Our learning about and using fractions continues. We are using games and practice to reinforce adding, subtracting, and with renaming as well as completed a project finding fractions of for colors within pictures the students drew. We will continue exploring fractions and begin to look at multiplying and dividing in the coming weeks.
Our class novel, Among the Hidden is a hit! You know it’s good when the kids are begging you to read!! This is a compelling novel about our protagonist, Luke Garner, a shadow child, a third child, a forbidden child. He lives his entire life in hiding due to a population law imposed by the government. A housing development is replacing the woods around his family farm, and he is no longer allowed to go outside……I can’t tell you anymore, you will have to ask your child about it!
As we read, we are focusing on literary elements-exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution. We are doing an in depth study of how an author creates round, dynamic characters like Luke Garner, and comparing and contrasting characters in the novel and in our independent reading books.
Through the Socratic Seminar format, we will connect our novel to our social studies concepts of propaganda, democracy vs totalitarian government, and human rights. We will connect to our science concepts of nonrenewable resources, population needs and deforestation.
The students have explored the effects of erosion, weathering and deposition on our ocean’s landscapes. We witnessed how currents are created and completed a lab showing warm water rising and cool water falling. We also discussed the effects of waves and currents on the ocean floor/beach, and how these movements effect change and shape our underwater landscapes. Students created their own ocean floor projects to show off their learning and understanding of how our Earth (even under water) is shaped.
The students have also been learning about matter, physical and chemical changes. We have been busy completing investigations about both of these types of changes. They explored physical changes by attempting to perform one on a regular index card so that they could walk through it….they didn't believe it could be done, but ask them about it and they will make you a believer. They will explore a chemical changes using alka-seltzer tablets and different water temperatures. Ask them about their observations and the conclusion we were able to make regarding temperature and chemical change.
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 learned about how propaganda was used during the war and had the opportunity to analyze WWI propaganda posters. Students then used this knowledge to integrate with ELA and create posters that would support/oppose the third child law from the novel, Among the Hidden. Come by and take a look!
Our field trip to the Mighty 8th was awesome! This helped to front load information for the students to revisit once we begin WWII in a few weeks. Ask your child about all of the information that they learned from our guide, Rosie the Riveter.