On Thursday and Friday last week the students had the opportunity to do some some flame testing with several different compounds including some that are found in fireworks. This tied in with our studies of the periodic table and understanding of how elements in the same family have similar reactions. They were able to recognise if there was a chemical reaction or not. It was really cool and the students had a blast.This is all thanks to Mrs. Mathu who donated her time and talent with us. Check out some of the photos from the experiments.
In gym class today we took a classic kids game and put a twist on it. We played Hungry, Hungry hippos on scooters. One students laid on their stomachs while their partner steered them towards the balls in the center, at first we used laundry baskets as the mouth of the hippo but we discovered they worked better to hold the balls they captured. We combined class with 3rd and 4th so only half the students played Hungry Hungry Hippos while the others played relay races on scooter. Even Mr. B partook in todays gym!
We have studied the cell the smallest living thing, we now have turned our attention to the smallest thing that makes up everything atoms. We started off by first taking a look at how everything is arranged in an orderly patterns. We looked at a model of a salt molecule and saw why salt is always in a cube pattern. The students then took that model and created their own which was then combined to make a class salt crystal model.
The students took part in a lab to determine if the mixing of two different substances created a chemical reaction. There were 5 stations and students had to decided if something new was created, if so then there was a chemical reactions. The students had a blast.
The rest of the unit the students took a look at the history of the atom model and we saw how it has changed from first being thought of as a solid mass to now we know we don't know everything about it but we know there is a nucleus in the center with the protons and neutrons and that the electrons are in a cloud around it. The students today created their own model of one atom of an element from the periodic table. They had to calculate how many neutrons they had and figure out how many shells to put around the nucleus. They used the internet or resource books to find out who discovered it and its everyday use. They will be having a test before spring break.
The past several week we have been working on the mystery genre. We started off by learning what make a mystery a mystery. We discussed that there are clues given throughout the story to help you solve the mystery but some of the clues will be misleading (red herrings). We read some simple who done it mysteries, identified suspects, used the clues and evidence to eliminate some of them until we were left with one. The students then used a more challenging text and with partners they filled out a suspect sheet and at the end of the story filled out a detective case report (story map). Each student was then assigned a mystery and with their literature groups they are reading and discussing the twists and turns they are encountering in their stories.
In social studies the fifth grade has been studying about early colonies to settle the new world. We looked at Roanoke colony known as the lost colony which was unsuccessful and we actually don't know what really happened to them. We looked at Jamestown and the struggles they went through, they chose a place with swampy land and salty water. Many of the early colonist that came were unwilling to do the work that needed to be done to keep the colony strong, they wanted to search for riches. We studied the Pilgrims who only brought about 100 colonist and landed in the new world in late fall, the wrong time of year to plant crops and they lost have their people that first winter. They did have good relationship with the Native Americans in the area and they helped them learn how to survive in a new land. The students are using the information they have learned to help them make the right choices to make their colony successful. The students today finished choosing how many people and what supplies to bring with them. They divided the people and supplies between three ships and we will set sail tomorrow. With some luck all the groups will make it there, but one does not know what fate will bring. Stay tooned to here what happens to our colonists.