Changes Unit- Enduring Understandings:
-All life is interdependent and interacts causing change
-All things change over time.
-Patterns and interactions change over time and help us learn about our earth and its culture.
This second trimester, students will study the changes in power, economy, industry and our earth's features. Through the course of our studies, they will discover how natural and human processes change societies and our environment. They will make connections between technological advancements and changes within society and will analyze how human activities can impact watersheds and oceans. Ultimately, the students will gain a deeper understanding of how humans interact with the environment causing change which can effect our industry, economy and our natural environment positively and negatively.
Our 5th grade big idea, Growth and Power, has proved evident as students discovered how our country grew in both size and power at the turn of the century. With the acquisition of Alaska and Hawaii and a victory in the Spanish American War, our country emerged as a World Power. A solid government, strong military and stable economy all led to this rise in power.
With the perspective of the U.S. as a powerhouse, our studies led to WWI. We discovered the causes of the war, but have an understanding of why the U.S. didn't really want to enter at first. Students are learning about how propaganda was used during the war and will have the opportunity to analyze WWI propaganda posters. Students will then use this knowledge to integrate with ELA and create posters that would support/oppose the third child law from the novel, Among the Hidden. Once complete, come by and take a look!
To wrap up our Industrial Revolution unit, students created individual cartoons which depicted one of the topics we have been studying in class (women's rights / suffrage, mail order catalogs, urbanization and mechanization just to note a few). The students' hard work definitely paid off. Please enjoy a slideshow highlighting a few of these masterpieces!