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Welcome to 4th Grade!!

I hope you enjoy our class this year! To learn more about our wonderful class, keep checking our class webpage regularly to find out what's happening in Mrs. Davis' class!

 

 

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Week of May 22-26

Dear Parents,
 
Here are some important dates for our final week in 4th grade:

 

Wed. May 24- 4th Grade Recognition Program- 8:15 a.m.

Thurs. May 25- Class Pizza Party at lunch

Fri. May 26- Field Day: 

Cafeteria is closed. If you didn't order the Chik Fil A lunch, be sure to send a sack lunch.

11:00-11:15 4th Grade Recess/11:20-11:50 4th Grade Lunch (Davis/Jeter)

11:55-12:55 4th Grade Field Day

12:55-1:00 Dismissal

                  Report Cards posted

Have a wonderful summer!

Week of May 15-19

Dear Parents,
Here are some important dates for our final two weeks in 4th grade:

Week of May 15-19  Career Week  Please sign up to share your career with our students. Time slots are listed on the Armstrong PTA website. 

Wed. May 17- Final PAWS Meeting 7:15 a.m.

Wed. May 24- 4th Grade Recognition Program- 8:30 a.m.

Fri. May 26- Field Day 

11:00-11:15 4th Grade Recess/11:20-11:50 4th Grade Lunch (Davis/Jeter)

11:55-12:55 4th Grade Field Day

12:55-1:00 Dismissal

  Report Cards posted

Curricululm:

Math- Upon completing our Math STAAR Test, we jumped into our "Biz World" project. The students have been divided into four companies to produce and sell friendship bracelets to third graders.   Each student has a job that they have applied for whether it be CEO, VP of Finance, VP of Design, VP of Manufacturing, VP of Sales, or VP of Marketing. They have come up with a business plan and a pitch to ask the Venture Capitalists to buy stock in their company. They are quickly realizing the necessity of capital when starting up a company! We will continue to work on this project next week.

Writing- I hope you received the Poetry Booklet the students brought home Friday for Mother's Day! They worked hard on this project during National Poetry Month, and I think they did an outstanding job! They will now work on their final poem..."Ode to Armstrong". You will hear them recite this poem in our classroom after the Fourth Grade Recognition Program on May 24. After that, we will proceed to the cafeteria for a reception of punch and cookies.

Reading- We have been using our own books to study characters. They will also be responding to our new read-aloud.

Science- Electricity and Magnetism

Social Studies- Texas Cattle and Oil industries

Week of May 1-5, 2017

Dear Parents,
It's hard to believe that we are down to our last four weeks of school! This will be an extremely busy and important time for us!
Curriculum:
Math- The students have been working in teams on the "Amazing Race Across Texas." This is a fun way to review all the math concepts we have studied this year. The Davis, Wiley, and Jeter classes have been split into seven mixed teams where each team works on a different concept each day. They have 15 questions to solve, getting clues that take them to their destination of a particular Texas city. This has been a lot of fun for the kids! We will conclude this race on Thursday.
Writing- Our focus has been on poetry since April is "National Poetry Month". You will be amazed at the great work your student has been doing when they bring home their Poetry Project booklet in a couple of weeks!
Reading- We have finished our folktale unit. The students have enjoyed reading the kinds of books included in this genre...Fairy Tales, Tall Tales, Myths, Legends, Fables.
Social Studies- The students have been learning about Reconstruction and the Cattle Industry in Texas. After that we will find out more about the railroad boom and oil industry in Texas.
Science- Light and refraction
 
Important Dates:

Tuesday, May 2- Fourth grade visits MIS for orientation. Our Specials classes will be switched with third grade today, so students will have Specials at 8:15-9:15. The fourth grade classes will then walk to MIS for their orientation. We should be back at Armstrong before lunch. Students should wear their PAWS shirts today if possible.

                            Alice's Garden 2:15-2:45

Thursday, May 4- Talent Show for 3rd and 4th Grade  6:00 p.m. (auditorium)

Monday, May 8- STAAR Math Test (8:00-1:00)

Tuesday, May 9- STAAR Reading Test (8:00-1:00)

Saturday, May 13- Armstrong Day of Service

Week of May 15-19  Career Week  Please sign up to share your career with our students. Time slots are listed on the Armstrong PTA website. 

Wed. May 17- PAWS Meeting 7:15 a.m.

Wed. May 24- 4th Grade Recognition Program- 8:30 a.m.

Fri. May 26- Field Day 

                     Early Release 1:00 

                     Report Cards posted

Week of April 24-28

Dear Parents,
Last week was an exciting week full of fun and learning! We had our great field trip to Panther Island to learn more about the importance of our water. Thank you to Mrs. Borchers, Mrs. Levin, and Ms. Watters for helping with our day in Ft. Worth! Friday was a big day on two accounts...we were fortunate to have a visit from two bankers from Vista Bank who taught the students about the importance of managing their money, savings, and how interest works.
Of course the biggest event on Friday was the Armstrong Carnival! The students could hardly wait until 3:00 to join all the fun and games!
Important Information:

This is the information for the 4th to 5th Grade transition:Parent meetings with Dr. Hitzelberger & Mrs. Armer (5th grade counselor) at each campus:

April 24th – Hyer, 9:30 a.m., Auditorium

April 25th – University Park, 8:30 a.m., Cafeteria

April 26th – Bradfield, 8:30 a.m., Auditorium

April 26th    Armstrong, 10:00 a.m., Auditorium

If parents are unable to make their campus meeting, we will be having the same meeting & information at the MIS/HPMS campus on April 27th, 9:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m., Auditorium

Tuesday, May 2- Fourth grade visits MIS for orientation. More information to come.

Monday, May 8- STAAR Math Test (8:00-1:00)

Tuesday, May 9- STAAR Reading Test (8:00-1:00)

Week of May 15-19  Career Week  Please sign up to share your career with our students. Time slots are listed on the Armstrong PTA website. 

Wed. May 24- 4th Grade Recognition Program- 8:30 a.m.

Fri. May 26- Field Day 

                     Early Release 1:00 

                     Report Cards posted

 

Week of April 10-15

Dear Parents,
Our busy spring continues with lots of learning and creativity! Here's what has been happening in class:
Math- We are finishing up our study of data gathering and representations in a variety of ways. We will begin our study of Financial Literacy next.
Reading- The students are enjoying our latest novel study of the Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. They are realizing connections between this novel and our previous novels. When we get to the end of the daily chapters we read, there is always the cry of "Just one more!"
Writing- We are continuing our study of different types of poetry. I can't wait for you to see their creativity when they bring home their collection of poems after this month of reading and writing poetry!
Science- In Science Lab the students constructed different kinds of foil boats and discovered which styles were able to support the most weight. They had a great time with this experiment!
Social Studies- Annexation of Texas 
 
Important Dates:
Monday April 10- Armstrong Reads logs and donations due
Wednesday, April 12- Class Picture Day
Thursday, April 13- Early Release Day 1:00
Friday, April 14- Student Holiday
 
Tuesday, April 18- Field Trip (Trinity River Part 2) Davis, Pierce, and Wiley classes. Our class will need two volunteers to chaperone. This would involve most of the school day as we will travel to the Ft. Worth Panther Pavilion area for further studies of our water. Please email me if you are able to help that day. As before, I'll put your name in the hat for the selection. Thanks!  
 
Wednesday, April 19- PAWS meeting (7:15 a.m.)
Friday, April 21- Armstrong Carnival (3:00-7:00)
 

Week of April 3-7

Dear Parents,
We had a great week this week! I was so proud of the class for their hard work last Tuesday on the STAAR Writing Test! They took this very seriously and took their time to check and recheck the work they were doing.  On May 8 and May 9, students will take the STAAR Math and the STAAR Reading tests.  The results of these three tests will be revealed early summer when you will receive the results from the state.
Curriculum:
Math- We concluded our unit on measurement: area, perimeter, time, and money. We are now starting the unit about data and graphs.
Reading- This week we will focus on folktales and our new read-aloud, The Tales of Despereaux. Our genre focus is now Fantasy.
 
The Armstrong Readathon underway, and I hope your students are participating by reading 20 minutes each night and getting parent signatures to confirm this reading. Also, hopefully they have received some pledges from relatives or friends to raise money for every class library in the school! This is an important fundraiser for our school.
Writing- The students are writing many different kinds of poetry this month,
National Poetry Month. I'm loving their creativity, and they are having fun sharing their poems with the class!
Science- Students learned about buoyancy and water pressure, and they created a "Cartesian diver" in a water bottle.
Social Studies- Annexation of Texas
 
Important Dates:
Friday, April 7- Walk to School Day
Wednesday, April 12- Class Picture Day
Thursday, April 13- Early Release Day 1:00
Friday, April 14- Student Holiday
Tuesday, April 18- Field Trip (Trinity River Part 2) Davis, Pierce, and Wiley classes (more information to come)

Week of March 27-31

Dear Parents,
It was a busy week with Open House and Grandfriends day! The students were so excited to share their great work with their families and friends! They were beaming as they showed their work from throughout this year in all subjects! I'm very proud of this class for their hard work and accomplishments!
Important dates to remember:
Monday, March 27- "Armstrong Reads" readathon begins
Tuesday, March 28- 4th Grade STAAR Writing Test starts right after announcements. Please make sure students are on time, well-rested, and have had a healthy breakfast so they can do their best work! A snack is being provided by the school, but students will need to bring their own water bottle.
Friday, April 7- Walk to School Day
Wednesday, April 12- Class Picture Day
Thursday, April 13- Early Release Day 1:00
Friday, April 14- Student Holiday
Tuesday, April 18- Field Trip (Trinity River Part 2) Davis, Pierce, and Wiley classes (more information to come)
In class this week:
Reading- We have completed our historical fiction unit and have gone back to review informational text. The students have been reading a book about Mummies and are fascinated!
Math- We will conclude our study of area and perimeter this next week.
Writing- Editing and Revising Boot Camp has been our focus this week in preparation for the STAAR Writing Test on Tuesday.
Science- The students learned about volume and water displacement. At the end of the lab, they wrote their own fable to illustrate water displacement. They were great!
Social Studies- Students presented their Famous Texan research information by making a trading card to show their results. We will now be studying about Texas becoming a state.
 

Week of Feb. 27-March 3

Dear Parents,
We had an exciting week last week in our Armstrong Adventure  Writing Camp! Thanks to the parents who provided our afternoon "surprise" snacks and the tent! The students loved all of these things! We will be continuing to work on these papers next week by looking at different introductions, improving transitions, examining their supporting details, and conclusions. The students will be using a "kid friendly" state rubric to evaluate their own compositions. Beforehand, we will look at some papers that were scored by the state last year on the STAAR Writing Test. This was the same prompt that our students wrote in our STAAR Simulation Test a couple of weeks ago. They will see samples of what the state of Texas considers to be a 1, 2, 3, and 4 composition. Then they will use the state rubric to grade themselves.
Upcoming Events:
Feb. 27- Children's Medical Center donations can be turned in if forgotten last Friday
Feb. 27-March 3- Dr. Seuss Week. Dads, please sign up to read a favorite Dr. Seuss book to the class. (volunteer for a spot on the Armstrong PTA web site)
Feb. 28- Kindergarten Round-Up
March 7- Alice's Garden 2:15
March 8- PAWS Meeting 7:15 a.m.
March 10- Student Holiday (staff professional development)
March 13-17  Spring Break
March 23- Open House 
March 24- Grandfriends Day
                  Report Cards posted 4:00 p.m.
March 28- STAAR Writing Test
Thanks,
Marilyn

Week of February 13-17

Dear Parents,
I was so proud of the class this week when 100% of them presented such excellent Science Fair projects on Thursday! There were so many great ideas displayed in both the individual and group projects...plus the students had fun while learning about the scientific process!
Upcoming Events:
Feb. 14- Valentine's Day party (2:30-3:00). Each student should bring a valentine for each of our 19 students. 
Feb. 15- PAWS meeting (7:15 a.m.)
Feb. 16- 4th Grade Holistic Scoring District Meeting (Mrs. Gill will be subbing for me)
Feb. 17- Spring Service Project kicks off
Feb. 20- Student Holiday
Feb. 21-24 Fourth Grade Writing Camp (information to come). We will need a tent for the classroom for that week (big enough for 4-6) as part of our "camp" theme. Please let me know if you have one we can use!
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Reading- We are into our new read-aloud/classroom book club, Esperanza Rising. The students are enjoying this novel that takes place during the Great Depression. Since each student has his/her own copy of the novel (provided by our PTA), they are able to make annotations, underline, and highlight important information as we are reading together. They are excited that they can mark in their book just like college kids do! 
Math- We have started our unit on Measurement. We will be studying both the Customary and the Metric systems of measurement.
Writing- We will do a simulation of the STAAR Writing test Monday. Students will be writing to an expository prompt, and taking a mini-multiple choice portion of revising and editing. 
Science- weathering and erosion has been the focus this week.
Social Studies- Texas Revolution
 
I hope you will have a wonderful weekend with your family and enjoy the fabulous weather we're having! I sure will be doing the same and rooting for the SMU basketball team in their BIG game against Cincinnati on Sunday! My husband and I will be at that sell-out game cheering them on!
Marilyn
 
 
 
 
 

Week of February 6-10

Dear Parents,
It has been a very busy week in class! Our Penny Book Project concluded on Friday, Feb. 3. All the students finished and will be sharing their Penny Books in the next week. I can't wait to hear about all their lives and what they discovered was happening in the world each year!
Upcoming events:
Feb. 6- 4th Grade HP Arts program (during Specials)
Feb. 6-10- Valenkinds for sale during lunch times
Feb. 7- Alice's Garden is back! (Every other week)
Feb. 9- Science Fair Projects- Deliver to small gym before 7:50 a.m.
             Science Fair Projects on display    (6:00-7:00 p.m.)  
Feb. 14- Valentine's Day party (2:30-3:00) 
Feb. 15- PAWS meeting (7:15 a.m.)
Feb. 20- Student Holiday
Feb. 21-24 Fourth Grade Writing Camp (information to come)
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Curriculum:
Math- We will conclude our study of Geometry this week and move on to Measurement.
Reading- We concluded our read-aloud Number the Stars. What a wonderful Historical Fiction novel that was! The students absolutely loved  hearing and discussing this book every day! They would always beg for more! We will now move on to Esperanza Rising, another excellent Historical Fiction book set during the Great Depression. For this book, each student will have their own copy for our Class Book Club. 
Writing- Our focus will be on writing literary essays focused on the Historical Fiction book each student is reading.
Science- The students studied about erosion in Science Lab.
Social Studies- We are finishing our study of the colonization of Texas and will move on to the Texas Revolution.
 

Week of January 23-27

Dear Parents,
We have been working hard and having another great week of learning! Here is what's happening in class.
Math- We have been working on fractions for the past two weeks. We will wrap up that unit of study and start our next unit on Geometry. We will  begin with studying lines and types of angles.
Reading- The students have enjoyed our new genre of Historical Fiction literature! Our read-aloud book is Number the Stars, and the class is loving it! Ask your student about it. It is a great read about an important time in history. In addition to that, the students have been working in book clubs on an historical fiction novel. They are digging deep into their novels and having good discussions each day.
Writing- Students will be focusing on writing literary essays in response to the books they are reading. Also, we have been working on the Penny Book project (world events portion). The Penny Book project is due on Feb. 3, so please make sure your student is just about finished with his/her personal events portion for each year since birth. Remember that the book must be bound in some manner.
Social Studies- We will be studying about the colonization of Texas next week.
Reading Homework- Please remember that all students are expected to read for a minimum of 30 minutes each night, and log their reading on their reading log (in their binder). They should log their minutes of reading PIE and, also, their historical fiction novel from the library. That means they have two entries per night until PIE is completed.They should make note of the page number started and stopped, plus the number of minutes read. I would like parents to initial each night to verify that this reading did take place. Please remember that this is part of their report card grade that says "Reads independently for sustained periods of time and produces evidence."
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Important Dates:
Jan. 25- Science Fair entry form due
Jan. 27- Early Release day (1:00)
Jan. 30-Feb. 3- Kindness Week
Feb. 3- Penny Book Project due
Feb. 14- Valentine's Day party 
Feb. 20- Student Holiday
Feb. 21-24 Fourth Grade Writing Camp (information to come)
 

Week of January 9-13, 2017

Dear Parents,
Welcome back for the beginning of our 3rd 9-weeks term! Boy the year is flying by! We have many exciting things happening over the next few weeks:
Mon., Jan. 9- Armstrong's "One School, One Book" kicks off
Mon., Jan. 16- Student and Teacher Holiday
Wed., Jan. 18- PAWS Meeting 7:15 a.m.
Thurs., Jan. 19- Armstrong Spelling Bee (3rd and 4th grade class winners)
                           Finals 3:30 p.m. in Auditorium
Fri., Feb. 3- Penny Book Project due
Thurs., Feb. 9- Science Fair 6 p.m. 
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Curriculum:
Math- We started our Fractions unit this week. Students explored equivalent fractions and practiced simplifying fractions to lowest terms. We will continue now with comparing fractions, adding and subtracting fractions (with like denominators), and working with improper fractions and mixed numbers.
Reading- We are finishing our  nonfiction unit of study. The students have completed their "extreme weather" research and presentations. It has been very interesting to hear all that was learned about Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Blizzards, and Tsunamis! Our focus will now be on the genre of Historical Fiction. Students will be reading and logging their historical fiction novels each night for their homework of 30 minutes of reading (Mon.-Thurs.) Please help your student to remember to log their minutes each day. It's very important that they do this!
Writing- The students worked on an expository composition about a place they enjoy spending time. We also worked on their Penny Book Project. Please remember students should be working on their l personal events at home. We will continue working on the world event entries at school.
Social Studies- Our study of the European Explorers in Texas has concluded. Students will present their projects this week. They had their choice of several options: a map of their explorer's travels; a postcard with a message home; a diary with at least five entries; a pop-up poster; a cartoon strip of the travels. We will now begin the study of Texas Missions.
Science- Soil types and permeability were studied in Science Lab. Also, our Armstrong Science Fair kicked off Friday. This year for 4th graders, the science fair is mandatory. For 3rd graders it is still optional. The information about the Science Fair was sent home in the yellow Friday folder. Please make sure you keep this information in a safe spot at home. This project is completed at home, so all the guidelines should be kept there, too.
 
 

Week of Dec. 12-16

Dear Parents,

Between "Inclusive Schools Week", starting our research projects, wrapping up our division unit, and diving into another expository essay, this week has been full of exciting learning! Please remember that our Holiday Party is Friday from 11:15-11:45. *Please send a wrapped book (gender neutral) with your student for our book exchange.* I'd like students to bring this on Thursday to be sure that all students in the class have a book to share at our party on Friday.

Dates to Remember:

Wed., Dec. 14th, 7:15am PAWS Meeting

Fri., Dec. 16th, 11:15-11:45 Class party

                        11:45-12:10 Clean up/Pack up

                         12:10- 12:25 Recess

                          12:30-1:00 Lunch

                          1:00 Dismissal for Holiday Break

                          4:00 Report Cards available on Skyward

Tues., Jan. 3, 2017 Classes Resume

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Math- We have concluded our study of division. Students still need to continue practicing their Multiplication and Division facts, however.

Our next topic of study is about Number Patterns and Equations.

Writing- We have written our next expository piece of writing about the student's favorite time of the year. We will be working on how to make improvements to our first draft.

Reading- As I stated last week in my post, some students may need to catch up on their reading homework requirement. Their nightly logging of minutes lets me calculate the report card grade for "reading independently with proof." The 4th grade expectation for independent reading over 9 weeks boils down to this:

960 minutes- 3

640 minutes- 2  

320 minutes- 1

Please continue to expect that your student is reading every night for at least 30 minutes (for the entire year), as this is a part of their report card expectations.

Science- The students studied about the phases of the moon last week. After Science Lab each week, the students are to respond to Mrs. Webb's Science Google Classroom assignment. This is completed in class.

Social Studies- We are working on  our study of European explorers of Texas. Students are researching their explorer and will choose one of four options for a project when they have completed their research.

Penny Book Project- We have kicked off our major project that is due on February 3. This will be worked on at home (personal events) and at school (world events). The students will have a great time seeing what was going on in the world during the years they have been growing up!

Thank you,

Marilyn

Week of December 5-9

Dear Parents,

Here are some important dates for the next two weeks:

Week of Dec 5th, PAWS Sock Tree- Please consider donating new socks and tights!

Tues, Dec 6th, 11:00am Principal’s Brown Bag Lunch for Parents on "Online Safety"

Thurs, Dec 8th, 9:20am 4th Grade Geography Bee Finals- Amy, Catherine, Sydney will be representing our class!

Wed, Dec 14th, 7:15am PAWS Meeting

Fri, Dec 16th, 11:15-11:45 Class party; 1:00pm Student Early Dismissal. Room moms will be contacting you shortly about the details!

Class Curriculum:

Math- We will be concluding our study of division this week. Students still need to be practicing their Multiplication facts, since multiplication is the inverse operation of division. The students who are fluent with their multiplication facts are having an easy time switching over to our study of Division!

Writing- We have written our next expository piece of writing about the student's favorite time of the year. We will be working on how to make improvements to our first draft.

Reading- We have one more week in the second 9-weeks term! As I have been looking over the students' nightly reading logs that tell me about their daily homework of 30 minutes of independent reading, I am alarmed at seeing students who are not doing their logging nightly!  Logging of minutes  gives me their report card grade for "reading independently with proof." The expectation for independent reading over 9 weeks boils down to this:

960 minutes- 3

640 minutes- 2

320 minutes- 1

Please continue to expect that your student is reading every night for 30 minutes (for the entire year), as this is a part of their report card expectations.

Social Studies- We have started our study of European explorers of Texas.

Penny Book Project- We have kicked off our major project that is due on February 3. This will be worked on at home (personal events) and at school (world events). The students will have a great time seeing what was going on in the world during the years they have been growing up!

Thank you,

Marilyn

Weeks of Nov. 21- Dec. 3

Dear Parents,
I can't believe the year is passing by so quickly! The holiday season is upon us!
Last week, the fourth grade students were able to watch the 1st grade rehearsal for their performance celebrating the First Thanksgiving! Our students vividly remember participating in this annual program when they were in 1st grade, so some could even recite some of the lines being spoken...but best of all, everyone (teachers included) remembered the "Turkey Tango" with enthusiastic audience participation at the end of the program! This was a great way for us to remember all things for which we should be thankful.
 
Here are some important dates to remember:
 
Nov. 23-25-  Thanksgiving Break

Thurs, Dec 1st    9:20 am 4th Grade Geography Bee preliminary round

                                         (Written test in room 212)

Week of Dec 5th   Inclusive Schools Week

Week of Dec 5th  PAWS Sock Tree

Tues, Dec 6th 11:00am Principal’s Brown Bag Lunch, discussing Online Safety with Chad Pinson

Thu, Dec 8th, 9:20 am 4th Grade Geography Bee final round in

                                     Auditorium (oral competition) led by Dr. Moran

Fri, Dec 9th, Teacher of the Day

Dec. 14- PAWS Meeting 7:15 a.m.

Dec. 16- Class Party (11:45-12:15) Parents welcome!

                1:00 Early Dismissal... Happy Holidays!

                Report Cards posted.

Jan. 3- Welcome back! 2nd semester begins!

 
Curriculum updates-
Math- We are studying the concept of division. 
Writing- Expository writing is our emphasis. The students will be writing a paper this week about something for which they are thankful.
Reading- Different kinds of nonfiction books will be our focus.
Social Studies- We finished our study of Native Americans of Texas and will now move on to study the European explorers who came to Texas.
Science- The students concluded their investigation of owl pellets and reconstructed the skeletons of those animals eaten by their owl.