Yesterday we visited the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Students took part in an archaeology lab in which they found pieces from various era in history. Using primary source documents and some strategic deducing they were able to pin point what era the artifacts came from and then pieced them back together. The "Zap, Pow, Bam" exhibit was exciting, as well. Students researched the "Golden Era" of comic book history. Ask them about the original Super Man sketchings tonight! You might want to also ask them who the original Super Heros were battling against in the "Golden Era". (1939-1950) The museum curators were very pleased with our students' behavior and are excited to have us back again!
Today we visited the "Top of the World" exhibit at the World Trade Center in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Students had a 360 degree view of the city where they could see as far out as the Cheseapeake Bay to the south and Towson to the north. Each student was asked to locate various geometric shapes they saw throughout the city and draw label the names of those shapes and buildings on their research activity sheet. Students were also asked to estimate the distance to various landmarks like the Key Bridge and Camden Yards. Tomorrow in class we will see how close their estimates were! In addition they also learned distances to various cities around the world and some Baltimore cinema history! Ask your children about it tonight!
In addition to our Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail project we are doing, we also have our "Harris Creek Connected" community service project we will be completing in April. Local artist and graphic designer, Ben Peterson, has plotted out the entire project of which we are one piece. Harris Creek currently runs underneath the park by the tennis courts and the ice skating rink. Everything we do effects Harris Creek which in turn effects the Chesapeake Bay. All that trash that goes down the storm drains goes through the creek and into the bay. Hopefully with this project our community can be better informed and not litter in the park and streets. Baltimore is such an incredible city with such a rich history. This is just another way to connect the past with the present through Art, Math, Language Arts, Science and History. We can't wait to get started! Visit Ben's blog on the project here.
The following article was posted on the National Park Service website this week. I am unable to connect to the link so I have pasted it here for you.
PPPCS students at the Smithsonian to see the actual Star Spangled Banner in person
Last week our students finished their research on their Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. This week we will vote on our top 3 that we want to send into the National Park Service. Next we will be creating the uniforms, designing the weapons, painting the boat that will all be used in our film we are making in our reenactment of the Battle of Baltimore.
Today we put our final touches on our Star Spangled Banner Trail community service project after months of exhaustive research. Mrs. Abbi Wicklein from the National Park Service came today to help us through the final section. Students worked in groups to create the historical marker. Groups chose what they felt were the most important pictures and information to go on the marker. Each group also came up with a title for the marker. There were some very creative ideas! Tomorrow we will vote on our top three and send it into the National Park Service. The marker will be unveiled on May 17th! Save the date!
Smoove n' Straight won the first, best out of seven, Super Bowl amongst fifth graders this year. The final score was 77-70. Wale World put up a valiant effort with only 5 players! Our MVP voting will take place on Monday. We will also figure out our average scores next week! New teams will be drawn up next Friday.
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!