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May 24-28, 2017

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.

  1. Our pledge week where students help with announcements is on May 1-5. I will let students know which day they are helping.
  2. STAAR math test is on May 8th and Reading is on May 9th.
  3. Please remember to sign up for career week online using the PTA website.
  4. We will walk to MIS on May 2nd for our transition meeting. We will be back by 12-lunch times will remain the same.
  5. PAWS meeting May 17th
  6. Global Connections Meeting May 3rd and May 10th-that will be our last meeting.
  7. May 24th- 4th grade Recognition Program begins at 8:30
  8. May 26th Last day of school-Early dismissal at 1pm. 

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.

April 17-21

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!


  1. Math: We have started our financial literacy unit. We’ve talked about revenue, profit, savings, and expenses. We will dig deeper in the next week. We were fortunate to have Vista Bank come out and share with our students what it means to save, invest, and use their money wisely. They even gave each child MONEY to start saving. This will come home with your child today. 
  2. Reading: We just finished The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.  What a fantastic book full of love, compassion, loss, and life lessons. We will continue working with folktales in the coming weeks. 
  3. Writing: We have started writing poetry and understanding the deeper meanings of our poems. As April is national poetry month, we hope to bring out the inner poets that rest in all of us. Share some poetry at home with your child and discuss the themes and figurative language that make the poems strong.
  4. Social Studies: Students have finished the battles of Texas and we are now moving on to New Challenges for Texas. 
  5. Science: Students worked on sources of light and how light travels.


Things to keep in mind:

  1. Send boxtops and pulltabs.
  2. Empty out and sign yellow communication folder.
  3. Follow me on twitter @ashrafmobh

Have a wonderful weekend.

April 3-7 2017

Dear parents, 
What a wonderful week we have had.  Students have worked hard and are gearing up to become the best 5th graders. 
Math: We finished our unit on data collection and representation. We will have a test on Monday and will start financial literacy later next week.
Reading: We continue to understand what it means to Close Read a passage and what it means to read with a narrative and expository lense. We have started our last book club book, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane- a class favorite. 
Writing: We've become budding poets and can't wait to share our poetry with you soon. 
Science: Sink of float foil boats. Explain how large ocean ships float. 
Social Studies: Texas Annexation
Please see the post before for important dates and events.  
Have a wonderful weekend!

Important Dates 2017

Good afternoon parents, 
Some important dates
1. Armstrong Reads is due on Monday. Please send in the forms and funds collected.  We hope that everyone participated in this wonderful fundraiser that will support classroom libraries.
2.  PAWS Global Connections is collecting change for their April campaign, Change for a Change. The money will help buy books for our partner school in Uganda. Please send change that students can submit to jars near the front of the office. 
3. Picture day is next Wednesday, April 12th at 8:35. Please send back forms if you would like to purchase pictures.  
4. Thursday is an early release day at 1pm. There is no school on Friday. 
5. We will have our spring field trip on April 20th. More information will come your way in the coming weeks. If you would like to volunteer, please send me an email by next Friday. I'm looking for two parents.  You will have to drive to Ft. Worth to meet us at the Trinity River. 
6. Armstrong Carnival is on April 21st and starts at 3:30. Please email me if you want your child to directly go to the carnival that day. 
7. We will visit MIS on May 2nd. More information to come. 
8. STAAR Math test is on May 8 and Reading on May 9. More information to come. 
9. Please sign up for Career Week on the PTA website. 
10. 4th grade recognition program is on May 24th from 8:30 to about 10. 
11. Field Day is on May 26th. That is also an early release day at 1pm-Also, our last day of school. 

March 27-31

Good afternoon parents, 
What a week!  Students worked very hard on their STAAR Writing Test this past Tuesday.  We have a reading and math STAAR test in May (8th and 9th).
We are so excited about our Readathon.  I hope that each student participates so that we can have wonderful libraries in our classrooms.  I also sign in there during silent reading time.  Have fun!!!
Math: We have finished our measurement unit and will start with data and graphs next week. 
Reading: Students became experts on parts of Secrets of the Mummies.  We reviewed all of our nonfiction elements and students shared their learning with new groups.  We will start our folktale unit next week. 
Writing: Students are writing poetry and understanding the elements of different types of poetry.
Science: Students learned buoyancy, density and created a delicate diver. 
Social Studies: We will finish Texas Colonization next Tuesday.
Please keep in mind that we have a lot going on as we wrap up the year. I've sent an email that has important dates and will continue to remind you about upcoming events. 
Have a wonderful weekend!

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. 


  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. 


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.  


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. 

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.  
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. 
*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 
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. 
Students have started reading and composing Literary Essay this week.  We will continue this work for the next several weeks. 
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!
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. 
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. 
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.). 
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. 
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!