Using this blog, the students in the fifth grade can share the most important learning moments, exciting adventures, and special snapshots of our day. Check back each day for a peek inside our classroom!
On our adventure through the forest, we came across many species of trees, like Oak, Maple, Birch and Ash. We used masking tape and a Sharpie marker to label the type of tree and its number. Each of us were equipped with a book that helped to identify each tree. These books included information about the tree, like the leaves, bark, or trunk. We knew a safe way to find the ages of trees without making tree cookies, (slices of a trees trunk in the shape of cookies) What we did was we found the circumference of a tree by measuring the trunk with a string. Then we divided the circumference by pi (3.14) to get the diameter of the trunk. Previously, we had been provided with a chart, displaying the growth rate of the tree species based on the diameter of the trunk. Once we had the diameter, we could easily calculate the age of the tree by multiplying the diameter by the growth rate of that type. We also noticed that we weren't the only ones interested in the trees! Our friend Trevor, the spring peeper, was hiding by an Ash tree. Soon we had to go in, but the fun wasn't over. The next Monday, everybody in the fifth grade got to experience the fun you can have with trees! Soon everybody had an age for the tree that they picked to measure. Who knew that trees could be educational and fun at the same time?! :) ;D