Over the last few weeks we have been discussing the effects of fossil fuels on our environment. Students have even pointed out examples of pollution they have seen day to day around Baltimore, but also on our trips to Philadelphia, D.C., and other destinations. Ask your children what the difference is between chemical and physical weathering. You might want to also get in a discussion with them about various ways to conserve energy around the house. We have also learned about alternatives to fossil fuels. Almost all of the alternatives have little to no pollution. But they also have some major disadvantages. Hydroelectric power has had a major impact on the Colorado River. Look at this brand new video I found on twitter @NatGeoGreen on the dwindling Colorado River. For more information on fossil fuels and alternative energy sources look in pp. 230-241 in your child's textbook.
Yesterday we visited the Smithsonian Musuem of American History in Washington D.C. We walked through the "Price of Freedom" exhibit which is a timeline of American history and wars fought to preserve our freedom. We also went through the Star Spangled Banner exhibit and learned even more for our research for the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. Afterwards the students took in the sights and sounds of the National Mall and even got in a game of hackey sack with Mr. P! Many more pics to come!
Below I have our upcoming field trips and dates
listed. All of these trips are very important part of our thematic unit “Wars of Expansion” as well as our Star Spangled Banner National Trail community service project with the National Park Service. We will even be partaking in math and science activities at the Naval Academy! The first field trip slip will be coming home this Friday. Let me know if you have any questions!
JAN. 25th –Maryland Historical Society (Baltimore,
· Cost $6 (This is the admission fee only. They are paying for our
bus!) Pack a lunch
JAN. 31st–National Museum of the Marine Corps (Quantico, VA)
· $10 (transportation)
· Pack a lunch
FEB. 7th- US Capitol Building and Library of Congress (Washington D.C.)
· $10 (transportation)
· Pack a lunch or bring money for lunch
FEB. 8th-US Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD)
· Lunch will be provided by the Naval Academy!
Last September some of our fifth graders and other students from PPPCS were invited on a tour of The White House Garden. Michelle Obama has just released her new book on eating healthy and our students are shown on the tour! Go out and buy the book today!
Tour of U.S. Capitol
We will be going on our final field trip on Tuesday, June 5th. We always end the 5th grade year with a tour of the National Mall. We start the day at the Lincoln Memorial and end at the U.S. Capitol Building. Along the way we stop at the Smithonsian Museum of American History where we learn about all the different eras of American history in one place! There are many amazing artifacts there including George Washington's uniform, the desk that Robert E. Lee signed signed the surrender papers at the end of the Civil War, and the last Huey Helicopter flown in Vietnam.
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!