-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 earth 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.
Students have been exploring the idea of "Changes" by investigating how changes under the earth can effect the surface of earth. Students have explored topics of plate movement, erosion, and weathering. Students built models of different plate boundaries and discovered the types of natural disasters and landforms that are created as a result of these plate movements. The photos above show students conducting two different modeling experiments; in both activities students used materials like cool whip, graham crackers, wax paper, and tin foil to illustrate models of plate tectonics.
Next, students will discover about the natural process of erosion and weathering; they will explore the different types of erosion including water, wind, and gravitational erosion, as well as see how erosion and weathering cause changes to surface of the earth and can create and destroy different landforms.
In addition, students will learn about the features of the ocean floor and how scientists use sonar to map the bottom of the ocean. Students will simulate this technology on a small model of the ocean floor, and created mathematically accurate graphs of the depths at various locations. We will also learn how waves, tides, and currents can create changes along the ocean shore zone, and students will conduct an inquiry lab to explore how these natural processes shape the coastlines of the world.
English Language Arts
Students have been enjoying our new unit on Mysteries. Students learned important mystery vocabulary including words like suspect; red herring, detective, and motive to use while reading our mystery novel, Three Times Lucky. Students also explored the various aspects and uses of mysteries and puzzles, especially the use of ciphers and codes throughout history. To familiarize themselves with mysteries and solving puzzles, students have been playing a variety of mystery games including "Code Names," "Sherlock," and "Alibi" to name a few.
Throughout the unit, students will read the novel, Three Times Lucky by Sheilia Turnage. The book follows the adventures of Mo (Moses) and her best friend Dale as they try to figure who murdered Mr. Jesse in their small town of Tupelo Landing, while also discovering more about their own personal mysteries and themselves. While reading, students will be responsible for analyzing what they read, defining unfamiliar vocabulary, and participating in small reading groups, as well as solving the mystery!
First Grade Buddies
Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center