Team Hill News Update

DFES Title One, September 15, 2016

Animal Inquiries Abound!

We began the week with Dr. Thompson from USC and his graduate students working with us to chart our data from our time outside during "nature in a circle". Students wrote on sticky notes living and non-living things that they found during our time outdoors. Things got pretty interesting when we had a debate over whether a pinecone was living or non-living and whether a seed should be in the living or non-living category. Dr. T challenged us to research these and other questions this week to see if we can come up with evidence to support our stance. This led us to groups of students creating their own inquiries regarding animal behavior of the organisms in our room. Here is a sampling of a few:

- Can the frogs be trained at a certain time each morning?

-Do African Dwarf frogs burble more in the morning or afternoon?

-Will the male crab still display his territorial behavior if you put a mirror in front of him?

-How often do the millipedes coil during a 10 minute observation in the morning?

We will be sharing our data collection and observations with Dr. Thompson and his students Monday. We have learned that observations take time and patience.

Curriculum Night Grades 3-5

Thursday, Sep. 22nd, 6-7:30pm

7900 Broad River Road

Irmo, SC

Please be sure to mark your calendar to attend! We will all meet in the mini-theater at 6 pm and then dismiss to classrooms. Students and parents will be in the classrooms from 6:20-7:15 as your students and I will share information about a day in the life of a 4th grader!

Please Join Us!

DFES Community and Parents,

We hope you will join us for our 3rd annual Green Apple Day of Service here at DFES on Friday, September 23rd from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Green Apple Day of Service is a National, annual event that involves parents and community in environmental and sustainability efforts taking place at our schools. You can learn more at Please join us here at school for a service project to make our school grounds a healthier and safer place to be for our teachers and students. We will be constructing and repairing raised bed gardens, weeding, putting together rain barrels, and much more. If you know a business or organization that may be interested in volunteering their time as well, please let me know. If you have questions or want to reserve your volunteer spot today, contact Amy Umberger (Resident Scientist) at

A Look Ahead

Sept. 16- Study Guide coming home for Science Unit Test - Sept 23

Sept. 22- Early Dismissal

Curriculum Night

Sept. 22 Math Chapter 2 test (Adding and subtracting with regrouping)

Sept. 23 Interim Reports

Sept. 23 Unit Test on Organisms (plants and animals)

Sept. 26 Beginning unit on Native Americans

Oct. 13 Field trip to Harbison Forest

As Readers: We are looking at character traits as well as setting goals for ourselves as readers to increase our stamina. We are focusing on why we read and what we choose to read so that we can make wise choices for books that will grow us as readers.

As Writers: We are looking at using figurative language and word choice.

As Scientists: We are noticing and observing animals and the unique way they adapt to their environment.

As Mathmeticians: We are growing in our confidence as mathematical problem solvers and learning to persevere!

I am so encouraged to see the students actively taking responsibility for their learning and setting goals for themselves!