Fifth Grade Newsletter
October 30, 2015
Singing The Star Spangled Banner with the 4th graders
Madeline is painting Swimmy Island in social studies class.
The Parklands Field Trip
Fifth graders had a beautiful day to explore the creeks at the Parklands
Friday, Dec. 18th, 11am
Can my island not be surrounded by water?
Can my volcano spew nacho cheese?
Can I be a dictator but a nice one?
Does my island's religion have to be invented or can I use my family's religion?
These are among the multitude of questions being asked in social studies these days as we wind up our Fantasy Map project. Students were asked to illustrate 20 landforms. organize a government, and write a creative story. Each map is a reflection of your child's imagination and ability to follow a rubric.
In November the children will visit a refugee school, have lessons on Native Americans vs. early Europeans, and start memorizing states, capitals and postal abbreviations.
What is going on in Spanish class in October?
At the end of this month 5th grade will be able to:
· Describe weather conditions.
· Identify the seasons and compare weather in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
· Ask and answer questions like: How is the weather?
Cultural connections: Reversed seasons in the North and Southern Hemispheres.
Oral Assessment: Role play,conversation in class,talking on the phone like a native Spanish speaker
Scenario: A new Spanish-speaking student comes to your school from Chile and you meet him and you want to know: How is the weather in Chile? What is the season?
Project: Students will make a PowerPoint or poster presentation with pictures that represent the seasons and months of the year. How is the weather ? What cloths do you wear in each season?
In conjunction with the popular fantasy maps created in social studies, science students learned how to read and make a topographic map and then create a profile map. So if you are planning a mountain hiking trip you now has a house expert to guide you! This year’s fifth graders are such a delightful group to take on field trips. Last week we visited the Islamic Mosque where our student’s questions and manners were outstanding. We then headed to the Parklands where the students experienced a program on biodiversity. We had perfect weather for our students to explore the creek beds and discover all kind of small water and land creatures and plants, not to mention coal samples and a multitude of fossils. We were treated to a lab that included learning stations of fun educational experiences, from dissecting owl pellets, to identifying fish specimens, comparing and contrasting animal pellets, fossils, and mussel shells, experiencing what prey see and how blubber insulates animals, to creating model of animal tracks. Ms Amy Eichorn, our instructor from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, joined us and will helping to do a follow up activity on animal tracking that will be submitted as a pilot project to Project Wild. Next up is one of fifth graders’ favorite science projects. Students will team up to conduct research on a variety of natural disasters, create a Google slide show, and create a related model and in order make a presentation to their classmates.