Honey Horn Plantation
Our students enjoyed a day filled with discovering and learning about owl pellets and what they can tell us about owls, the Lowcountry's plants, their uses and identification and examining phytoplankton.
ELA- Students have been evaluating stories’ themes. Identifying the theme of a story can be challenging. It requires the reader to identify a main idea in the story, and then extend the idea to the real world. We found themes in news stories, songs and short stories. Students were given themes to create short stories. They did a wonderful job!
We are also learning to use figurative language to develop a more mature and rich writing style. We are exploring similes, metaphors, hyperboles, personification, idioms and allusions! Learning how writers use words beyond their literal meaning through the use of figurative language extends comprehension and enhances their writing abilities. Next week, we will extend our study of story plot, theme and figurative language through our new novel study of Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
Fifth grade has been working hard becomming familiar with fractions, comparing fractions, creating equivalent fractions and starting to look at finding strategies to identify the GCF (greatest common factor) and the LCM (least common multiple). We will be continuing to work with fractions throughout January .
We continue our studies of the Industrial Revolution fro the perspective of individuals living in rural and urban areas. Students are learning how these places changed due to the influx of new industries and immigrants coming to our country. We will discover the impact that it had on both society and the work place.
Our next assignment will involve creating a COMIC STRIP that will depict any of the topics that we have studies throughout this unit. This will be integrated into our ELA studies and students will use STORY MAPPING, NARRATION and “SHOWING, NOT TELLING” to aid in their creations. I can't wait to see how these turn out! They will be displayed in the hallway upon submission.
Enduring Understanding-All things change over time.
Students have been studying erosion and weathering. We conducted many stream table labs to show how water erodes soil and through the process of deposition new land is created.
We are exploring the ocean floor and comparing continental landforms to landforms created in the oceanic crust. By completing labs, students are learning about waves, currents, tides and how they all help to shape our underwater landscapes. We also learned about submersibles used to explore and learn about the deepest trenches of the ocean.!