Tuesday, March 14, 2017

5th Grade Social Studies/States and Captialthon

Woodstock Elementary School 5th graders have been busy traveling around the globe, learning about the causes of the American Revolution and learning the location of all 50 U.S. states and their capitals.

By now, most students have completed their second Roving Reporter report. The goals for this report has been to generate several relevant research questions pertaining to a place (anywhere in the world!), use good research skills to find the answers and then present the information to a 5th grade audience. Ms. Farwell's library/tech lessons have also been focused on effective web searches and the reliabilty of websites. Overall, students are demonstrating success in all areas and are learning about some very interesting places.

Fifth graders have also travelled back in time to the 18th century. We've briefly investigated the geography and economies of the orginal 13 colonies, looking for similarities and differences between the people and places. In addition,we've learned about the French and Indian War, known also as the Seven Year War (war between France and England, 1756-1763) with the help of reenactors Wes and Dell Henning. Students are currently using the historical fiction book, My Brother Sam is Dead to explore the some of the events, people, places and sentiments that brought the Patriots to war with and then independence from England. This unit of study will then look at the formation of our government and the role of each of the three branches that uphold our Constituion.

States and Capitalthon:

Last week, students took the first of three quizzes to help prepare them for the States and Captialthon final test on March 29th. The first quiz was on the western states. Another quiz, on the midwestern states, will be given on this Thursday, March 16th. The final quiz on the southern states will be given on Thursday, March 23. We very much appreciate parental support both academically and monitarily for this project.

In class, we have been playing a state and capital bingo game and game called "I have ____. Who has the captial of ________" in which the blanks are filled in according the the capital/state on the card. Students in turn respond when the capital on their card is called.

There are many other ways that you can help your child learn the states and captials. Puzzles are a great visual aid for learning the location of each state and often include the captial on the puzzle piece as well. Songs about the 50 states can also be helpful. Additionally, there are numerous websites and apps that also can be used. In class, we sometimes practice on the website Seterra.com. I've shown each class briefly how to navigate this website (and its easy!). Please share other tools that you have found helpful as well.