We started filming our reenactment today. We will give you a few sneak peek pictures today. Carson loved playing the role of Robert Ross! However, if you want to see the whole film you need to come next Friday at the Historic Field Day! (10am-12pm) See you there!
Today we FINALLY took the boat out on the water! Last year the fifth graders built the boat in October. Today both fifth and sixth graders took the boat out on the Boat Lake in Patterson Park on a trial run. Students worked together to paddle themselves around the lake. We will be using the boat in our reenactment film of "The Battle of Baltimore" next Friday. Some students were even interviewed by City Schools about their project. It was quite a day!
Today we began our year round Service Project. We will be examing various organisms in and around the Boat Lake ecosystem each month. At the end of the year the students will create a booklet describing the various organisms that can be seen there during the different seasons. Some of the organisms are so tiny that they can only be identified by use of a microscope. Others were observed in their natural habitat at the Boat Lake. This all fits in perfectly with our Colonial Era Theme. In Science we will be learning how the Colonists had to adapt to the new ecosysems they found here in the New world.
Next week students will be studying Ecosystems in their Science textbooks starting on p. 82. In order to prepare them for that unit they created their own miniature ecosystems with partners today. We went to the boat lake and collected biotic and abiotic pieces of the Boat Lake ecosystem and put them in our own two liter bottles. Some of the biotic factors (organisms) can be see with the eye but many are too tiny. Next Monday we will analyze these ecosystems underneath the microscope and will report our findings! Scroll down to see more pics here.
We had quite an exciting trip to Ft. McHenry last Friday. Not only did we tour the Visitor's Center and the Fort itself, but we also got to take part in the flag activity. Many of our students had lots of prior knowledge of the Battle of Baltimore and the flag itself because of the Flag House tour they went on a few years ago. After lunch we observed the last remaining salt marsh in the entire harbor. We collected a water sample from there and plan on comparing the brackish water of the Patapsco River to the fresh water we collected at the Boat Lake today in Patterson Park! For more photos scroll down here.
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!