Saturday, December 7, 2019

5B Classroom News: Week of Dec. 2nd

A note from Mrs. Burke:
I hope everyone had a relaxing break last week with family and friends. This week we jumped into a new social studies unit called Regions of the United States. Students have been learning about the Northeast region. We thought the Northeast was a good region to start with since we live in this region. Below you will find their initial reflections about this unit.

Here are some pictures from the Properties of Matter unit that we finished just before the break.











I have also included pictures from a discussion we had with Mrs. Whitney, our librarian, about Esperanza Rising. Mrs. Whitney used to live and teach in California and she had connections to the book because while living in California she taught students whose parents were migrant workers. She also read a book to the class about Cesar Chavez who was an activist for human rights. This was another connection to the human rights students have been learning about while reading Esperanza Rising. We greatly appreciate the time Mrs. Whitney spent with us, sharing her experiences as a teacher in California.







The PTO is hosting an online book fair that is open until December 13th. If you place an order it will be shipped directly to your house. Please click on this link to learn more and support our PTO.

Keep reading to see what our classroom reporters posted this week.

Social Studies:  Regions of the United States


What are at least two facts you have learned about the Northeast region of the United States?

Two facts I have learned about the Northeast region of the United States is what the Appalachian Trail is and that 15,000 people have hiked it.
-Andre

Two things I have learned about the Northeast region of the United States are that it is the birthplace of the United States. Also that it is the smallest region of the United States.
-Charleigh

One fact that I have learned about the Northeast is that the 2 states that have the lowest and highest elevation are New Jersey and Rhode Island. Another fact that I learned about the Northeast is that the Northern states were the first states to abolish slavery.
-Cody

One fact I learned about the Northeast region of the United States is that more than 15,000 people have hiked the Appalachian Trail, which is a trail that spreads from Maine, all the way down to Georgia!  I also learned that forest covers 90% of Maine, which is the highest percent in any state.
-Colin

Two facts I have learned about the Northeast region of the United States is the first one is that the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. Another fact is that 12 million immigrants came from Europe.
-Emmariah 

One fact I have learned about the Northeast region is that the Declaration of Independence was signed in Boston. Another fact I learned was 15,000 people have hiked the entire Appalachian trail.
-Alisha

Two facts that I learned were American Indians lived in the Northeast region for thousands of years before the Europeans arrived and the Northeast was the birthplace of the United States.
-Kayd

That more than 15,000 people hiked the Appalachian Trail and there were a lot of slaves back then.
-Liam

I have learned about the Northeast region of the United States is forests cover almost 90% of the state of Maine, and two of the largest lakes of the Northeast are Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario.
-Max

One of the facts about the Northeast regions of the United States is that cranberries are grown in a big pit of water. Another is that the Appalachian Trail starts in Maine and ends in Georgia.
-Peyton

I learned there was lot of slavery in the Northeast, and what the Appalachian Trail was.
-Riley

The facts that about the Northeast region of the United States are that by 1804 all Northern states had outlawed slavery and I also learned that over 15,000 people have hiked the entire Appalachian Trail.
-Triv-Ann


What are some of the features of the book People and Places of the Northeast that help you understand facts about the Northeast region of the United States?


Some of the features of the book People and Places of the Northeast that help me understand facts about the Northeast region of the United States are chapters, pictures, sidebars, titles, words in orange, fact boxes, captions and headings.
-Aaron

Some of the features are pictures, captions, facts ,definitions ,sidebars ,chapters, orange words.
-Riley