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Week 36

I cannot believe that we only have one week until we get out for summer! This week was wonderful and I know next week will be fabulous as well.
 
Announcements: Our class will be doing the announcements this week. Each student is aware of which day they will be going down to the office.
 
Wednesday, May 24th: 4th Grade Recognition Program at 8:30 in the auditorium. After the program, students and parents will come up to our room to hear our Ode to Armstrong poems. There will be a reception in the cafe starting at 10am. Students will go to specials at 10:20. 
 
Friday, May 26th: Field Day, Early Release, and Last Day of School! 
Lunch: 11:15-11:45-Weather permitting, we will eat outside where we dismiss. Please remember that the cafeteria is closed today, so if you did not send in an order form for Chick-Fil-A please have your child bring a sack lunch. 
Field Day: 11:55-12:55 
Early Release: 1:00pm 
We will have a lot going on during our last day of school!! I am asking that students do not bring backpacks since we will not be coming back into the building after field day. 

Week 35

Upcoming Events:

Week of May 15th, Career Week

Wed, May 17th, 7:15am PAWS Meeting

 

Wed, May 24th, 8:30am 4th Grade Recognition program

Fri, May 26th, Field Day

This Week In...

Math: After completing our STAAR test, we have jumped right into BizWorld. The class has been divided up into four different companies that will be producing bracelets to sell to the 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, 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: The class has been continuing their work on their poems this week and have started their Ode to Armstrong. It has been wonderful to see Armstrong through their eyes and I hope you enjoy these odes when they are presented on the last week of school.

Reading: The class has been using their own books to explore the journey of characters. 

Science: We continued learning about light energy in addition to exploring magnetism. 

Social Studies: The class has been continuing to study about the Civil War and its impact on Texas.

 

Week 33

Upcoming Events:

Week of May 1st, Teacher Appreciation Week

Mon, May 1st, 8:30am Kindergarten musical performance for families

Tue, May 2nd, Alice’s Garden Week A Schedule

Tue, May 2nd, 9:30am 4th grade visit to MIS (3rd and 4th grade switch specials time for the day)

Tue, May 2nd, 4:00pm Talent show dress rehearsal

Thu, May 4th, 6:00pm Talent Show in auditorium (3rd and 4th grade)

 

This Week In...

Math: The grade has been on an Amazing Race this week in math! Each student has been placed on a team and each day they have been focusing on a different math topic, completing questions and puzzles, before going to their final destination for the day! We will finish this fun activity up next week and will be focusing on areas of improvement after that.

Writing: With April being National Poetry Month, we have continued writing poetry this week. The class composed 'I Am' poems about a book character of their choosing. They have also learned about the importance of form and how to recognize patterns within poetry.

Reading: We have been finishing up our folktale unit and been taking time to learn and understand what it really means to read closely. After our fun activity, each student was able to better see what close reading looks like and see its benefit.

Social Studies: The class has studied about annexation and are beginning to move towards the Civil War.

Science: Continuing their light study, the class performed experiments to determine how light reflects off of mirrors. 

Week 31

Upcoming Events and Announcements:
Tuesday, April 18th: Spring Field Trip. If you would like to volunteer, please send me an email by Friday. I'm looking for two parents.  You will have to drive to Ft. Worth to meet us at the Trinity River. Please make sure to return the permission slip if you have not done so already.
 
Friday, April 21st at 3:30: Armstrong Carnival. Please email me if you want your child to directly go to the carnival that day. 
 
Tuesday, May 2nd: We will visit MIS. More information to come. 
 
Monday, May 8th: STAAR Math test
 
Tuesday, May 9th: STAAR Reading test 
 
Wednesday, May 24th at 8:30: 4th grade recognition program. Please check your emails for the information I just sent out about the program.
 
- Please sign up for Career Week on the PTA website. 
 
This Week In...
Math: We have started our financial literacy unit. We will be continuing to study this unit next week. On Friday, we will have a special visit from a speaker that will give the grade a better understanding of some of the applications of these concepts.
 
Writing: The poetry unit has been a wonderful way for the class to push their thinking and creativity. This week, the class composed a poem about a fairy tale of their choice. It has been fun to watch them stretch themselves in this unit.
 
Reading: We are continuing to work on the ability to close read passages. We will continue this work next week. Along with the reading of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, we have also been studying the different genres within folktales. We will continue studying these subsets next week.
 
Science: The class learned about light energy this week during lab and discovered how to direct light.
 
Social Studies: Each student created a trivia question and played a game pertaining to Texas as a country leading up to annexation.
 

Week 30

Upcoming Events:

Monday, April 10th Armstrong Reads logs and donations due

Wednesday, April 12th, Class Picture day

Thursday, April 13th, Armstrong Reads ice cream reward during lunchtime

Thursday, April 13th, 1:00pm Early Release for students.

Friday, April 14th, Student Holiday

This Week In...

Math: The class learned about various types of graphing methods (frequency table, dot plot, stem-and-leaf plot) after collecting their own individual data. Some of their topics they chose to survey were quite creative!

Writing: We began writing some poetry this week after exploring different styles of poetry. The class also learned how much inference comes out of poetry and started integrating those powerful inferences into their own poetry writing.

Reading: The introduction of our folktale unit has been full of joy and learning. We have covered fairy tales and folktales, and will be continuing to learn about more subsets within folktales next week. It is great to make connections between classic stories and those we read on a daily basis. 

Science: This week in lab, we tested the buoyancy of boats and how to make the most effective boat that can hold the most weight.

Social Studies: We have been focusing on the Texas Revolution and will be moving onto statehood and annexation. 

Week 29

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, April 4th, School Librarians Day

Wednesday, April 5th, 7:00pm Armstrong Construction Meeting for Neighbors

Friday, April 7th, Walk to School Day

This Week In...

Math: We continued working on perimeter and area, but also focused on measuring time and coming up with proper amounts of change. This unit was concluded today with a test, which you should be seeing in the yellow communication folders today. One tip that would benefit each student is to have them try to compute what change should be given back at stores and restaurants.

Writing: After the STAAR Test on Tuesday, we began our Poetry Unit. The class is already very excited about using different poetry techniques to create their own pieces. We will be diving deeper into this unit next week.

Reading: The class had a great time learning all about mummies through an expository text this week. Each student was assigned a section in the book to take notes on and present their information to a group of students who had not read that section. This required them to identify their text structure and the most effective way to organize their notes.

Science: This week in science was focused on buoyancy. Using a Cartesian diver, they learned how water pressure can change buoyancy. You should have seen their experiment come home with them on Tuesday. 

Social Studies: We continued exploring the Texas Revolution this week and will move on to the Republic of Texas next week!

Week 28

Wow, what a week! With Open House and Grandfriend's Day, this week was packed with exciting events. Thank you for coming to open house and for inviting the special Grandfriends today.
 
The class had been preparing for the Writing STAAR test that will take place this Tuesday, March 28th. Please help your student do their best by making sure that they are rested this weekend and ready to come to school motivated!
 
Upcoming Events:

Monday, March 27th, Armstrong Reads readathon begins

Tuesday, March 28th, 4th Grade STAAR Writing.

This week in...

Math: This week, we have been focused on area and perimeter. Although the concept of area and perimeter is not new, this is a topic that can become confusing. The class practiced their use of area and perimeter by writing their names on grid paper and then finding the area and perimeter of each letter. We will continue this unit into next week and wrap next week up with an assessment.

Science: In science, the class learned about water displacement and at the end of the lesson wrote a creative fable including the concept of water displacement.

Writing: As we lead up to the STAAR test, we have been focusing on revising and editing in our writing and recognizing correct grammar usage in passages. I am so proud of the progress the class had made and is continuing to make in their writing. My goal is for each of them to recognize the power of their writing and develop the ability to write effectively. Please check out the Padlet created by the class today: https://padlet.com/wileyg/powerfulwriting

Reading: After completing our historical fiction unit, we have used this week as an opportunity to go back over informational text. The class has enjoyed reading a non-fiction text about mummies. While reading the text, they are taking notes using appropriate formats and using those notes to share their learning with other students.

Social Studies: There has been important learning taking place this week in regards to Texas' independence and creation as a country. The most frequent question I have been receiving is, "how did Texas become a state?". I cannot wait to explore this with the class in our next unit - Annexation.

Thank you so much to the dads who came and read to the class this week! 
 
Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, March 8th, 7:15am: PAWS Meeting

Friday, March 10th Student Holiday

Spring Break, March 13th-March 17th

Thursday, March 23rd 5:00-6:30pm: Open House

Friday, March 24th, 9:00-10:30am: Grandfriends Day

This Week In...

Math: The class continued with our unit of measurement, but focused on the metric system this week! They have also been working with converting units of measurement. 

Writing: Following Writing Camp, we have continued to refine the pieces in our essays this week. The revising process has been continued this week through additional focus on introductions, reasons, transitions, and conclusions. Collaboration with peers has allowed each student to receive even more feedback and expand their ideas further.

Reading: This week, we have wrapped up our reading of Esperanza Rising. Thank you for all your help with acquiring artifacts that represent your student's culture! Today's celebration of our historical fiction unit was so insightful and provided a wonderful end to such a fun unit. 

Science: The class investigated various states of matter and their properties by completing a number of experiments.

Social Studies: On the week of Texas Independence Day, the class continued their learning of the colonization of Texas.

Thank you so much to the dads who came and read to the class this week! 
 
Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, March 8th, 7:15am: PAWS Meeting

Friday, March 10th Student Holiday

Spring Break, March 13th-March 17th

Thursday, March 23rd 5:00-6:30pm: Open House

Friday, March 24th, 9:00-10:30am: Grandfriends Day

This Week In...

Math: The class continued with our unit of measurement, but focused on the metric system this week! They have also been working with converting units of measurement. 

Writing: Following Writing Camp, we have continued to refine the pieces in our essays this week. The revising process has been continued this week through additional focus on introductions, reasons, transitions, and conclusions. Collaboration with peers has allowed each student to receive even more feedback and expand their ideas further.

Reading: This week, we have wrapped up our reading of Esperanza Rising. Thank you for all your help with acquiring artifacts that represent your student's culture! Today's celebration of our historical fiction unit was so insightful and provided a wonderful end to such a fun unit. 

Science: The class investigated various states of matter and their properties by completing a number of experiments.

Social Studies: On the week of Texas Independence Day, the class continued their learning of the colonization of Texas.

Week 25

Monday, February 27: If your child forgot to bring their change jar today for Children’s Hospital please bring it on Monday. There will be a collection bin in the office to deposit the money.

Dr. Seuss Week: If you signed up to read to our class please see the volunteer website to check for the day and time you are coming. Please bring ONE of your favorite Dr. Seuss books to share with our class.

Tuesday, February 28 9:00am: New Student Roundup

This past week, we had a wonderful time during Writing Camp. This week, each student grew and developed so many of their writing skills. One of my favorite parts of the week was hearing from multiple students that this week convinced them that writing is enjoyable! We will continue to work on the pieces from last week, placing a special emphasis on introductions, conclusions, revising, editing, and transitions. 

I want to say a big THANK YOU to all the parents who helped make this week so special for our class - you are much appreciated!

Week 24

Thank you so much to all the parents who helped out with the Valentine's Day party this week! The class had a blast and it was a fun-filled celebration. Please see the end of this email for important information about next week's Writing Camp.
 
Upcoming Events:
Monday, February 20th: Staff Development - No school for students.

Week of February 21st Armstrong Change for Children’s service project

Week of February 21st: 4th Grade Writing Camp 

Friday, February 24th: Change for Children’s service project, collection boxes due

This Week In...

Math: This week, we have been learning about measurement and the different ways items can be measured. After learning about units of length, capacity, and weight, we have been discovering how to convert those units of measurement between one another. 

Writing: In addition to wrapping up our Literary Essays, we have been working on revision and editing skills. On Monday, the class participated in a day of writing based on the STAAR test from last year. As a class, we are now analyzing those papers to come up with 'glows' and 'grows'. With Writing Camp next week, we will be taking a deep dive as writers and challenging each student. As stated in the handout, the only homework we will be having next week is writing. They will be asked to complete their drafts each night. 

Reading: We have been continuing our class book club on Esperanza Rising and noticing themes and perspectives shaped by the book's time period. We have also been taking into account the minor characters and looking deeper into the impact that they can have on the plot. 

Science: This week in science, the class was able to see how weather is measured and predicted. 

Social Studies: We have begun to study about the colonization of Texas and the importance of this era in the forming of Texas as we know it today.

 

Writing Camp Reminders:

Tuesday: "Warm-Up with Writing"

- Wear a warm-up suit or your favorite comfy clothes

Wednesday: "Team Up for Writing"

- Wear your favorite team shirt or jersey

Thursday: "Thinking Cap Thursday"

- Wear a hat or headband of your choice

Friday: "Armstrong Adventure Camp"

- Wear your camping gear

Week 23

Here are some upcoming events for next week:
 

Tue, Feb 14, Valentines Class Parties - Please refer to the email I sent out yesterday for more information on the party.

Wed, Feb 15, 7:15am PAWS Meeting

Fri, Feb 17, change collection boxes distributed for spring service project

This week in...

Math: We finished up our geometry unit after covering symmetry on Monday. After observing that some countries have flags that are symmetrical, the class was able to create their own flags that contained lines of symmetry. We will be moving onto our measurement unit next week!

Writing: We have continued with our literary essay unit this week. The class is almost finished up with their final draft. We have been working on seamlessly integrating the meaningful quotes and micro-stories into our essays.

Reading: After completing Number the Stars, we have started reading Esperanza Rising as a class. Having a whole class book club is proving to be very beneficial with meaningful conversations occurring. Our historical fiction unit has been a great way to dive into history while studying characters and theme.

Science: The class learned about weathering and erosion in the science lab on Wednesday. We also went back to the garden this week for the first time since last semester - how fun! 

Social Studies: The class is learning more about missions and their impact on settlement in the Americas.

Week 21

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

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.

Week 20

Here are some events coming up this next week:
 

Wednesday, January 25: Science Fair applications due, 3rd and 4th graders

Friday, January 27: Student Early Release at 1:00 pm. Dismissal will occur at the normal location.

This week in...

Math: Students have continued to explore fractions, learning how to add, subtract, and plot their locations on a number line. We will be finishing our unit on fractions at the beginning of next week. Following the fraction unit, we will begin studying lines, planes, and angles.

Writing: We have been working on our Literary Essay unit this week. So far, this unit has been comprised of looking at literature with strong characters and writing a strong thesis that can be defended throughout the story.

Reading: It has been very exciting to have our book clubs going on during our Historical Fiction unit. The class has done a great job at collaborating within their book clubs and making connections across timelines and putting together the pieces of their books. As a class, we have been reading Number the Stars, which allows us to identify the historical aspects of the book and the fictional timeline that is occurring simultaneously.

Science: This week in science, the class looked at different elements and minerals. They were able to identify characteristics of these elements as well as see their purpose.

Social Studies: Students have started their unit on Texas Missions and will continue that next week. The class has also been working on the historical events for their Penny Project.

Week 19

Important Dates Coming Up:

Mon, Jan 16, Student and Teacher Holiday

Wed, Jan 18, 7:15am PAWS Meeting

Thu, Jan 19, 3:30pm Armstrong Spelling Bee

This Week In:

Math: This week in math we were focused on comparing and simplifying fractions. We also learned how to decompose fractions. Next week, we will continue to work on fractions and focus on using them on a number line and how to add them together.

Writing: After wrapping up our expository unit, we have started our Literary Essay unit. The class will be using their reading skills to extract important information from our reading in order to make meaningful connections in our writing.

Reading: This week we have been diving into our new Historical Fiction unit. This is an exciting unit because it allows the reader to be wrapped up in an exciting fictional story that has been intertwined with a historical time period or event. Our class has been divided up into book clubs and they will be reading different historical fiction literature and engaging in conversation within their book clubs. 

Science/Social Studies: In science, the class had the opportunity to look at a variety of minerals and perform tests on each mineral to identify properties within the mineral. Ask your student about some of the interesting minerals they found! In Social Studies, we have started learning about different missions that were established in North America.

*Please remember to be working on the Penny Project at home. We have been working on the world events in class, but the class is supposed to be completing the personal events at home. The Penny Project is due Friday, February 3rd.