In science news, the fifth grade class is finishing up our Earth Systems unit with an in depth study of our local hydrosphere here in Bend. This week the class conducted a hands-on experiment testing samples of water from our school’s drinking fountain and from the Deschutes River. Our results were very positive and matched the majority of our predictions, we have a very healthy hydrosphere!! We also had a visitor, Kolleen Miller, from the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council stop by to discuss our local watershed and the importance of protecting it.
In the Design Lab, the fifth grade had another special visitor, Cassandra, who stop by to be interviewed for our new design challenge: How can we support a local Special Olympian or Paralympian? When completing a design cycle is it important to understand and be empathetic towards your user and their needs. The fifth grade class created, then asked our visitor many deep level questions, in order to better understand what it is like to have challenges in life and the satisfaction you feel when you overcome them. In addition, we brainstormed ways we could help this athlete reach her Olympic goals. Our ideas are coming together and it looks like a Carnival Fundraiser may be coming to SPS soon!!
Fifth grade has been learning basic skills, rules and the positions of basketball. To maximize class involvement they will play modified versions of the game. We will continue to focus on fitness, sportsmanship and the importance of following the rules.