Thursday, September 18, 2014

Heat Review

We will not end our Heat Unit until next week, but I made this since some of the vocabulary is so challenging.  I will show it to the class tomorrow!


HEAT Review

Monday, September 15, 2014

What's going on....

It is a busy week at RBES. We go to the book fair tomorrow morning at 8:30 am.  If your child has someone special coming to eat lunch, our lunch starts at 11:35 am.  The Chick-fil-a/ STEAM night is tomorrow night as well! 

Math: MD.4 How do I analyze data on a line plot, pictograph, and/or bar graph?  We will be looking at different types of data and organizing data using different graphs. 


Reading:RF 1, 2,3 and RI 1, 2, 3:  What do good readers think about while reading informational text?  When children are working in small groups with me, we will continue to work on what informational text looks like and strategies that will help us better understand informational text.  We will continue Who was Paul Revere? and discuss how he impacted our democracy.  We will really begin to focus on "referencing the text" and finding evidence from the book to support our answers.

Word Work  
Vocabulary Words of the Week : summarize and anticipate
Spelling Pattern of the Week:  Long i patterns
WOW Word - ponder

Writing: How do I write an opinion paper that includes details to support my opinion?

Science: What are conductors and insulators? What is the relationship between conductors and insulators?

Homework: 

  •  Drop in the Bucket- Both sides DUE Friday.
  • Read for 20 min a night or 80 min this week!
  • Spelling : Study spelling words throughout the week. We will work on  practicing these words in class during Daily 5 as well. I have given each child a suggested list of ways to help them study. For now, I will not ask students to turn in what has been done to study, but I will be able to notice results on spelling assessment if words were reviewed.  I am starting new spelling procedures, so this may change as we go!  THESE SPELLING WORDS ARE NOT FOR THOSE IN MRS. TRAMMELL'S GROUP. SHE IS COVERING SPELLING DURING CLASS TIME
  • Line plot worksheet--DUE TUESDAY!
TOMORROW I will tell the students about a class project coming up. Each student will make an insulator for homework. The insulator will be due BY Monday, September 29!  Here is the information about the project!

Science Project – Insulator Project

Next week your child will begin learning about insulation.  To go along with this project, he/she will build an insulator to prevent a piece of ice from melting for as long as possible.

The following rules apply:
1. No liquid may be used.
2. It must have a removable lid/top.
3. It must be able to hold the piece of ice.
4. It must not be a manufactured insulator (a product sold for the purpose of keeping items cold, for example, simply bringing in an insulated coffee mug is not a ).
5. It can contain no frozen components.
6. It is the responsibility of the student to supply all materials for the insulator.
7. The insulator is to be built by the student.  Help is fine but there was a student last year who did not know how to open their insulator because “Uncle built it”. 

We will hold a contest to see whose ice melts last on Monday, September 29. The insulator will STOP heat from trying to move towards the area where the ice is placed.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Book Fair and CFA STEAM Night

The whole school is excited about our upcoming Book Fair next Monday - Friday (until 10:00am)  An amazing selection of books is headed our way!

At the Book Fair you will find the latest and finest titles for kids, as well as books of interest to parents.
Mark your calendar for our Family Event where the whole family can join in the fun. And, you can contribute books to your child's classroom library.   CLICK "READ MORE" to see the weekly schedule!
If you are out of town or can't make it to our Book Fair,
you can also help support our school by shopping online.
  • Send wish lists to family and friends
  • All orders ship free to the school
  • Browse an expanded book selection - including Storia eBooks



  • Mon, Sept 15
    8:00 - 2:30
    10:50 AM-12:55 PM
    Lunchtime Family Event:
    Grandparent Lunch: Adult $3.50 Child $2.15
  • Tues, Sept 16
    8:00 - 2:30
    5:30 PM-7:30 PM
    Evening Family Event:
    Family Fun Night CFA (must pre-order food) and STEAM NIGHT!
    10:50 AM-12:55 PM
    Lunchtime Family Event:
    Grandparent Lunch: Adult $3.50 Child $2.15
  • Wed, Sept 17
    8:00 - 2:30
    10:50 AM-12:55 PM
    Lunchtime Family Event:
    Grandparent Lunch: Adult $3.50 Child $2.15
  • Thurs, Sept 18
    8:00 - 2:30
    10:50 AM-12:55 PM
    Lunchtime Family Event:
    Grandparent Lunch: Adult $3.50 Child $2.15
  • Fri, Sept 19
    8-10 am

Greek Arts and Craft Festival

Friday, Sept. 26, I would like to celebrate our study of Ancient Greece. The
children voted to have a Greek Arts and Craft Day.  If you would be
willing to provide some type of "Greek" snack or help with a craft,
please let me know!

The children will select from the following activities what they would like to complete.

* Tasting station - Greek foods like grapes or other ideas
* Greek Pottery - Mrs. Pinneau is going to give us some clay!
*Statutes-- Need some white modeling clay for this PLEASE!
*Olympic Torch 

*Greek Shield 
* Mythical Character creation - Zeus or Medusa - NEED SOME PAPER TOWEL
ROLLS OR TOILET PAPER ROLLS!

If you were able to attend the volunteer training from Mrs. Wages and
are free to come help with a station, I would be grateful!

Oconee Food for Kids


Putting the Rockets’ Way

into action

through

Contribution!


Oconee Food for Kids

To help bridge the food gap for some children during the weekend, sacks of kid-friendly

food are distributed every week to children in Oconee County.

 

The month of September Rocky Branch will be collecting:

 

Boxes of snack-sized microwave

 popcorn (10 per box)

 

Just send your popcorn donations to school with your child, or drop them off in the front office.  This is an excellent opportunity to have your child learn about Contribution – which is part of the Rockets’ Way!  Here are some ideas for how your child can be involved in this activity, rather than you just purchasing the item and sending it to school:

  • Allow your child to check prices for the popcorn.  Then, figure out a way that your child can earn that amount of money so he/she is purchasing the item for donation.
  • You could do a matching gift with your child.  For every box of popcorn that your child purchases with his/her money, you will purchase that many boxes with your money.
  • Split the cost of a box with your child.
  • Help your child decide a snack he/she will give up this week.  Then, use that money toward purchasing the popcorn.
  • Have your child look for coupons and sales for popcorn to get the most popcorn for your money!  You might need to do this with your child, depending on the age.

One of our goals is to help students learn to contribute to others for a greater good.  This is just one of the many opportunities your child will have this year to be a small part of something much larger!  - Beth Porter, Counselor

Monday, September 8, 2014

BYOT



I would like to begin implementing the county's BYOT practice in our classroom.

We will use devices for research, Daily 5 activities, or other instructional activities in class. They will only be allowed to access devices when instructed to do so. Devices will not be allowed to be used in the gym in the mornings, at recess, or at lunch.

Some of you may be asking, what is BYOT? BYOT is Bring Your Own Technology. This means that students can bring their own laptops, iPods, tablets, smartphones, Kindle Fire…anything that has Internet access capabilities and can be used effectively through the OCS provided wireless to enhance the instruction taking place. If the device does not have internet capabilities, discourage the student from bringing the device unless there is a particular reason.





 “Technology and technology empowered students are here to stay. The focus in allowing the use of personal devices by students is an effort to help them work independently both in and out of school. Research indicates that students who have access to technology on a regular basis show a significant improvement in their learning skills over students who do not have regular access. With this in mind, every effort will be made to provide access to quality resources that will hopefully reshape how students learn.”


Personal Electronic Devices / BYOT examples: laptop computers, netbook computers, tablets (iPad, Kindle), eReaders (Nook, Kindle, iPad), I pod - touch, smart phones if permitted.

Oconee County login account will be used to login to the OCS WIFI. 

 If your child has permission to bring his/her device to school, please sign the form below.  Please know I respect your opinion if you decide you do not want your child bringing his/her device to school. II have discussed this with the children as well that it is your decision as their aren't. I will have laptops and a couple of personal devices that can be used in class
If your child is planning to bring in a device, they must have a permission slip signed by you and returned to the school. Please be sure to read it carefully! I have a digital copy below but will send a hard copy home as well!



Personal Device Usage

Guidelines Permission Signature



I, _______________________________________ (print name), the parent/guardian of _________________________________________ (print name), a student at ___________________________School do hereby grant permission for my child/student to bring their personal electronic device (device type:___________________________) to school to be used for educational purposes only. The teacher, school and/or district are not financially responsible for any downloaded applications purchased by students, data plan overages, or charges associated with texting/multimedia packages through your service provider. Teachers are not permitted to require students to download applications that are not free to the user.


I fully agree and understand that the choice to do so is both mine as a parent/guardian, and that of my student. Therefore, I agree that the teacher, school and/or district will not be held responsible for any loss, theft, or damage that may occur to the personal device. I also agree to hold my child accountable to the proper use of any personal electronic device and to be supportive of the school should my child violate the personal electronic device or technology acceptable use policies.


Student Name: ______________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature:_____________________________Date:_________

*If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Mrs. Harris.
Students at Rocky Branch Elementary are allowed to bring their own technology to school

(BYOT). Technology may include SMART phones, iPads, tablets, Kindle products, etc. The

primary function for the technology will be to complete research and create products. Students

are NOT required to have technology but may bring it if they elect to do so.

The following are the guidelines for BYOT at RBES. If there are questions, please let us know.

Bring Your Own Technology Guidelines for RBES

1. The use of technology is not a necessity but a privilege! Inappropriate usage may result in the

loss of this privilege.

2. RBES teachers will determine when students are allowed to use technology in the classroom,

and students are expected to follow the teachers’ direction.

3. Students must ALWAYS use the district Wi-Fi when accessing the internet.

4. A student may not use his or her device for academic dishonesty or non-instructional

purposes. This includes any personal communication such as sending and/or receiving text

messages and phone calls that are not directly related to classroom instruction. If a parent

needs to get in touch with a student during the day, please call the front office.

5. The school is not responsible for a student’s personal device if stolen, lost, or damaged.

Students should not physically share their devices with other students without parent

permission.

6. Students should never touch another person’s device without that person’s prior consent.

7. Students are not permitted to transfer or post photos, audio, and/or videos of any person

that are taken during school hours onto public and/or social networking sites.

8. Students must use silent mode when on school grounds.

9. Each classroom has a specific location for devices to be stored and/or charged. Unless in use,

all devices should be stored in designated locations.

10. Usage of BYOT is up to each individual teacher.

Rocky Branch Elementary School students will follow the OCS Technology Agreement as stated

in the student handbook and on the RBES website.

Failure to comply with these guidelines could result in disciplinary consequences ranging from a

warning to a loss of privileges.


*Adapted from Malcom Bridge Middle School’s BYOT Guidelines

What's going on....


What's going on...


Math: NBT 2: What strategies can I use to fluently add and subtract within 100? We have worked a great deal on addition and subtraction problem solving this week.  We will continue practice these and our solving methods for addition and subtraction this week.  I hope to assess on rounding, addition, and subtraction on Friday.  The story problems sent home for this weeks homework are very similar to what will be on the assessment.  Children must make sure the equation they write matches the story problem.  These will have a variable to show what information is trying to be solved.  They may SOLVE the problem using any equation.  I am very impressed with how well the students are doing with this. We will continue to practice it more this week 


Reading:RF 1, 2,3 and RI 1, 2, 3:  What do good readers think about while reading informational text?  When children are working in small groups with me, we will continue to work on what informational text looks like and strategies that will help us better understand informational text.  We will begin reading Who was Paul Revere? as we start on Social Studies standards on how he impacted our democracy.

Word Work  
Vocabulary Words of the Week : analyze and support
Spelling Pattern of the Week:  Long e patterns
WOW Word - strive

Science: What is heat and what are the different ways thermal energy is produced? How do we measure heat?

Homework: 

  •  Drop in the Bucket- Both sides DUE Friday.
  • Read for 20 min a night or 80 min this week!
  • Spelling : Study spelling words throughout the week. We will work on  practicing these words in class during Daily 5 as well. I have given each child a suggested list of ways to help them study. For now, I will not ask students to turn in what has been done to study, but I will be able to notice results on spelling assessment if words were reviewed.  I am starting new spelling procedures, so this may change as we go!  THESE SPELLING WORDS ARE NOT FOR THOSE IN MRS. TRAMMELL'S GROUP. SHE IS COVERING SPELLING DURING CLASS TIME
  • Math story problems are due Thursday!