Fells Pt. is so rich with history that I feel its a great tour to do in the middle of the year. Not only do we learn about the maritime history of Baltimore including the privateers and the War of 1812 but also get a an idea of what life was like 150 to 200 years ago. Its a great stop in our research for the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. There is even some evidence of the Prohibition Era!
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!
Parents we had a fantastic trip to Cumberland, MD today. On the way we identified geographic landforms and bodies of water like Braddock Heights, South Mountain, Monocacy River, Sideling Hill and the Appalachian Mountains. The students also read a short book on what it was like to travel on the Underground Railroad on the bus ride out. We learned some amazing history about Ft. Cumberland, George Washington, and the Underground Railroad while we were at Emmanuel Parrish, as well. We hope to have more pics up by Monday.
Today we learned about simple invertebrates in Science class. We looked at pictures of our trip last week to Assateague Island to recall some invertebrates we touched with our own hands. In the picture to the left a student is holding a mole crab. In the picture in the blog posting below I am holding a jelly fish. We also saw blue crabs and ghost crabs. Learn more about simple invertebrates on pp.64-65! Please also review past vocabulary words with your children whenever you get a chance. Its hard to retain all those words without a little review. We will continue to review games in the classroom like "Center Piece", but the more you can do at home the better!
What a truly incredible day we had at Assateague Island! Students learned so many things about the plants, animals, and diverse ecosystems of this important barrier island off of Maryland's coast! Ask your children what type of fish they caught in the marsh. How many shrimp and jelly fish did they haul in with their nets? What types of crabs were they digging for on the ocean/beach side? How do all of these animals affect the ecosystem in which they live in? And by the way.....what is an ecosystem!? These are all very important questions as we learn more about the environments in and around Maryland and what we can do to preserve them! We also finally saw up close the Chesapeake Bay, Chincoteage Bay, Choptank River and Atlantic Ocean. Its one thing to read about these physical features in our textbooks, but its another thing to actually them in person. NEXT UP.....Oct. 5th trip to Cumberland. We learn about the French and Indian War, Colonial Times, and the Underground Railroad. We also get to see the Appalachian Mountains and some spectacular valleys!
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