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First Grade ROCKS!

First graders explored rocks and soil this month. Students learned how to describe, compare, and sort rocks and soils using physical properties (e.g., size, shape,
color, texture). Students also Identified which earth materials are best suited
for different uses based on their physical properties (e.g., sand for the sandbox).
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Book Fair Coming Next Week!

BBE will have the fall book fair in the library next week. We will be open late on Thursday, October 23rd until 6:00 pm. Look for the flyer in Tuesday folders. If you would like to shop online you can visit our book fair webpage below.
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Kindergarten Study Rocks!

Kindergarten has been studying rocks and soil. The Montgomery County Master Gardeners came to present a lesson on soil and rocks. Kindergarten students participated by adding individual components of soil together to help better see what makes up our soil.
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What Good Readers Do

Fourth graders have added one more tool to their “what good readers do” bag. The tool most recently added was visualization. Visualization is the image or movie that our minds create as we read and engage with text. We listened to stories read, donned our visualization glasses to help us focus, and then created the illustrations to match what we heard. We are well on our way to becoming skillful readers.
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Family Reading Night was a success!

Thursday, September 25th we had our first Family Reading Night. We introduced the Scholastic program Raising Readers. Our first month was learning "I Read To You". We will continue Family Reading Night once a month. Next month we will continue the program with "You Read To Me." Come join us and learn strategies to help your students build their comprehension, fluency, and prediction skills while developing a love of reading.
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Third Grade Skates!

Third Grade had a wonderful time skating in P.E! We learned how to skate really well, and all of us graduated to rollerblades! We enjoyed playing Six Cones, doing the Limbo, and free skating. We are so happy that skating is part of our lessons. Thank you, Mrs. Schurmann and Mrs. Gambill for your hard work!
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First Grade Rules!

First Graders at Bear Branch have learned their school and classroom rules. Mrs. Hermes' class read David Goes To School and made a chart of good rules to follow. Each student then made their own "David" and wrote a class rule.
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Camouflage Fun in 2nd Grade

Mrs. Honsinger's class has been learning about frogs and toads. This week the children pretended to be birds that were looking for a worm (piece of yarn) to eat on the playground. The kids collected their worms and then brought them into the classroom. The class created a bar graph to see the results. What the students noticed was that only one brown worm was found but 11 red worms were found. The children discovered that the brown worms were camouflaged in the grass. The kids had proved that camouflage really works for frogs and toads!
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Library Birthday Books

If you would like to donate a book to the library in your child's name for his/her birthday please submit the form below. The cost for birthday book donations is $12.
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