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 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!
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 we did a "Poster Walk" in Mr. Kaiser's class to get an idea of where we will be visiting this year and how those trips related to what we be reading in our textbooks. We discussed places we have always gone like Gettysburg, Antietam and Washington D.C. We also previewed new trips to places like Assateague Island. Ask you children what they learned today in class. It is going to be an exciting year!
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!