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Spring Break 2017

Good afternoon parents, 
 
What a great way to end our nine weeks! We celebrated the end of our historical fiction unit with a cultural celebration. The students were pumped and excited to share parts of their culture and heritage.  Thank you for inspiring them and sharing stories that excited them to present today! Please visit our class Twitter page @ashrafmobh to see amazing videos and pictures.  The cherry on top of our day was a tweet liked by Pam Munoz Ryan-the author of Esperanza Rising!
 
Math: We will start perimeter and area when we return. 
 
Reading: We will revisit our nonfiction unit with a class study of Mummies 
 
Writing: We will continue our work with revising and editing
 
Social Studies: Colonization 
 
Science: Volume and Displacement 
 
Important dates:
3-20 Armstrong Reads Begins 
3-22 Global Connections Meeting
3-23 Open House 5-6:30 (Come and go)
3-24 Grandfriend's Day (9-10:30 in our classroom -Come and Go)
3-28 STAAR Writing Test 
3-28 Global Connections Meeting (added)
 
Enjoy your spring break and stay safe.  
 

Feb. 6-10, 2017

Hello parents,

What a wonderful week we’ve had.  Students have worked hard and supported our Valenkinds Sales. 

Updates:

  1. Remember to send Boxtops and tabs from your sodas. We are collecting these to help our school and community.
  2. Have your child read out loud each night to help build fluency. Using poems and easier texts helps build fluency. 
  3. Kindness Week was a great success last week and I hope students show their kindness during all situations and not just at school. Today we watched a sweet video from Kid President that showed simple ways to show kindness. See it here
  4. Next Tuesday, we will have our Valentine’s Day Party. Mrs. Dunston and Mrs. Mabus will host the party with games and treats. If you would like to send goodies or cards, make sure that each child in our class gets one. Students will need to decorate a Valentine’s Day box at home. Please send this by next Tuesday. I've emailed the class list to all of you. 

Science:

The role of water during erosion.

Social Studies:

Students explored and researched Texas Missions and understand the reasons why missions were built and what their purpose was.  

Math:

We will finish our geometry unit on Monday.  

We will start our measurement unit on Tuesday and students need to bring an item of capacity for our measurement museum.  This could be anything that measures using pints, gallons, quarts, cups and oz. They have until next Thursday to bring this in. 

Reading:

Students are able to determine figurative language while reading a piece of literature.  Students are also taking time to let novels reveal history while reading their historical fiction books.  As we dig deeper into historical fiction, students realize it is important to notice that “trouble is brewing” and pay close attention to the setting and characters. We are now focusing on minor characters and small moments and objects that lodge into big ideas. 

We have started Esperanza Rising as our read aloud.  Wonderful historical fiction set during the Great Depression and life for Mexican migrant workers in California. 

Next Tuesday, we will finish our second book club book and students will celebrate on Wed. They can bring an artifact to celebrate their book club. 

Writing:

We shared our literary essays that we completed in a camp setting and will finish our second lit essay next week.  You should see their writing! I'll send home writing folders next week for you to see the transition. 

 

Have a wonderful weekend. 

January 23-27, 2017

What another wonderful week of learning.  Students surely have enjoyed reading PIE and we are so lucky that Sarah Weeks, the author of Pie, is doing a special reading just for us of the epilogue.  We will stream the video today in our classrooms to wrap up PIE.  Thank you for making this year's One School, One Book a success.  We truly have the most amazing school and parents!
 
Math: Students finished their fractions unit and we have started geometry.  Students explored and created iMovies about geometry in real life. 
 
Reading: We continue to dive deeper into historical fiction.  Students understand that the author relays messages repeatedly to show that trouble is brewing and that characters are behaving the way they do because of the situations they are in.  Students love our read aloud Number the Stars.  Have dinner or car conversations regarding what they are learning about that time period during WWII. Students will begin their second book club next week. 
 
Writing: Students enhanced their literary essays by including lists, quotes, and mini stories to take their writing to the next level.  We will continue this work for the next couple of weeks. 
 
Science: Students explored rocks and mineral this week. 
 
Social Studies: Students understand what Missions are, why they were created, and what life in a mission consisted of.  
 
Updates:
1. Penny Book due next Friday- We've had enough time in class by now to have all world events completed.  If your child is not done with that, please finish at home.  Remember to have a cover page and their sources page at the end. 
 
2. Next week we will not do a Time for Kids- this should ease of some evening time for students to work on their science fair projects which are due on Feb. 9th.  The science fair will be held at 6pm but students should bring their boards in the morning with all necessary material.  
 
3. Next week is Kindness Week-please the email I sent regarding the week.
 
Thank you for always supporting our students and ensuring that they come prepared and ready to learn each day!  Have a wonderful weekend! 
 
 

January 17-20, 2017

Good afternoon parents, 
 
We've had another great week of learning. 
 
Math: Students understand proper and improper fractions.  They are able to add and subtract fractions with like denominators.  We continue to work on problem-solving. 
 
Reading: I'm sure you've seen your kiddos deep into their historical fiction novels.  They are learning how author's repeat things, how different characters react differently in the same situation.  We will continue work with historical fiction for the next few weeks.  Ask students about our class read aloud, Number the Stars-It's certainly a favorite. 
 
Writing: Students are diving deep into their Literary Essays and making claims according to the book they are reading.  We will continue crafting our essays next week. 
 
Science: Students participated in a class experiment to get ready for the science fair. Please be sure to visit earlier posts to see ideas about projects. 
 
Keep in mind that Penny Books are due the first Friday of Feb. We work on world events each week and by this point, students should be done with 7 world events.  
 
Have a wonderful weekend!

January 9-13, 2017

I hope you've had a wonderful week and enjoyed some of the beautiful weather we had earlier this week. 
 
Updates:
*Pie reading: I hope you are enjoying our One Book One School reading
*Penny Project due on Feb. 3rd.  Please be sure it is bound and has a cover sheet on the front with the child's name, Penny Project 2017, 4th Grade, Mrs. Mobh.  By now, you child should have 7 world events completed with the time given in class.  
*Science Fair plan sheet is due next Friday, January 20. Keep in mind that the science fair is mandatory for 4th graders. 
*There is no school on Monday 
 
Math:
We finished part 1 or our fractions unit and will move into adding, subtracting and decomposing fractions next week.  Students also worked on problem-solving skills. 
 
Writing: 
Students have started reading and composing Literary Essay this week.  We will continue this work for the next several weeks. 
 
Reading: 
I'm sure you've heard the buzz about book clubs.  Students are super excited about their historical fiction book clubs and have nightly reading and note taking.  They get about 30 mins a day to read in class and then have discussions with their groups.  Ask students about what type of trouble is brewing in their books? What do they know about the setting? Characters? They are in love with their books!
 
Science:
Students worked on testing minerals.  We will do a science experiment next week to show students how a science fair project/investigation is completed. 
 
Social studies:
Students will begin work with Texas Missions next week. 
 
Have a wonderful weekend!
 
 
 

Jan. 2-6 2017

Hello parents,
 
I hope you are doing well and ready for another great week. 
 
Math:
We started our fractions unit and will spend the next two weeks understanding, comparing, simplifying, and decomposing fractions. A great way to discuss fractions at home is letting your child use recipes or even looking at a meal and figuring out what parts make the whole meal. 
 
Reading:
We were so thankful for the snow on Friday as we ended our nonfiction unit on extreme weather.  We will start historical fiction tomorrow.  Be sure your child reads PIE each night and then spends a bit of time on historical fiction. Remember, reading embodies the reading and working part (discussions, sticky notes, etc.). 
 
Writing:
Students are finishing their Human Rights paper and will turn those in tomorrow if they haven't done so already. We will begin literary essays this week. 
 
Social Studies:
Students have finished their research on their explorers and we will begin Texas Missions this week. 
 
Science:
Soil permeability.
 
Tid Bits:
1. Penny Project: Due on Feb. 3rd.  Students should complete 4 years by this Friday.  We work on world events in class and they work on personal events at home.      
2.  Science Fair information was sent home today.  The project is mandatory for 4th graders.  Please look at the information and let me know if you have questions.  I will attach a science fair ideas sheet on my site.   The due date for the form is this Friday with your signature.  The due date for the Entry Form is January 25th.  The project is due on Feb. 9th.  
 
****Both of the above projects has due dates close to each other.  Please help students manage their time****
 
Have a wonderful week!

Happy Holidays 2016

Thank you so much for all the generous presents and wonderful cards.  You guys are TOO much!  Thank you also to Mrs. Dunston and Mrs. Mabus for organizing the holiday party.  It was certainly a BIG HIT!. May the season be full of wonderful memories and happy days!
 
Have a wonderful and happy winter break and I'll see you all next year!
 
 

Dec.5-9, 2016-2017

Good afternoon parents, 
We've had another great week of learning.  Thanks to the Joiner family for supporting our school and winning the Teacher of the Day auction. Miss Joiner was an excellent teacher and the students might want her to take my job!!!
 
Math: We have finished our division unit and will begin input and output tables next week.  Your child should understand how to divide the traditional way (long division) and partial quotient.  
 
Writing: Students have finished their drafts for their favorite time of year.  We will dig into revising and editing our work next week.  This is the longest part of the writing process and students will have tools to help them revise and edit their work.  
 
Reading: As nonfiction readers, students understand how to figure out the structure of their reading. They know that once you figure out the structure (chronological, cause and effect, problem/solution, compare and contrast) of the text, it's easy to understand and take notes.  Students have started their research project on a certain weather subtopic. 
 
Science: Students learned the phases of the moon. 
 
Social Studies: Students are learning about explorers of Texas and what made them come to the new land. 
 
Penny Project: Students had a lesson on research and citing information.  We have worked on 2 world events this week in class.  Please have your child work on the personal events at home on their Google Drive.  Students should finish the first 4 years of both events by next week.  I will check with them to see where they are on Thursday. 
 
Friday, December 16th:
1. Schedule
 
Class Party from 11:1511:45 
Clean-up from 11:45-12:00
Recess 12:00-12:20
Lunch 12:20-12:50
Pack up clean up 12:50-1:00
Dismissal 1:00 (EARLY Release Day)
 
2. Please send a wrapped book- please see the email from last week. 
 
Have a wonderful weekend. 
 

Nov. 28-Dec 2 (2016-2017)

What a full week. Students came back rested and ready to take on the end of this semester. 
 
Math: We continued our division unit and students understand how to use partial quotients to solve a division problem. We will continue our division unit next week. 
 
Writing: Students completed their draft for their first expository.  They are now  writing their second expository which deals with their favorite time of year. This week, we focused on organizing our writing and really spending time on our introductions.  Students know 4 different ways of starting an introduction. 
 
Reading: Students continue to work on nonfiction reading.  Please be sure they are doing their notes as they read in their reading BLB.  I hope you enjoyed watching the TED talks this week, I know the students did. 
 
Science: Students worked on the water cycle. 
 
Social Studies: Students finished their Native American presentations.  We've moved on to explorers. 
 
Please be sure to read the email regarding the holiday party on Dec. 16th.  Have a great weekend!

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving break.  Enjoy time with your family and friends as you celebrate the season of giving.  I'm thankful for such amazing students and wonderful families that make Armstrong such a outstanding place!!!

November 14-18, 2016-2017

Thank you to all those that donated to Brother Bills!  We had 100% participation from our class. The students had such a great time packing an individual bag for the families in need.  They also helped with loading up cars with the donations.  What a great community project!

Don't forget to have your child sign up for the Geo Bee.  I sent information out earlier this week.  I will also send a follow-up today.  

Thank you,Mrs. Garvey for being our Friday Reader today!

Math:

We completed our multiplication unit this week with a unit test.  Please have your child log on to Pearson Math and show you how they did.  It will automatically assign them practice tasks if they missed any strands. We have started division and students participated in a Math Congress today to show what their understanding is with division. 

Writing:

Students are continuing to work on their expository writing.  We've looked at anecdotes/mini stories which make our expository stronger and more personal.   We discussed how adding Café Squidd to their writing will help tremendously.  C=Comparisons A=Anecdote F=Facts E=Examples S=Statistic QU=Quotations I=Illustrated words D=Details D=Descriptions.  I love seeing how they grow as writers.  Remember, good readers become great writers. 

Reading:

As we dive into nonfiction reading, you should see your child reading and be stopping to jot notes from their nonfiction reading.  This type of nonfiction reading is where we are learning from the information we read.  Students understand text structures and what it means to preview their nonfiction reading. 

Social Studies:

Students finished Native American research paper and project.  We were able to start our presentations and will continue next week.  We are working with a 7th grade (they also study Texas History) class from MIS regarding our projects.  Students will share their presentations with Ms. Riddel's class at MIS and receive feedback on their presentations.  

Science:

Students are continuing to learn about the food web and finished dissecting owl pellets to create a skeleton of the bones found in their pellets. They are now understanding transpiration in plant life.

Have a beautiful weekend!

It was a crisp autumn morning. The students in Mrs. Mobh’s class were excited, nervous and tense. A very special event was about to happen in just a few minutes ...a Mystery Skype!

This was no ordinary Mystery Skype, it was their first one (since the first two led to technical difficulties)! The excitement began when the sound started going off. Brring! Brring! Little faces popped up onto the screen. Omar ran up to greet them and they returned us with a warm,friendly hello!

Soon after, we learned that they were in the western hemisphere and they didn't touch the Pacific Ocean.

Now, I will be interviewing Mrs.Mobh on her thoughts.

Cassidy: "What do you think on the Mystery Skype so far?"

Mrs. Mobh: "I think they are asking exellent questeins and doing a good job narrowing down their choices."

We soon started to think hard! We thought they were maybe in Florida or a State on the east coast. They guessed Texas and were right. Finnally, we relized….. IT WAS NEW HAMPSHIRE!

We were so excited to crack the case! They shared some facts and we told them about ourselves and the fact that our wonderful school is over 100 years old. 

It was time to say our good by’s. We were all sad to see them leave and go back to work.

Im sure 100% of our class had fun!

Cassidy Golden age 9 closing out!



Week 12: 2016-2017

Hello parents,
I hope you all had a great week.  There are so many wonderful things going on at Armstrong!  Thanks for all your support towards the many initiatives. Please see the message right before this post regarding our Thanksgiving Food Drive.
 
Math: We are on our way towards understanding 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication. Students are creating videos to show you 4 different ways of tackling a 2 digit by digit multiplication problem.  You will see these pop up on Twitter as they get complete.  We will have our unit test on multiplication next week and move into division.  Please be sure your child practices their math facts each night. 
 
Writing: Students have worked on writing their essays and fine tuning them. Students understand that in order to be an essayist, you must have good content and good form.  The analogy we used is that a cake could look beautiful on the outside, but the taste matters, too. We've looked at exemplars and created goals for our writing as we move forward in the writing process with expository writing. We have some very deep thinkers in our class.  They've written about equal opportunities for women to how their pets make them responsible.  
 
Reading: As we tackle nonfiction text, it is important to understand that in order to learn from nonfiction, we first make connections with prior knowledge, then we preview the text, and as we start reading we understand the text structure which helps us understand what we are reading. Nonfiction reading in class is not the "sit in the dentist office and flip through a magazine" type reading, but it is reading to learn. 
 
Social Studies: Students are done with their Native American projects and we will present them next week.  Our next unit will be the explorers of Texas.  
Science: Students are dissecting owl pellets to see what the owl had for dinner. They will create a skeletal using bones found in the pellets.  
 
This week was full of emotions as our country elected a new president. In my 16 years of teaching, I've never noticed students being affected the way they were this time around. As an educator, it is my responsibility to listen to my students and not brush away from difficult conversations. Many students had questions regarding the election and I want you to know that we talked about how our country has a form of government where we elect a president who will not lead independently, but with a group of people.  We talked about our branches of government and explained the checks and balances system that helps our country be a democracy.  I told students that the beauty of our nation is that we have a choice in who we elect every 4 years and that each side wanted their candidate for a reason.  As a class, we learned that as young people we need to be kind and compassionate at all times, stand up for what we believe in and push towards making this world a place we want to live in, and respectfully listen to everyone's' ideas. 
 
 
I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of amazing memories!
 

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Benefiting: Brother Bill’s Helping Hand

Donations will help feed hundreds of families in the Dallas area this Thanksgiving.

Deadline to donate:: Friday, November 18th

Your child will come home with a bag with directions on how the donations are working this year.  We hope our class can support this initiative.  Keep in mind, a child can be given all the items to take to school, OR they can be part of the process by purchasing, paying and bringing it to the school.  At the end of the day, we want young people to understand that giving is a part of humanity and we do our best to do our part. 

Visit www.bbhh.org for more information.