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Mrs. Beverly Brown

Email: 
bbrown@amherst.k12.va.us
Phone: 
434-528-6499 ext26804
Classes Taught: 
TAG

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  I am excited to return for my third year as an enrichment specialist.  My current schedule is:

Monday - Madison Heights Elementary 

Tuesday - Central Elementary

Wednesday - Temperance Elementary (morning); Elon Elementary (afternoon)

Thursday - Amelon Elementary

Friday - Amherst Elementary

I will update this page on Friday with a summary of the week's activities and important updates.  There is also a gifted calendar on the Amherst County Public Schools website.  

Please contact me at your child's school or bbrown@amherst.k12.va.us if you have questions or concerns. 

It's going to be a great year!

Beverly Brown

 

Week of January 3 - 5, 2018

Happy New Year!  I hope your winter break was a good one!

Even with the "brisk" weather and a shortened school day, the children were enthusiastic and engaged with the Ping Pong Animal Challenge.  They constructed devices that would launch a ping pong ball into the air and earned points for height, creativity, and teamwork.  We had some interesting designs and I see the possibility of future inventors!

I hope you have a great weekend and stay warm!

Beverly

Week of December 4 - 8, 2017

​The children practiceed their mental math skills this week to begin our classes.  I gave them a 3 to 4 step math problem and asked them to solve it without the use of paper and pencil.  They were focused and solved many of the problems.  This activity is a fun opportunity for your families.

​We continued with our visual/spatial challeges by introducing a 3D pattern activity.  The level of difficulty increased when only the front side of the structure was shown.  Once again your children accepted the challenges with enthusiasm.

​As I am typing this the sky looks menacing with the possibiity of snow.  I hope you have a great weekend!

​Beverly

 

December 1, 2017

I received a new computer and was having difficulty logging in to this page, but all is well now.  I hope you and your family had a nice Thanksgiving.  The TAG/Enrichment classes continue to be busy!

The Math 24 Competition was a success!  All of the elementary schools were represented well.  We will continue to use this program for warm-ups during TAG/Enrichment classes, and I will begin working with the older children on the integer version which is used in middle school.

Several classes participated in a coding activity which required them to solve a series of clues to discover a security code which opened a lock box.  I am pleased to announce that everyone found the key to success!  Their problem solving and cooperative learning skills were evident. 

Younger students worked on a pattern play activity where they had to recreate intricate designs.  They were excited when they completed the task.

I am grateful to the children for making my job a pleasure.  I look forward to seeing them every day.

Have a great weekend!

Beverly

 

 

Weeks of October 23 - November 3, 2017

I am pleased that several fifth graders chose to enter the JAC contest to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I.  A parent shared an event with me that will occur on Saturday, November 11 from 10-12  at the Lynchburg Museum.  It is called the World War I Cooking Challenge.  This is a wonderful opportunity , and I hope some of you can attend.

Students are participating in a STEAM activity to create a device to clean the trash from the ocean.  They are working in cooperative learning groups and adapting their ideas as the activity unfolds.  Points are awarded for picking up the various sizes of items from our "ocean."

I hope you have a great weekend!

Beverly

 

 

Week of October 16 - 20, 2017

Ongoing projects have kept us busy this week. The third grade students are beginning a Planet Design Challenge.  They create planets that support human life.  It's interesting how they provide oxygen, food, water, and other basic needs.  They are adding creative elements to their designs.  Fourth and fifth graders are continuing their archaeology and World War I projects.  The younger children are learning about catapult principles.  They will design their own catapults next week as we hurl foam pumpkins.

Next week I will begin a series of dolphin stranding simulations with fifth grade students so the schedule may be altered.  

Have a great weekend!

Beverly

 

October 9 - 13, 2017

The date for the Math 24 Elementary Tournament is Tuesday, November 14 at 5:00 PM.  Each school sends a team to compete.  Each school has a procedure to choose teams.  Please encourage your child to participate.

The Saturday Ernichment Program sponsored by the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia has opened the application process.  Information can be obtained on the website at  www.curry.virginia.edu/sep.  Applications are due on December 1, 2017.  

The younger children worked on logic puzzles this week.  They were excited when they "got it."  The older children continued the archaeology project and their entries in the JAC contest.  A multiplication game was introduced to third, fourth, and fifth grade students.  Many asked for a copy so they could play at home.

I appreciate your continued support.  Have a great weekend!

Beverly

 

October 2 - 6, 2017

These are exciting times in the TAG/Enrichment classes.  The younger children explored principles of electricity and following directions by making light shows and super flying saucers with the Snap Circuit kits.  Fourth and fifth grade students learned how to play the Ultimate Tic Tac Toe game.  Fifth graders are planning for their participation in the JAC contest commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I.  Stay tuned for further details about how your fifth grade child can participate.

IGP letters for the TAG students were sent home.  Please sign and return as soon as possible.

I hope you have a great weekend!

Beverly

 

 

Week of September 25 - 29, 2017

The students were introduced to the forced analogies strategy this week.  They pulled items from the Mystery Hat and made connections.  For example, one student made the connection between a plastic cup and a golf tee by saying you can put tea in a cup.  I then related the strategy to a unit of study and their answers demonstrated the depth of their learning and critical thinking skills.  

Many of the children will participate in a contest sponsored by the DAR.  To remember the 100th anniversary of World War I, the children will complete a project about the contributions of the homefront during this war.  We are researching the information now.  More details will follow.

Enjoy the cooler weather this weekend!

Beverly

Week of September 18 - 22, 2017

This week students participated in a variety of math games to enrich logical reasoning and computational skills.  Racko and Muggins were student favorites. Plans are being finalized for the county Math 24 tournament in November.  Each school chooses a team differently so please watch for information coming home.  

I attended my last Back to School Night this week.  At each school I have been grateful for the support  from parents and other family members.  Learning involves school staff, parents, families,and students to create a community of learning.  I am honored to be a part of this community in Amherst County.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Beverly

Week of September 11 - 15, 2017

To introduce the scientific method, the children participated in a "Saving Fred" activity.  Students were asked to work with a partner to rescue a gummy worm from the top of a boat (plastic cup)  and place a life jacket (peach ring) on the creature. The only tool they could use was a paper clip.  It was interesting to watch the children discuss different solutions to the problem and adjust if necessary.  By using the steps of the scientific method, many of the groups were able to save Fred.

I attended a meeting today about the Junior American Citizen program.  I will work with students during TAG/Enrichment groups to create an entry for this contest.  The theme for this year is "100th Anniversary of World War I - Service on the Homefront." Please check this webpage for important updates.

Have a great weekend!

Beverly

Week of September 4 - 8, 2017

The children continue to amaze me with their creativity and kindness.  Many of the children completed a project and created products that will help the world.  Their ideas included water filtration systems to help bring clean water to different parts of the world, amusement parks that would have free admission, and houses that would deflect hurricanes and tornadoes. These creations were made from water bottles, cd, old tape dispensers, and other items.  

Next week I will begin the Hands-On Equations program with the older children. This hands-on activity introduces students to pre-algebra concepts and sharpens computational skills.

It is an honor and a pleasure teaching your children.

Beverly

Week of August 28 - September 1, 2017

The TAG and Enrichment classes focused on vocabulary development and creative thinking this week.  Children were asked to identify the meanings of unusual words and discuss ways to use them to improve their writing.  It was fun to hear about thier pet peeves!  A drama activity involved their creative skills as they thought of ways to make things beautiful as we prepare for a "Trash to Treasure" project next week.  Ask your child to share these activities with you.

I am working on the Individualized Gifted Plans (IGP) for the TAG students.  They should be sent home within the next two weeks for your review and signature.

Have a great three day weekend!

Beverly

 

Week of August 21 - 25, 2017

Problem solving and critical thinking skills were emphasized this week.  Given a container of clothes pins, craft sticks, and binder clips the children were instructed to build the tallest structure they could.  It was interesting to observe their designs and the way they used the materials.  Some children chose to work with partners and others preferred to work independently.  We discussed the finished products and reasoning for the construction design.  

The Math 24 competition for elementary students is in November so we practiced this week.  Participation in the school teams is voluntary, but I encourage everyone to play this game to sharpen computational skills.  

Thank you for returning the information sheet.  If you need another copy, please let me know.

I hope you enjoy this beautiful weekend!

Beverly

Week of August 14 - 18, 2017

Our first week has been a great one!  It was wonderful seeing the children again and meeting the new TAG students.  I challenged the students with a brain teaser that made them think a different way.  Their eagerness to search for answers created many "Ahhh. . . " , moments and brought smiles to our faces.  I sent home many blank copies so the children could challenge you with this fun activity. 

We discussed the levels of learning and the quest for knowledge.  The creation of a "rainbow in a jar"  created a visual representation of our journey to become lifelong learners.  

Schedules are being finalized, and I hope to meet with all of the TAG children next week.

Have a great weekend!

Beverly

 

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