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Good afternoon parents,

I hope each of you is doing well. We have had another great week with a lot of learning. The students are growing as readers and really getting into our read aloud (Tiger Rising.)  

Writing: As we build our bank for pre-writing strategies, students understand that to be a good writer, you must spend some time in the pre-writing stage of the writing process. Students have worked hard to produce several drafts. We will continue looking at the writing process next week and see how we can use a combination of sentences to make our writing stronger. 

Math: This week, the students learned that math can be checked in several different ways depending on the problem. We are using real-world situations to learn how to add and subtract large numbers.  Students should continue practicing multiplication facts as we are diving into multiplication and division in the upcoming weeks.  

Reading: Please keep in mind that students must log their reading each night on their reading log. Reading is done at home and in the classroom. This week we looked at Informational Non-Fiction and the elements that make a piece non-fiction. You probably saw the Time For Kids magazine that came home.  We also went online and looked at several articles relating to the hurricanes that have hit in the last few weeks. We evaluated our Time for Kids magazines and looked at elements that make it non-fiction. We also grew as readers by making envisionments about what we read.  Next week, we will look into predictions and will track our thoughts. 

Science: This week in science we learned how the ecosystem affects seeds that disperse.  Next week we will hook at inherited traits.    

Social Studies: Students started their Texas Regions project.  We will continue this next week.  

 

Things to Remember:

1. Look at work in Friday folder and keep those things at home. It is beneficial to review all work that comes home.  I try to go over as much as I can in groups, but some items may need attention at home. 

2. Our parent conferences are next Tuesday.  I will send you a reminder with your time. We will meet upstairs in the little office across Mr. Ray's room 

Class Meeting Goals       

Growth Mindsets 

Instead of Think
I give up! I'll use a different strategy.
I made a mistake! Mistakes help me learn.
I've not good at this! What am I missing?
This is good enough! Is this my best work?

 

Hello Parents,

I hope each of you is doing well. We have had another great week with so much learning.  Thank you for continuing to guide your children in their homework and reading each night.  The graphic above has a great mathematical way of explaining why reading is so crucial.  It’s a quick way to see the importance of reading and how the gap can grow if we don’t give it the importance it deserves. 

Lots going on at Armstrong! Mark your calendars,

1. Invention Convention kicked off this week.  Please ask your child for paperwork.  This is a great way to show some critical thinking towards solving an everyday problem. 

2. Picture Day is Tuesday 9/19 at 9:00 am.  Forms were sent home yesterday.  

3. First whole group PAWS meeting is Wednesday 9/20 in the cafeteria at 7:15

4. Friday, September 22nd is an early release at 1pm.  We will meet you right after lunch at regular pick-up. 

5. Book Fair starts on September 25th

Writing: We are still collecting our seed stories and writing a few each week. This week we focused on show, not tells in our story (this is where you can picture what's going on without having to say it-sad could be, tears welled up in her eyes)  Next week students will learn how the writing process works and what it takes to be a good writer.  We will look at novels they are reading and see how authors use Show, Not Tell. 

Math: We continue to work on decimals and place value. We will finish our unit for place value and take our unit test today next week.  We will also begin addition and subtraction next week.  This will include numbers in the millions place and students will continue to carry, borrow and subtract over zeros.   We really want them to understand what the value of each digit is. 

Reading: We are growing as readers and building our reading live.  Students have a novel and a backup book ready for next week.  Students have started reading with a purpose and are questioning and connecting as they read.  Our class read aloud, Tiger Rising, is a hit and students are truly engaged in the reading. We have created reading partnerships and students are actively engaging in reading conversations with their partners. Continue logging reading each night.  Next week, we will continue work on envisioning our stories. 

Science: This week in science we discussed seed dispersal. Next week, we will talk about the ecosystem and how seeds are affected when they travel. We were excited to go to the garden this week and were able to write a letter to our pen pals that have a similar garden in their school. This will be an ongoing partnership. The letters were delivered today. 

Social Studies: We continue to learn about each region of Texas.

Things to Remember:

  1. Friday folders come back Monday (empty them out please and initial)

Class Meeting Goals       

Growth Mindsets 

Instead of Think
I give up! I'll use a different strategy.
I made a mistake! Mistakes help me learn.
I've not good at this! What am I missing?

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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!

Week 2 (2017)

 

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!

Week 1 (2017)

 

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!

It was such a treat to meet each of you last night.  Please click here to fill out the dismissal form for 2017-2018 school year.
 
 
See you Monday! 

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. 

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!