Good Afternoon Parents,
I hope you had a wonderful week and were able to accomplish a lot. Thank you so much for coming to curriculum night. It was great meeting all of you! Also, a big thank you for making me feel special on my birthday.
Writing: Students worked hard on gathering their seed stories this week. We started with creating a heart map and memories. Next week we will work on sentence stubs to spring into stories close to our heart They will then take a few of their memories and develop a story. We are continuing to find ideas of what good writers do.
Math: Students were engaged in comparing and ordering numbers while learning to place those numbers in standard, written, and expanded forms. We are continuing our math journey by understanding why people round numbers. Each Friday, we work on an Exemplar word problem. This is a powerful and challenging problem that takes students through the process of becoming an expert on certain strands. Please continue to work on multiplication facts each night. Next week we will move into adding and subtracting large numbers.
Reading: Students are building their reading life and proactively questioning and thinking about what they are reading. It is important to keep in mind that students should not read multiple books at the same time. Right now we are focusing on one novel of their choice. Encourage them to read out loud to you as this will build their fluency and help them grow as a reader. As we continue our realistic fiction unit, we will focus more on envisionments and synthesize our reading
Science: This week in science we learned about magnetism and how a compass works. Our next lab will be on comparing seed dispersal methods. We will also attend the garden next week.
Social Studies: Texas History! We are discovering our Lone Star State and understanding what biomes, regions, and landforms make Texas so grand. We will continue this work into next week.
Things to Remember:
1. If you could not attend Curriculum Night, the presentation is on my site. Let me know if you have questions.
2. Students should read and record their reading each night on their reading log. They should read at least 5 times a week-weekends are encouraged.
3. Students learned the importance of using their manners when responding to adults and others. Continue to monitor this and compliment them as you see this happening. We also talked about eye contact the importance of giving your attention to those that speak. As we continue to work on our growth mindset, talk about how mistakes are opportunities to learn from.
Have a wonderful long weekend!
We have had a great start to the year! The students are eager to learn and that is always a sign of success. Here is a glimpse into our first days.
Social Studies: 4th graders are responsible to understand the history of Texas. We will start next week with focusing on the land that makes up Texas. We will continue exploring Texas and dig deeper into the regions that make up our Lone Star State.
Science: Students customized their Science Interactive Notebook and learned safety procedures for the lab.
Math: We are discussing place value and the value of each digit in a number. Students should know the value of numbers into the hundred billions place. They will write numbers in standard, expanded, and written form. We will begin ordering numbers next week. Please ensure that your child practices their math facts each night.
Reading: Students are on their way towards building a reading life. From sharing their favorite books, to discussing how to select just right books, they are prepared for a year in which their reading resolutions will help navigate their choices in literature. Students should log their reading on their log and keep track of the books and minutes they've read. Please ensure that students log their reading each night as that is documentation that guides our small group conversations.
Writing: Writing is a really important piece of our curriculum in fourth grade. This week, we took some time to collect seed stories that will later turn into published work. Next week we will generate ideas that we could look back to when selecting a writing topic. Students also dipped their toes into writing their first piece.
Spelling: Next week, students will take an inventory test in order to receive a customized list that is on their level. Each child will have their own list to ensure they feel successful. These customized lists will be passed out later next week and students will work with them for a couple of weeks until they are ready to move forwards. Words Their Way is an amazing program that makes spelling purposeful. Usually, we do not have spelling homework, however, I encourage and request that you look over their words with them. Remember, we do all of our spelling assignments in our spelling spiral which is located in their binder.
Yellow Communication Folder:
1. School information will be sent via email or could be found on our website.
2. The Communication Folder will have a couple of items that must remain in the folder. The Class Contract and the Behavior Log all need to remain in the folder. Please sign the folder each Friday and return on Monday.
3. Anything in the pockets will need to stay home.
I look forward to Thursday,September 7th as we visit about curriculum night. I will host two sessions.
Session One 5:00-6:00
Session Two 6:00-7:00
You only need to attend one of my sessions.
Our class conference meeting is on Sept.26th. I'll have a sign up sheet during Curriculum Night. This will be a time where we can discuss individual student needs and concerns.
Please keep in mind that students need to decorate their writing journals over the weekend. I know it's a long weekend and you may have plans. Students have until next Friday to complete this. Please be sure the journals come back to school each day even if they aren't decorated.
Please don't hesitate to email me with any questions you may have.
Have a great weekend!
What a great week it’s been. Students are working diligently as we prepare for the end of the year.
Math: We are wrapping up our financial literacy unit and will work on problem-solving for the next couple of weeks. Please be sure that you are going over work sent home in the Friday folder.
Reading: We have finished our folktale unit. Students understand that fairy tales, fables, myths, legends, and tall tales are folktales passed down by generations. Students even tried writing some poetry from their readings of folk tales
Writing: Students worked on writing poetry this week. We wrote a personal poem regarding what our room says about us. This was mimicked from a famous poem called the Abandoned Farmhouse, which you can read here http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/52935 Students were able to write a similar poem called the My Room Poem. We even wrote fairy tale and fable poems to practice the inner poet in us. We wrapped up the week by writing long and taking our writing into poetry.
Social Studies: We will begin our Civil War unit next week.
Science: Students continue to understand light energy.
This year is rapidly ending and I can’t thank you enough for all that you’ve done. I look forward to the next several weeks as we continue to work hard and prepare for 5th grade.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Happy Friday! The students have worked super hard this week and are ready for the carnival. Thank you so much for all your support when it comes to making Armstrong wonderful. I know many of you have volunteered or helped with resources. I’m sure it will be a wonderful evening. Also, thanks to Mrs. Phan, Mrs. Nix, and Mr. Dusnton for volunteering their time for our field trip. What a great day!
Things to keep in mind:
Have a wonderful weekend.
What a wonderful week we’ve had. Students have worked hard and supported our Valenkinds Sales.
The role of water during erosion.
Students explored and researched Texas Missions and understand the reasons why missions were built and what their purpose was.
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.
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.
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.