Remember this science research they were working on? Well, last Friday was the deadline, and this is what I got in. Pretty impressive. If I may say so myself. If you click here, you get the chance to see each project in detail.
Some of the things your child does in class are simply amazing. A lot of the skills we teach them, in order to enable them to do such amazing things, don’t really show until much later in life. This may look like a simple science project, but is actually a shared language arts & technology project on the formation of a particular type of landform.
This project involves the following skills:
Science : Standards: 1) Know that smaller rocks come from the breakage and weathering of bedrock and layer rocks, 2) Describe how wind and water shape the earth’s surface (Processes of erosion and deposits) and 3) Know how features of the Earth‘s surface are constantly changed by a combination of slow and rapid processes (weathering, erosion, deposition, landslides, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tectonic plate movement)
Knowledge: 1) Distinguish between erosion and deposition, 2) Describe how water, ice, waves and wind change landforms, 3) Explain the theory of continental drift/plate tectonics, 4)Describe how features of earth’s surface have changed over millions of years, 5) Use effective communication strategies, and tools to present science information and 6) Make effective use of diagrams in order to express a process/idea.
Language Arts: Writing: 1) Write expository text (main ideas & supporting details) & Word origins (Etymology)
Library: 1) Research skills (books & encyclopedias). 2) Note taking (Trash & Treasure) and 3) Writing a bibliography (issues with plagiarism)
Technology& Computer: Alpha Smart (Typing and downloading text onto computer)
Microsoft Word: 1) Formatting (Copy & paste, Justifying/Center, Bold etc). 2) Inserting pictures from file, 3) Drawing (Text boxes), 4) Word Art and 5) Tools (Spell check)
Internet: 1) Locating pictures, 2) Copying pictures & picture links, 3) Location information, 4) Copying web site links, 5) Navigating the Network Drive and 6) Saving to and retrieving files from the shared folder .
Global Communication: Article posted to Grade 5 blog
And so this is the result. Pretty amazing, no?