Whether it be first hand on trips aboard the "Snow Goose" or from a laptop at our desk, students have been conducting research on the health of the Chesapeake Bay all year. We have been graphing the turbidity, salinity, and dissolved oxygen levels specifically. We started with just the Patapsco but have now expanded our research to Annapolis and Jamestown. This link will provide with you with more infomation on just how we do it! A big thanks to NOAA for allowing us access to their buoys!
The last two months our students have been charting and graphing the dissolved oxygen, salinity, and turbidity levels of the Patapsco River. Some of it we have done in person aboard the Snow Goose and some of the research has been conducted in the classroom using the NOAA website. At the end of each week the students found the range, median, mode and solved other problems with their data they have collected. This week we added the James River to our graphs. We will be comparing and contrasting the two rivers and discuss the differences. Talk with your children tonight about the graphs and specifically why the James River has a much higer turbidity rate than the Patapsco's!
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!
What a fantastic day out on the Patapsco River! It is hard to name all the activites the students took part in! They tested the water's turbidity, salinity, and oxygen levels and recorded their findings. The observed and recorded the various wildlife we saw AND touched. They also just enjoyed a beautiful day out on the water. Ask you children what they learned today aboard the Snow Goose! We will be going back out on the Snow Goose in the Spring to compare and contrast the water quality and wildlife from today.
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.)
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!