Today students worked in groups and became experts on one of five major animal groups (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals). Once they found all the important information they then shared their research with the rest of the class. Everyone took notes on other the findings of the other groups. Check your children's Guided Notes tonight for more details and read over pp. 68-69 with them! They have a take home quiz with them, as well.
We were surprised with a field trip to Ft. McHenry this upcoming Friday! We will primarily be learning about The War of 1812 and the Battle of Baltimore. We will also take in the sights and sounds of the Patapsco River and the last salt marsh left on the entire harbor. I have attached the field trip slip for those students who were invited. Over the course of the school year we will be working WITH the National Park Service to create and dedicate some official memorials and plaques here in the park dedicated to the brave citizens here during the Battle of Baltimore. We hope the park can be a focal point for the Bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore in Sep. 2014! To learn more about the Battle of Baltimore and what happened here in the park read the link! (Hampstead Hill is the name of the hill where the Pagoda is now located in the park.)
In class today students worked in groups to identify certain characteristics of mollusks, echinoderms, and arthropods. Students wrote the characteristics on their paper and then shared their findings with the whole group. Learn more about these characteristics on pp. 66-67.
Today we learned about simple invertebrates in Science class. We looked at pictures of our trip last week to Assateague Island to recall some invertebrates we touched with our own hands. In the picture to the left a student is holding a mole crab. In the picture below I am holding a jelly fish. We also saw blue crabs and ghost crabs. Learn more about simple invertebrates on pp.64-65! Please also review past vocabulary words with your children whenever you get a chance. Its hard to retain all those words without a little review. We will continue to review games in the classroom like "Center Piece", but the more you can do at home the better!
What a truly incredible day we had at Assateague Island! Students learned so many things about the plants, animals, and diverse ecosystems of this important barrier island off of Maryland's coast! Ask your children what type of fish they caught in the marsh. How many shrimp and jelly fish did they haul in with their nets? What types of crabs were they digging for on the ocean/beach side? How do all of these animals affect the ecosystem in which they live in? And by the way.....what is an ecosystem!? These are all very important questions as we learn more about the environments in and around Maryland and what we can do to preserve them! We also finally saw up close the Chesapeake Bay, Chincoteage Bay, Choptank River and Atlantic Ocean. Its one thing to read about these physical features in our textbooks, but its another thing to actually them in person. NEXT UP.....Oct. 5th trip to Cumberland. We learn about the French and Indian War, Colonial Times, and the Underground Railroad. We also get to see the Appalachian Mountains and some spectacular valleys!
Yesterday we finished our Vascular Plant activity by seeing how much of the red water was "soaked up" by the celery. Ask your children if their hypothesis was correct and what t
Today in Science we started our Vascular Plant Experiment. Students began the experiment and wrote down their materials and hypothesis. Ask you children tonight what their hypothesis was and what they hope to see tomorrow. Check back tomorrow for our conclusion and analysis! Students also read about plant stems and leaves on pp. 54-56 today. Read it with them tonight and quiz them on the various parts of a plant!
Today all students were able to access their laptops to assist in their research of their Explorers. MAKE SURE to have a library book on your Explorer by next Monday. We can't always depend on technology as some students found out today! Some were not charged after the previous class used them. We also started a nice Science unit on "Plants". Read over pp. 50-53 tonight with your children. We plan on seeing a diverse amount of plants on our trip to Assateague Island on Thursday! Click on the links to see just how diverse!
Today students took their Unit 1 Fractions Assessment in Math. Take some time to look over the assessments when they come home and review and problems they seem to struggle with. If you have any questions please email Mr. Pelletier at firstname.lastname@example.org
Before taking the Science Quiz today students played a game called "Center Piece" in teams. Ask your children tonight how they played the game and reviewed key vocabulary words and concepts from our Cells and Classifying Life units. pp. 18-45
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!