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We continue to work our survival novel Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Students are analyzing Brian's traits and how his character faces different types of conflicts throughout the book. Brian realizes that through positive thinking and perseverance he can accomplish most anything. This is a wonderful character trait for all of our students to emulate. After Thanksgiving break, we will finish our novel and continue working on our writing skills, practicing detailed sentences and paragraphs.
Students have been busy exploring different Ecosystems and learning more about biotic and abiotic factors that effect those Ecosystems. Students discovered new information about food chains and food webs by creating their own personal food web and keeping a food log, connecting what they ate to other organisms. Students will finish the unit by examining the Nitrogen and Carbon Cycle and learning how decomposers play a major part in those cycles, as well as how important those cycles are to the production of the food web (even the stinky stuff)! We will also discuss how human activities have effected those cycles and have created issues in our ecosystem (Climate Change), discovering the importance of protecting our environment by not adding additional materials to the atmosphere, recycling, and many more activities in order to keep the Ecosystem balanced! Above are photos of our owl pellet experiment! Our next unit will be on landforms and oceans!
Our math unit on decimals is now coming to an end...but not to be forgotten! Students have been adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals to the thousandths place value. They wrapped up this unit by creating art models representing multiplication and division. They were also assigned a task of researching and creating their very own restaurant menus. As "America's top new chefs", they were in charge of designing a menu with a minimum of 10 items and the cost of those 10 items. Our students went above and beyond the 10 items required, creating some of the most well designed and appetizing menus we have ever seen! Students then had to pretend that they were treating their friends and family members to a night out at their new restaurant. They were responsible for recording what they and their guests ordered on a guest check. They added the total cost of the meal, included sales tax, gratuity, and the final cost. Students were amazed and surprised by how "expensive" a night out at a fancy restaurant actually costs! This real world application truly taught them a "valuable" lesson!
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After discussing and completing our owl pellet experiment, the Lowcountry Raptors visited the fifth grade. Our very own Kori Muller conducted a presentation on the centers' owls, sharing her extensive knowledge with the entire fifth grade! The students and teachers learned more about owls and had an opportunity to see the owls that have been saved and protected by the center.
Port Royal Sound Maritime Center
To wrap up the Survivor Unit, students enjoyed a field trip the Port Royal Sound Maritime Center. Students went on a nature walk through a local Beaufort ecosystem, used microscopes to discover microecosystems, and learned more about organisms that thrive in our community.
More Fun with Our Buddies
Fifth grade students continue to enjoy spending time with our first grade buddies, building strong relationships and acting as positive role models for the first graders!