E Team Newsletter

Week of September 16th

Top Five Facts

Top five facts has been one of our most favorite get to know you activities to complete at the beginning of the year. This year our students took the creativity and individuality up a notch. Every time we walk by it feels like we are in a Pop Art Museum. Each piece was completely created by the student. Students wrote their sentences, revised to add details, edited their work, and created their final copy. We hope you enjoy looking at their Top Five Facts as much answer do.

Book Tasting

When I told the students we were going to the Media Center to see Ms. Winstead for a book tasting, the students looked at me like I had two heads. I went on to tell them that we were going to lick book covers, eat pages and cook up some good books. LOL! The look on their faces was priceless. Seriously though, we enjoyed an hour of classical music and the many genres available at the Media Center. Students rotated through the genre stations and sampled many different books. They wrote down at least two books that they might want to "taste" in the future. Our students couldn't wait to check out one of the books they sampled.

Exploring Math Patterns

Students continue to explore patterns in multiplications and divisions in math. We are also studying square numbers and Properties of Multiplication. Students are expected to understand and apply the Commutative, Associative and Distributive Properties of Multiplication. The Zero Property and the Property of One will also be discussed. Accelerated Math (AM) objectives (3 weekly) are due by Thursday afternoon each week. Students have been practicing the routines of AM and are gaining familiarity and confidence with 4th grade expectations. Thank you so much to those of you who have donated printer paper for AM!!

September 12th We Knew Everything Would Be All Right

In honor of 9/11, our students read the book September 12th, We Knew Everything Would Be All Right. We then discussed how we could make things all right by participating in random acts of kindness that do not cost any money. Our students came up with 25 RAK's! We then asked them to choose one for BBESand they decided to make "sunshine" or "thinking of you" cards for their choice of BBES Staff. We then went on a walk through the school to deliver them in person. Among our many recipients were the 3rd grade teachers, Mrs. Warren, Mr. Hefner, Mr. Rooks, Miss Hodge and many many others. We hope that our students understood that even though 9/11 was an unspeakable tragedy we can overcome it through love, caring, compassion, and focusing on what is important in life.

Electricity Comes Alive!

Our Electricity unit in science will continue with the study of Current Electricity. The students LOVE this unit, as they get to assemble circuits using batteries, bulbs, wires and switches! The hands-on opportunities are fabulous!