A big thank you to David Richards for another fantastic tour of Gettysburg! I learn something new each and every time we go there. Mrs. Gutting took some detailed notes to have an even more comprehensive tour next year! The students learned about Pickett's Charge, Devil's Den and of course Little Round Top and how those events and places within the battle turned the course of history for the United States. But we didn't just learn about history. We were able to study landforms, rock formations and we were even able to see the dinosaur Raptor footprints in two rocks! Enjoy the beautiful pictures taken by our very own Ms. Costas. They are amazing!
Whether it be first hand on trips aboard the "Snow Goose" or from a laptop at our desk, students have been conducting research on the health of the Chesapeake Bay all year. We have been graphing the turbidity, salinity, and dissolved oxygen levels specifically. We started with just the Patapsco but have now expanded our research to Annapolis and Jamestown. This link will provide with you with more information on just how we do it! A big thanks to NOAA for allowing us access to their buoys!
The last two months our students have been charting and graphing the dissolved oxygen, salinity, and turbidity levels of the Patapsco River. Some of it we have done in person aboard the Snow Goose and some of the research has been conducted in the classroom using the NOAA website. At the end of each week the students found the range, median, mode and solved other problems with their data they have collected. This week we added the James River to our graphs. We will be comparing and contrasting the two rivers and discuss the differences. Talk with your children tonight about the graphs and specifically why the James River has a much higer turbidity rate than the Patapsco's!
Today we were invited to do some Science and Math activities with professors at THE US NAVAL ACADEMY in Annapolis, MD. Students were broken into groups after lunch and were each able to take part in 4, out of 9 total, activities. My group did severe storms (pictured left), code breaking, aquaculture, and robotics. In the storm activity the students worked in groups and built a house out of wood and tape and then put it in the wind tunnel to simulate a tornado over the house. One group managed to hold of the tornado winds up to 150 mph! In the robotics course students embedded codes into their robots for various movements. Once they had the codes down they had their robots go through mazes. I had the professors tell me that they have had high school groups come thought that were unable to do what our own fifth graders did today. Ask your children tonight about what they did today! More pics coming!
We had an absolutely amazing trip yesterday to Philadelphia. Students completed research on Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, George Washington's home and the National Constitution Center as part of our American Revolution theme. They were also given many compliments for their behavior but also for their knowledge of the American Revolution and the founding of our country! I will let you know when we upload more pics!
Until further notice we will be having recess at the end of the day on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays with the 5th grade teachers instead of following lunch. We feel this way we can offer more organized games for our students to play. Right now we have two football teams competing each afternoon. Wale World is leading the best of 7 series. Whoever wins the series will have a pizza party with Mr. K! Students MUST complete all homework and have a good behavior report in order to participate. Their teammates will be depending on them! Its also a great way to get some exercise and we will be graphing the scores of each game! Check back in to see who wins the series!
Amazingly the Bay received an even better grade today than yesterday! The results of our research are below. Two days in a row we saw a bald eagle!
Believe it or not the Bay got a grade of a "C" from us yesterday. Normally it receives a D or a D-. Students carried out research on dissolved oxygen, temperature, turbidity, pH, and salinity. Ask them about the results listed below!
Each day our students will be charting and graphing the turbidity rate of the Patapsco River. We use information collected from a NOAA buoy at the mouth of the river to graph our information. Ask your children what might affect the turbidity rate of the river and what we can do to prevent it from getting worse. We will be testing the turbidity rate, salinity, and oxygen levels in person aboard the "Snow Goose" next week and again in the Spring!
This page is dedicated to the work and research my students do each day.