Fifth Grade's Studies
The fifth grade are learning about the Native American Indians and how they survived in their environment. They learned about the Native Americans of the Plains, West, Woodlands and the Southwest. They learned that the Spainish left their horses behind and that the indians learned to become excellent riders. This changed the way they hunted for their food. They were surprised to discover that the authors of our constitution used some ideas from the Iroquois Confederacy.
We like to integrate art into our subjects, so they made their own War Shields and decorated them to put outside their room. Next they will be designing their own tepees for the end of the unit.
In Reading we were going over poetry. They created their own cinquains and put them on leaves in our room. They did a great job. We just recently finished reading about Winter's Tail, about the dolphin that lost its tail in a crab trap. We went online to see how Winter was doing and learned some new things about her.
In Science we are finishing up on ecosystems and how everything in our environment is connected some way or another. We are learning about food chains and how important it is not to lose the animals that are connected to our food chains and webs. The children also did a report on one animal and how important that animal is to our world. They made nature vests and put the report inside the vest that they decorated.
We just went on our first field trip to the North Chagrin Metro Park where we learned all about owls and what kinds of owls live in our neighborhoods. We took a nature walk and the naturalist pointed out interesting things we take for granted every day. The most exciting thing we did on our nature walk was feed the chickadees. The naturalist handed us sunflower seeds and told us to hold out the palm of our hands and stand still. The next thing that happened was so cool. The chickadees started eating out of the palm of our hands. That was the best part of the field trip for all of us.
I am the fifth grade teacher at St. Jerome School.