-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.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
Students are also reading non-fiction text and learning the different types of text structures. Students are working on finding key words in text in order to identify the type of text structure the author uses. By the end of the unit students will be able to recognize the five different nonfiction text structures including: cause and effect, problem-solution, chronological order, sequencing, and compare and contrast.
In writing, students continue to practice argument writing, as well as how to respond to a writing prompt. These last few weeks, students worked closely with Mrs. Lesly, a writing liaison, who helped teach the students more about the components of argument writing. She used real life examples (like General Sherman: Hero or Villain) and fictional stories (like "Goldie Locks and the Three Bears") to help illustrate the different sides of arguments and the elements that make up a strong argument. Look out for your child's final argumentative essay in the next few weeks!
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.