In order to prepare for the Science MSA, students learned about animal and plant cells. Then, they got to make one or the other using edible material. Students were very creative in showing how much they knew about this topic!
Students in 5B and 5C have been hard at work creating models of soil erosion. They are demonstrating what happens when trees are cut down and the roots can no longer keep the soil in place. Students are also making posters to go along with their models to demonstrate their understanding of what too much soil does to the Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem. Ask your child what the word turbidity means and have them explain to you why we want the Bay to have low turbidity levels. I am excited to see the groups present their finished products!
Wanted to show an updated picture of our trout. Our rainbow trout have been growing quickly! They are becoming much more aggressive and are starting to develop shiny colorful scales that are seen in adult rainbow trout. Their fins are starting to get larger and darker in color. Some of their bellies also appear to be bloated. Most of our trout are currently considered fingerlings because they are around 2-2.5 inches long. Ask your child what else they have noticed about our developing trout.
The task: Students were faced with a problem. They were told that a construction company is planning on building a brand new state of the art hotel in a state park that borders the Chesapeake Bay. In order to build the hotel on stable land, the construction workers will have to cut down quite a few trees and then flatten the land.
The Action: Students created models to educate the public on the impact these actions will have on the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. Ask your child to describe the link between cutting down trees, turbidity levels, soil erosion, and the health of the ecosystem. Check out some of these great models of soil erosion!
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!