of the school year, and we will be releasing them into a local river in the middle of May. Trout in the Classroom is a national program, with schools participating throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and many other states. The goal of the program is to help students foster a conservation ethic and to appreciate water resources. The Trout in the Classroom project works to protect local water resources by maintaining the number of trout.
Students will engage in many Trout in the Classroom activities. So far, two classrooms have been trained in testing the water for the correct pH, ammonia, and nitrite levels. As the trout continue to grow the student's responsibilities will increase.
We are excited to see our trout grow! If you are in school, feel free to stop by and take a look.
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!