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MARCH 27          ARMSTRONG READS READATHON

MARCH 28          4TH GRADE STAAR WRITING

APRIL 7              WALK TO SCHOOL

APRIL 17            PRINCIPALS BOOK TALK 6:00 PM 

APRIL 21              ARMSTRONG CARNIVAL

 

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Week 27

Good Afternoon Parents!
Your students worked really hard this week on putting finishing touches on their writing from Writing Camp. I know they can't wait to share with you at Open House, when we return from Spring Break. In reading, students finished our Historical Fiction unit. They have written a reader's response over our read aloud, Esperanza Rising. In math they have finished the unit on measurement. We will begin discussing perimeter and area when we return. I hope each of you and your familes has a fun and relaxing Spring Break! Enjoy!!!
~Mrs. Pierce

Week 25

Writing Camp

Dear Parents,

What an amazing week we have had here at Armstrong’s Adventures Writing Camp!

Your students have grown so much as writers this week. I hope that each night when you read their new story that you just got excited about wondering what new techniques that they used for that day’s writing. I can see the growth from the students and it truly warms my heart they that are taking the strategies and applying them to their writing and trying new ideas. We will continue to work on the three pieces of writing and take them to a polished piece. Once they have finished, I will send them home so that you all can read them. Thanks again for all the help with the snacks and making this a truly great week for our students. Have a wonderful weekend!

~Mrs. Pierce

Week 23

Hi Parents!

Thank you so much last week for the wonderful birthday celebration! I loved celebrating with your kiddos! They are truly an amazing group of students! Thank you for getting in all the Penny Projects in. They students truly did a wonderful job of all their events. I hope it was a learning experience for both of you! Today we began to share with the class and next week, we will do a gallery walk and they will give feedback to each other on their projects.

Math: Students took a Geometry test this week and did quite well. I know that some really struggled with trying to find exact angles. We started our Measurement unit this week, so hopefully they will be ready to help you out in the kitchen with their skills of knowing units of measurement. We will continue this next week.

Reading: This week, we have continued diving deeper into our historical fiction unit. Most of your students finished their second book club book. They have had some really great conversations about their books. They have really thought about themes and events that really prove their theme for their book. We started a class read aloud of Esperanza Rising. This is one of my favorite books to read aloud. Your students each have their own copy to follow along with, thanks to PTA. They are really enjoying it so far and have started to make connections with it and see similarities in our last book Number the Stars.

Writing: This week as we focused on our Literary Essay unit, the students took their characters and turned their essays more towards theme. They used their first book club read to do this with. We will finish up literary essay next week and moved back into Expository.

Science: In Science lab students worked with stream tables to show erosion. They really enjoyed learning about weathering, erosion, and deposition.

Social Studies: We finished up Missions this week and will start Colonization next week.

Thanks! Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Pierce

Week 21

Hi Parents!
This week has wonderful and filled with lots of new information. We have finished up our Pie book and had the treat of having the epilogue read to the class by the author, Sarah Weeks. She kindly recorded the end of the book to share with Armstrong students. Please remember that their will be a final celebration Monday after school. If you entered the pie contest, the pies should be taken to the gym on Monday morning at 7:45.
 
Upcoming Events:

Mon, Jan 30th, Pie Contest, participants drop off their pies in the gym before school, join us for a pie social on the lawn after school

Wed, Feb 1st, School Counselor Day

Wed, Feb 1st, 6:30pm PEC Program with Dr. Leonard Sax on Fostering Resilience, at HPUMC

Mon, Jan 30th-Feb 3rd, Kindness Week

This week in...

Math: We finished up our fractions unit and have started geometry. The class has been identifying different types of lines as well as learning all about angles. We will continue our inquiry on angles next week.

Reading: This week, we have continued diving deeper into our historical fiction unit. Most of the book clubs have finished their first book and they will be choosing what book they want to begin reading next week. While reading Number the Stars as a class, they have been identifying theme and understanding the importance that small objects can have while reading. 

Writing: This week as we focus on our literary essay unit, the class has been discovering how to incorporate meaningful quotes, micro-stories, and lists into their writing. Yesterday, the class took some time to dive into a literary essay and notice how to better use the strategies that we are learning in the classroom. We will be continuing to work on these skills next week.

Science: The class continued to explore rocks and minerals this week.

Social Studies: We have been learning about missions, their purpose, and what life in the missions looked like.

*Please remember that Penny Book projects are due next Friday, February 3rd.

 

Thanks,

Mrs. Pierce

Week 20

Hi Parents!

We've had another great week of learning.  Please remember to look through your child's communication folder and clear all the graded papers out.

Math: Students have really worked hard on fractions for the past two weeks, we will review and test over them next week. We will begin our unit of Geometry next week, focusing on different types of angles and lines.

Writing: Students began writing literary essays this week. This is a more difficult type of writing, but I want to expose students to this type of writing. They began by reading a book with a strong character, then they are telling what they think about the character by using examples and mini stories from their books.

Reading: Students are really loving their book club books. I have seen really great conversation and deep thinking happening between your students. They are really enjoying this unit of study. We are reading Number the Stars as our read aloud. We will continue to study historical fiction.

Science: Students learned about the use of minerals.

Social Studies: Students will learn about Missions next week, due to a short week, we made our focus on Penny books.

Penny Project: This project is due February 3rd. Thanks to the Herrings, I was able to show your students some finished products of what a Penny Book should look like. Please know that your student can bind it however they wish, I spoke to them in great detail about their pictures and how it should look. Please let me know if you have questions. Your students are working hard here at school, I hope they continue working hard at home to finish up. Each of them has shared their project with me on Google, so I am able to see their progress!

Have a great weekend!

~Mrs. Pierce

Week 19

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. Pierce.  By now, you child should have 7 world events completed with the time given in class.  
*Science Fair plan sheet is due next Wednesday, January 25th. Keep in mind that the science fair is mandatory for 4th graders.  
 
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. 
 
Hope you and your students enjoyed your time off today!

Week 16

Hi Parents!

We've had another great week of learning.  Thanks to the Herring family for supporting our school and winning the Teacher of the Day auction. Miss Herring was an excellent teacher and the students had so much fun with her teaching today! Please remember to look through your child's communication folder and clear all the graded papers out.

Math: We have finished our division unit. We will continue to work on long division, as I know this is a hard concept for 4th graders. We began working with equality and input/output tables. We will continue this next week as well.

Writing: Students have been working on 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 will work on world events next week in class, 2 of them. 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)

  1. Please send a wrapped book- please see the email from today from our room parents!

Have a wonderful weekend!

~Mrs. Pierce

Week 15

 

Hi Parents!

Hope you all had a wonderful break! Your students had a full week here at school! They came back refreshed and ready! I hope you all received my email about Spelling Bee, let me know if you have questions!

In math this week we continued with dividing 3 and 4 digits by 1 digit. Students really seem to be catching on and understanding the process of long division. Please continue to work on math facts at home.

In writing this week, students turned their essays into persuasive essays. They truly are starting to understand the writing process. Today they began to publish their essay into Google docs.

In reading we are still reading nonfiction. Students are really becoming experts at what text structure they are reading. We also work on summarizing nonfiction this week as well. Next week we will begin our nonfiction research unit. 

In science, students learned about the process of the water cycle. We have finished Native Americans and are moving onto Explorers in Social Studies.

Have a great weekend!

~Mrs Pierce

 
 

Week 14

Happy Thanksgiving!!!! Wishing each of you and your families a wonderful holiday break!
 

Here are a few important dates we have coming up in the last three weeks of school!

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

Week of Dec 5th Inclusive Schools Week

Week of Dec 5th PAWS Sock Tree

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

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

Wednesday, December 14th: 7:15am PAWS Meeting in cafeteria

Friday, December 16th: 11:15-11:45 Holiday party in Mrs. Pierce’s room (more details to come)

In the last two weeks we have wrapped up a lot of learning! Multiplication, our first expository essay, and our Native American projects. When we return after Thanksgiving, we will continue with division in math, start a new expository essay in writing, and begin studying explorers in Texas for social studies. We will have a busy three weeks before winter break!! I’m looking forward to a fun December!

~Mrs. Pierce

Week 12


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. I sent bags with the students today explaining the canned food drive for next week. I know that Mrs. Herring also sent an email earlier this week.

Math: This week we wrapped up 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication. Your students are progressing very well. Multiplication will be revisited many times throughout the year. Students did an amazing job of showing me and their classmates what they already know about division by using an authentic division problem.  Please be sure your child continues to practice their math facts each night, multiplication and division. 

Writing: Students have worked on writing their essays and fine tuning them. Students also looked at exemplar essays and wrote writing goals for themselves. I really love the way of how they are tackling their writing and being responsible for it. We will soon take our essays and turn those into opinions. 

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. Students began to notice the different structures within their nonfiction books and began taking notes on them as well.

Social Studies: Students will finish their Native American projects next week and present them to the class.

Science: Students dissected owl pellets to see what the owl had for dinner this week in the science lab. They will create a skeleton of the different animals that the owl ate, using bones found in the pellets.  

Have a great weekend!

~Mrs. Pierce

Week 11

Hi Parents!

Hope you all had a great week! We have headed into November, the start of the busy time of the year!

Writing: Students are really progressing with their expository essays! Many students have begun to draft their first expository essay. They are taking all the reasons and supporting details and putting them into paragraphs. Next week students will come up with strong leads and conclusions!

Math: Please continue to have your student work on their multiplication facts, next week we will begin division facts as well. Please know that we will begin long division soon. Please continue to have your students practice 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication.

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. We began discussing nonfiction this week in reading! Our read aloud will be over Weather. We will dive into nonfiction full force next week.

Science:  Students really enjoyed their time at the Wetlands Center this week. They were able to study invertebrates, birds, and learned more about the wetland ecology.

Social Studies: Students were able to cast their own vote for a mock Presidential election this week. We have continued working on the Native American project. Starting next week, students should be finished with the expository part of their project and bring their supplies with them to build their diorama. They will need a shoebox and thier supplies.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

~Mrs. Pierce

Week 10

Hi Parents!

Hope you all had a great week! Today you will be able to access your students grades. I will link the district video to explain report cards. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0NOHvcgW7o&feature=youtu.be

Writing: Students really enjoyed doing their Show not Tell today with their last fun fall treat! Thank you Mrs. Zelley for providing the treats today! We have been working really hard on our first expository piece of writing! Students have come up with strong thesis statements and they have continued to work on the supporting details for each of their reasons. This week we discussed how to add transition words to smoothly go from one idea to the next.

Math: Students are really coming along with their 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication! I have noticed that some students are struggling because they are still having difficulty with their multiplication facts, please continue to have your child practice them. I have sites on my webpage that they can access. Many students have decided that traditional is the way for them and some are really understanding lattice method. Whatever method helps your student to understand multiplication is great with me, I want them to become comfortable with it. We will continue 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication and then move into division. I also have division sites listed where they can practice their division facts as well

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. We have finished our first unit in Reading. Students took a post test and celebrated what they have learned so far as readers. Next week we will begin our unit over non-fiction.

Science:  Students studied about invertebrates this week in Science Lab.

Social Studies: Students have been compiling information and researching their Native American group for their project. Students are able to log on to Google classroom and have access to everything that they need for the project.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

~Mrs. Pierce

Week 9

Hi Parents!

Hope you all had a great week! We had a wonderful week of learning!! We really enjoyed going to the museum and the symphony this week!

Writing: Students so enjoyed doing their Show not Tell today with a fun fall treat! Thank you Mrs. Young! Although I was not here last Friday, students loved last week’s treat, thanks to Mrs. Herring!  Students have been working on using Boxes and Bullets to write their expository essay. They are really doing a great job! They have mined their prior work to really help them find ideas for this new piece.

Math: We learned new methods of multiplication this week. Students are able to choose the method that best supports them as a learner. We dove into Multiplication by doing 2 digit by 1 digit, next week we will continue with 2 digit by 2 digit. Ask your student which method they like!

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 in Reading, students learned how to build an interpretation of their books by using their sticky notes and connections that they have made in their books. We will continue to look at our interpretations so that we can find the big life lesson/theme of the book!

Science:  Students studied earthworms and how they help to fetilize the soil!

Social Studies: Students have been compiling information and researching their Native American group for their project. Students are able to log on to Google classroom and have access to everything that they need for the project.

Have a great weekend!

 

~Mrs. Pierce

Week 7

Hi Parents!

Hope you all are looking forward to a long weekend!

Writing: Students so enjoyed doing their Show not Tell today with a fun fall treat! Thank you Mrs. Baird! Students began working on Boxes and Bullets this week to get them ready to write a different piece of writing. We introduced Expository writing. Next week we will have a visitor in our class from Teachers College helping our students to become more proficient writers!

Math: We are using real world situations to learn how to add and subtract decimals.  Students should continue practicing multiplication facts as we are diving into multiplication and division.  We began our multiplication unit this week. We introduced the unit with a real world problem, which students really enjoyed solving! 

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 in Reading, students learned about having debates within their books Students debated with one another over a story that both students read. They each took a position. Students also thought about debates they could have within their own reading.

Science: This week in science students learned more about animal adaptations. Students used different tools for to best determine which type of bird beak could pick up certain foods   

Social Studies: Students finished their Texas Regions project and finished sharing this week. They took a quick assessment over the regions and we began with a power point over Native Americans.

Have a great weekend and enjoy Monday off with your sweet students!

~Mrs. Pierce

Week 6

Hi Parents!

Just a few tidbits about our week!

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 their second piece of writing and will turn this in next week. We  have started using mentor sentences which will help us become better writers! 

Math: We are using real world situations to learn how to add and subtract decimals.  Students should continue practicing multiplication facts as we are diving into multiplication and division.  We will begin our multiplication unit next week and move ahead as we learn different ways to work out math problems. 

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. We also grew as readers by creating deep predictions about our book while keeping in mind our characters’ personalities and growing ideas about them. 

Science: This week in science we learned about how animals use their traits to survive.  They looked at skulls to find clues about the animals adaptations.   

Social Studies: Students finished their Texas Regions project and we've started sharing them. Each students created a Google slide presentation, they all did a great job! We will begin our Native American unit next week. 

~Mrs. Pierce