'Smore News at FTE

October 1, 2015

Happy Birthday to the following boo-tiful individuals...

A Skeleton Dance for Your Birthday


Reading Workshop Partner Work

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Click on the link below to learn more about the new Units of Study in Teaching Reading by Lucy Calkins,grade specific for K-5.



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A little something from Laura Hitt...Socktober!

Hello Everyone!

It is that time of year again - Socktober! Throughout the month of October, 5th grade will be collecting new socks to donate to the homeless.

Last year, as a coordinated effort with Jane Lewis's toiletry drive, Forest Trail students stuffed our socks full of travel-sized shampoos, toothpastes, toothbrushes, soaps, etc. We donated 1,700 sock "care packages" to homeless shelters in Austin. Our goal this year is to collect 2,500 pairs of socks! The classroom that collects the most socks will win an extra PE class!

This year we will be competing against Valley View Elementary to see who can collect the most socks!! The competition should be fierce!

To get everyone excited, we are declaring Thursday, October 1st CRAZY Sock Day! Have your students show their spirit and wear their craziest socks!

When your students bring in socks, make sure they write your name (their teacher's name) on the package of socks and deliver them to room 47 in the 5th grade hallway.

Please let Laura Hitt know if you have any questions!

You can also watch one of Kid President's videos with your class to inspire your kids:

Here is the first one to watch:

3 Questions That Could Change The World from Kid President

Here is the second one to watch maybe a few days later. It co-stars Grover from Sesame Street:

A Pep Talk from Kid President and GROVER!


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Introducing "Epic! for Educators."

Available for FREE to all U.S. and Canada-based elementary school teachers and librarians. Our mission, like yours is to foster a life-long love of reading. Help us ignite young minds for a bright future by sharing Epic!

Benefits of an Educator Account

  • Completely free for all verified educators.
  • Unlimited access to thousands of high-quality titles.
  • Create up to 30 unique student profiles.
  • Track students reading progress.
  • Available on the iPad, iPhone and in any web browser.


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Students Creating Mentor Texts


Inquiry-Based Learning: Developing Student-Driven Questions

Wildwood IB World Magnet School uses the inquiry-based model to put students in charge of their learning, with lessons that stem from student questions and harness the power of curiosity.

Inquiry-Based Learning: Developing Student-Driven Questions


ATTention grades 3-5: Presenting the 2016 EngineerGirl Essay Contest

Imagine yourself as an engineer working on a promising new technology. You may want to consider some of the technologies currently being developed to address one of Engineering’s Grand Challenges.

Write an essay briefly describing the technology and what improvements you think it can provide in at least one of the four main areas of engineering responsibility:

  • Safety
  • Health
  • Well-being, and
  • Environmental sustainability

Discuss any challenges to safety, health, well-being, and sustainability that this technology might present, and describe what you, as an engineer, would do or consider to be sure that your responsibilities are fully addressed.

Click on the following link for more information:


a reminder from sherrie johnson, bonnie seelig & laura sites...


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Texas Book Festival - October 17th-18th


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10 Things you don't know about cheryl pratt...

10. There used to be a pasta maker at the Olive Garden - until my arm was trapped in it.

9. I have a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from U.T.

8. I was a member of the Westlake Hyline and the U.T. Dance Team.

7. I speak Spanish. Si, es la verdad.

6. I met my husband on a camping trip in Montana.

5. I have another job. In my spare time I coordinate the in-house tennis leagues at Lost Creek Country Club.

4. I was a flight attendant for 3 years.

3. I worked for an educational consulting firm for 9 months. I valiantly served as the Change Manager for AISD as the district transitioned from SASI to TEAMS (SIS Systems - like Skyward.) My billable rate was $75.00/hour. My stress level was through the roof. I forever left my mark with a communication plan (novel/dissertation/work of genius/most boring document ever) that lives in AISD cyberspace, on a drive, in a folder that no one will ever open.

2. I don’t like sour cream. I really really really don’t like sour cream.

1. If I could do it all over again I would like to make a go at becoming a writer for a comedy show.