Ms. Hester's kindergarten class was introduced to a great K-2 subscription resource called Pebble Go! for internet research last week for a presidents project. Her students found it to be engaging and kindergarten friendly. Since then, her class looked up penguins because they had been reading about them in their Reading Street big book. When Ms. Hester told her class they could look up other animals at free choice centers, this little friend asked if she could have her iPad and a piece of paper to draw and write about what she learned! Way cool!
A big welcome to the newest member of our Bridge Point Tech team, Shawn Heffington. Mr. Heffington is assigned to BPE as a Support Specialist (a.k.a Tech Ninja) from the Tech Services department of EISD. Mr. Heffington is a native of Conway, Arkansas and he is a big fan of video games, mountain biking, reading, writing and, lucky for us, tinkering with iPads. We look forward to him helping us fix our computers, SMARTboards, sound systems, iPads, and and all things tech at Bridge Point!
Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Bridge Point 4th Graders learn about writing feature articles! Their adventure began with a FaceTime discussion with Matt Watkins, a journalist from the Texas Tribune online newspaper. Mr. Watkins explained that a feature article can inform readers or tell a story that relates to others to make readers feel connected to the human perspective, current legislation, politics or news. In addition, a feature article might include interviews and persuasive writing either for or against a topic.
According to Mr. Watkins, "The act of revising is the most important part of writing. The first version can look a lot different than the end. Read your piece out loud to others and watch their reaction while reading it to someone. That will help you write a better article." Mr. Watkins suggested using an inverted pyramid structure for writing the article, starting with a large "grabber" at the top and filling in the details below. Take a look at a few examples of our 4th graders' feature articles that they created with the built-in newsletter templates in their Pages app. Way to go 4th graders!
Big Bad Squirrels written by John Higgins and John Jacobson performed by BPE 2nd Grade.
They're BIG, they're BAD, they're SQUIRRELS! But wait! The last performance had the biggest, baddest squirrel of all, L.L. Cool K and and she stole the show! Over 130 BPE students performed, Nuts! The Musical this morning under the direction of our talented music teachers, Ms. Hatch and Ms. Revering. Amazing work, 2nd graders!
Ms. Skonieczny's Thoughtful Thursday activity made my day! This drawing was hand delivered to me by a kindergartner. It depicts me teaching among students holding iPads who are actively learning with me. Ms. Skonieczny, your ideas melt hearts and teach students what it really means to be thoughtful! Social emotional learning at its best!
Keyboarding Without Tears is a fantastic way for students to increase their keyboarding fluency from grades K-5. Students enjoy the interface and activities in the program. It works on a desktop, laptop and an iPad as well! The m
Bridge Point hosted yet another fabulous Science Day where students got the opportunity to learn from a wide variety of community members who really dig science. Here's glimpse into the awesomeness of a half day of hands-on science learning in a video created by parent Dan Nguyen. The video features the beautiful song, Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful World by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole.
Have you ever wanted to know how to build a Solar System in a Pizza Box? Well, here's your chance! Click the bubbles labeled 1-10 on the top "Thinglinked" image and you will get a look at how Ms. Price and Ms. Crowley's 3rd graders used the app Snap Guide to practice procedural writing in science class. There was glue, glitter, and happy faces everywhere!
Happy 100th day of school! BPE Kindergartners celebrated the 100th day of school imagining what it would be like to be 100 years old. Kinders dressed up and for extra fun, teachers used the Aging Booth App to make 5 year olds look more like 100 year olds!
BPE students hope you'll help support Drew Karakourtis and his cause to care about rare diseases. Please consider attending the BAND TOGETHER FOR A CURE fundraising event on Friday, February 26th at 7:30 PM to raise money for research and a cure for Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation (NBIA). Help Bridge Point Care About Rare!