GROWTH & POWER FORCES All life is interdependent and interacts with one another Unbalanced forces cause change Change has both negative and positive consequences
Our 5th graders enjoyed spending the day at Hunting Island with our 1st grade buddies as we completed our spring service learning project.
This month has been spent learning about how propaganda was (and still is) used during WWI to influence our country’s opinions and emotions. We have also learned about how the Roaring 20’s brought about new music, styles and lots of FUN! All of this fun, however, led to the Great Depression which had a huge impact on our country! FDR’s New Deal programs helped our country during this time of turmoil and WWII eventually pulled us out of despair and back into prosperity.
We are all looking forward to our D.C. trip and having the history that we have been learning about all year come to life!
What are the two systems of measurement? What can you tell me about each system? How did ancient people measure length? To further explore our investigation of the Metric and U.S. Customary systems of measurement, students are given a brief history on the two systems and highlighting where the systems are used throughout the world. Students have also been converting customary and metric measurements and gaining a deeper understanding of this skill through explorations.
English Language Arts
In ELA we have just concluded our 9-11 novel study this week and the students finished their last book club on Thursday. They discussed the resolution of the books and found out how the conflict was resolved. We finished off the week by getting to speak to the author of Eleven, Tom Rogers, by Skype. It was very exciting for the students to be able to hear from the author of one of our 9-11 books. He was able to share with the children his inspiration about the story, and also talk about how hard it is to write and publish a book. Next week, when we visit Washington DC, students will be able to capture some of 9-11 history when we visit the memorial at the Pentagon (pictured above). In writing, students finished up a practice Text Dependent Analysis (TDA) essay response and typed it in technology. Students also practiced more with text structures this week, and reviewed elements of literature (conflict, plot, theme, characterization, and setting) during their book club meetings.
In Science, we have been exploring watersheds and the ocean floor. Students used DiscoverWater.org to research the elements of a watershed and investigate the watershed they live in! Students also looked at human factors that affect watersheds and the quality of water.
After Spring Break, we will begin learning about forces and motion. Students will have opportunities to create models of Newtown's Laws, as well as use technology to simulate various aspects of motion, speed, forces, and acceleration.
SOUTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM
Students enjoyed a field trip to the aquarium in Charleston, SC. Students discovered many exciting species and were able to touch stingrays, baby sharks, sea urchins, and starfish!