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The Last for the Summer–We are Headed Back to School!

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This is an exciting and an anxious time for all of us. We are all, teachers and students, about to meet an exciting new challenge–learning with a new group of people. I can’t wait. I hope you feel the same. Your teachers are nervous and excited. They want all of you to have great success this year.

Check out this week’s Branching Out. There is great advice from students and educators about finding success in this new school year.

Have a great school year. If you need any help ask someone in your school. Remember that you can always ask me: Diane Fanning–diane.fanning@springbranchisd.com. I am happy to help.

http://www.springbranchisd.com/branchingout/08072014.pdf
Join us back at this site throughout the year. We hope to share student writing on this site.

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Food!

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This issue of Branching Out focuses on food. Would you eat one of these?cricket

Maybe you would eat one of these.snail-628x363

Some people would be disgusted by these creatures (a cricket or a snail). Other folks think “Yumm!” This issue introduces the reader to different aspects of the food that is eaten around the world. It might make your stomach turn or make your mind think “interesting.” Dive in and consume some great reading about food.

http://www.springbranchisd.com/branchingout/08052014.pdf

Food!

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This issue of Branching Out focuses on food. Would you eat one of these?cricket
Maybe you would eat one of these: snail-628x363
Some people would be disgusted by these creatures (a cricket or a snail). Other folks think “Yumm!” This issue introduces the reader to different aspects of the food that is eaten around the world. It might make your stomach turn or make your mind think “interesting.” Dive in and consume some great reading about food.

http://www.springbranchisd.com/branchingout/08052014.pdf

Food!

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This issue of Branching Out focuses on food. Would you eat one of these?cricket
Maybe you would eat one of these: snail-628x363
Some people would be disgusted by these creatures (a cricket or a snail). Other folks think “Yumm!” This issue introduces the reader to different aspects of the food that is eaten around the world. It might make your stomach turn or make your mind think “interesting.” Dive in and consume some great reading about food.

Day at the Beach

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I am a bit late with this one. But it is just in time for a last visit to the beach. This newsletter is full of interesting things about and at the beach. I knew unusual things could wash up, but you will be surprised.

http://www.springbranchisd.com/branchingout/08042014_2.pdf

We also have a few thoughts for parents.
http://www.springbranchisd.com/branchingout/08042014.pdf

Enjoy. Look for another edition of Branching Out by the end of the week.

The Most Interesting Pets

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Welcome Summer Readers,

Since this issue is mostly about the pets that we own, I wanted to share my pets and their reading skills.buster close readBuster just loves getting into a new book.  dutch close readHis younger brother Dutch searches the text to learn more about the author’s craft.sadie readingBut their older sister Sadie is the best reader of all.  Yes, these images make me chuckle.  They can’t read, but they love sitting on my lap while I read.

I hope you enjoy this edition of Branching Out.  There are many articles on different pets.  I do want you to think about something: because an animal is cute, does that make it a pet?  Where would the animal be most happy?  We have domesticated cats and dogs to be our pets.  So my puppies wouldn’t survive well in the wild.  But should I capture something in the woods, a snake, a skunk, a squirrel, and make it a pet?  We all make these types of decisions for ourselves.  But I really want you to think about it.

http://www.springbranchisd.com/branchingout/07172014.pdf

Parents:

http://www.springbranchisd.com/branchingout/07212014.pdf

http://www.springbranchisd.com/branchingout/07212014_2.pdf

 

Enjoy the newsletter.

Help, I need somebody. Help, not just anybody.

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huddleCLR  It is always good when we choose to help our friends and neighbors.

Watch the following video to see how one man helped a neighbor.

I hope you enjoy this newsletter.  Maybe it will encourage you to help someone.

http://www.springbranchisd.com/branchingout/07_14_2014_1.pdf

Some additional suggestions for parents from Jim Trelease.

http://www.springbranchisd.com/branchingout/07_14_2014_2.pdf

http://www.springbranchisd.com/branchingout/07_14_2014_3.pdf

Enjoy.

Read More about Our Country

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Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

These are some great web sites to learn more about the United States of America:

http://www.usa.gov/visitors/about.shtml   This site is put together by the United States government.  It explains many of the documents and events in our history.

http://www.americaslibrary.gov/  This site is put together by the Library of Congress.  It is very good.

http://www.nps.gov/state/tx/index.htm?program=all  This site describes the national parks that we have in Texas.

Enjoy reading more about this country.