-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
-How do innovations and technology effect change?
-How do environments effect change over time?
-What causes changes in industry?
-How do interactions influence change?
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.
In Science, we have been exploring processes that change the earth's surface including: weathering, erosion, and deposition. Students discovered how wind, ice, water, plants, and chemicals can all cause rocks to break into smaller pieces (sediments), move, drop in a new location, and sometimes even form a new landform. Students participated in an experiment demonstrating wind erosion on sand, water erosion on sand, and ice erosion on clay (harder sediments). Students are also able to make connections to their own ecosystem explaining concepts of how sand dunes on the beaches near Beaufort are formed, the effects of erosion and weathering on farms on St. Helena and ways farmers are trying to prevent those natural processes (furrows and trees), as well as the ever changing watershed at base of the Broad River. Next, we will dive deeper into watersheds and parts of the ocean floor.
English Language Arts
In ELA Mrs. Steven's class just concluded the novel, Among the Hidden. Students are working on a sequencing project on the book and will be finishing it this week. In this project, students are writing the 8 scenes in the book and talking about why they are the most important to the story. Next, Mrs. Steven's class will begin a unit on Nonfiction Text Structures.
In ELA Mrs. Cox's class just concluded their unit on Nonfiction Text Structures and took a unit test; these text structures will help students recognize how a text is organized and use this information to help improve their reading, summarizing, and analyzing skills.
Both ELA classes have begun their book club unit on 9/11. Over the next four weeks, students will be reading one of the following books: Towers Falling, Just a Drop of Water, Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story, or Eleven. Each Thursday this month, they will meet in their book clubs and lead discussions on that week's assigned reading. They will be expected to read the assign reading and complete a double entry journal as well as discussion questions, vocabulary and other metacognition activities they will be taught, in order to go to book clubs. This is an exciting and collaborative way to learn more about the events of 9/11, utilize reading strategies, and engage in literary discussions.
To begin the unit Lesley Roessing, shared information about the events of 9/11 and introduced how books clubs should look and run! She will be helping out with book club meetings throughout the unit. Thanks to her we received several copies of the books straight from the authors and publishers! She also gave each student a signed bookmark from Tom Rogers, author of Eleven. She will also be organizing a Skype session with him and the students at the end of our unit!
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 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 few pictures highlighting a few of these masterpieces!
Mighty Eight Museum
Students enjoyed the field trip to the Might Eight Museum. Students learned more about World War I, explored what life was like for American fighter pilots and crewmen during the war, and saw real life artifacts including planes and propaganda from the war.
Feeling the LOVE on Valentines Day!
Grandparents and Special Friends Breakfast
Students loved having their grandparents and specials friends to Riverview for a fun breakfast and special morning meeting! Students enjoyed sharing all of the wonderful aspects of Riverview with their family and friends!
Beaufort Twilight Run Video
Take a look at the fifth grade BTR VIDEO! And remember, The Beaufort Twilight Run is Saturday, March 23rd! Come out and support Riverview!!