We had a wonderful time at our recent field trip to the Tennessee Aquarium. We would like to THANK our terrific chaperones, our bus drivers, and all the folks at the aquarium for their part in making our day so successful.
This week, we are sad to say, we will miss our fourth graders due to Career Day, although we are sure that they will be enjoying and learning from the guest presenters. We will catch up with them next week.
Fifth graders will begin writing the scripts for their shark species research movies. We will work on the elements of a good research presentation and will utilize our best writing skills to organize and compose our information.
We will also review, review, review for the test which students will take next week. Our study guides should be very valuable. Hopefully, most students have already begun to prepare for this important assessment.
We will learn how scientists classify creatures and will determine where the shark falls in the classification scheme. We will utilize a dichotomous key to determine our shark orders based on the characteristics of our individual species. We will use our creativity to play "The Name Game," to see if we can identify specific species based on student-created illustrations of shark common names.
HOME EXTENSION: STUDY, STUDY, STUDY FOR NEXT WEEK'S TESTS (FOURTH GRADERS SHOULD ALSO STUDY FOR THEIR TEST ON MARCH 18!)