Today we started a brand new unit in our Science book on "Earth Science". Ask your children about the game "Password" we played today using our new vocabulary terms on pp. 146-147!
Amazingly the Bay received an even better grade today than yesterday! The results of our research are below. Two days in a row we saw a bald eagle!
Believe it or not the Bay got a grade of a "C" from us yesterday. Normally it receives a D or a D-. Students carried out research on dissolved oxygen, temperature, turbidity, pH, and salinity. Ask them about the results listed below!
Students had a great time helping Audubon plant some native plants in the Wetland Garden and the Butterfly Garden on Thursday afternoon. We learned about the importance of having more plants in the park to provide a habitat for birds, insects and other small animals as well as the difference between native plant species and invasive species. Several students exclaimed, “This is hard work, but it’s fun too!” The staff at Audubon were very happy to have such fantastic workers to help them with the task!
Today students took part in a fantastic Arts Integration lesson! Students researched different ways that Chesapeake Bay grass and animals are affected by humans. They then created signs and imitated news reporters reporting live from the scene on the Chesapeake Bay! Please note Carson's mustache! (left) We took a video of the "live report"! I will let you know as soon as we have it uploaded on our website!
Today we started our American Revolution Theme. Projects were handed out and students will have time in each class to work on them. Make sure to get a book at the local library to help you with your research! We will be taking trips to Philadelphia and to the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. as part of our theme. We will see where our country and government were created in Independence Hall (pictured left) and our government currently working today at the Capitol. (below)
Each day our students will be charting and graphing the turbidity rate of the Patapsco River. We use information collected from a NOAA buoy at the mouth of the river to graph our information. Ask your children what might affect the turbidity rate of the river and what we can do to prevent it from getting worse. We will be testing the turbidity rate, salinity, and oxygen levels in person aboard the "Snow Goose" next week and again in the Spring!
Today students learned about the importance of wetlands in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed we live in. Ask your children about the activity and why wetlands are so important to the health of the Chesapeake Bay! To learn more about Maryland's water ecosystems read pp. 122-123 in their Science book with them tonight. We have personally already visited many of the ecosystems mentioned in the book! (Assateague Island, Chesapeake Bay)
Today we had a very exciting science lab! Students learned about owls and how they eat their prey. Then each student got their own owl pellet to dissect. Students worked hard to dissect their pellet using their fingers, tweezers, and probes. Students categorized and sorted the bones they found and used a bone ID chart to identify what animal their owl ate! Ask your child what kind of skull was inside their owl pellet!
We had an absolutely incredible visit to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. last Friday. Students were able to finish their Colonial Projects with some key details they found at the exhibit. We also visited the Titaniboa and Mammals exhibits while we were there. Our students received praise from other visitors while we were there. One high school group from Richmond was not only impressed with their behavior but also how immersed they were in their projects and scavenger hunts! We ended the trip with lunch on the National Mall enjoying the beautiful day!
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!