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Mrs. Leah Marek
marekL@hpisd.org
214-780-3100 ext. 3119
 
Ms. Farrell, the long-term sub, will be continuing with updates at this blog Please feel free to contact her at gencoe@hpisd.org with any questions!
 
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Week 29: March 27-31

See below the many great things happening in TAG.
 
2nd grade:
Math:  Measurement with the metric system: length, capacity, mass
Explorations:  Students continued their research for their curiosity expedition. 
 
3rd grade:
Math:  Reading and making graphical displays: Frequency tables and dot plots 
Explorations: This week in our toys unit, students analyzed the data they collected from the toy surveys they created for their peers. They will use this data to help them determine the best toy or game to invent for that age group.
 
4th grade:
Math: Interpreting Data: stem and leaf plots 
Explorations: Students presented their research on the different types of robots: industrial robots, domestic robots, entertainment robots, medical robots, military robots, hobby & competition robots, and space robots. 
 
Looking forward to another great week in TAG! 

Week 28: March 20-24

See below the many great things happening in TAG.
 
2nd grade:
Math:  Measurement with the customary system: length, capacity, weight
Explorations:  Students continued their research for their curiosity expedition. We also took a brain break and completed a STEM challenge: Build the tallest free-standing structure using only aluminum foil and tape. The winner was able to make a 3 foot structure! 
 
3rd grade:
Math:  Metric system of measurement: length/distance, capacity, and mass
Explorations: This week in our toys unit, students presented their decade toy research project.The toys included rock-a-stack, Chatty Cathy,  Magic 8 ball, Viewmaster, and Stretch Armstrong.
Then they created surveys that will be given to other Armstrong third graders to help them determine the best toy or game to invent for that age group.
 
4th grade:
Math: Interpreting Data: frequency tables, dot plots, bar graphs
Explorations: Students continued to research the different types of robots. Then they sketched their own unique robot. They had to clearly label the robot and explain its purpose. There were some pretty creative ideas!
 
Good luck to the 4th graders taking the writing STAAR test next week! 

Week 27: March 6-10

See below the many great things happening in TAG.
 
2nd grade:
Math:  Telling time review and elapsed time with number lines
Explorations:  Students continued their research for their curiosity expedition
 
3rd grade:
Math:  Customary system of measurement: length/distance, capacity, and weight
Explorations: This week in our toys unit, students chose a decade and a toy that they did not know much about. They researched the toy and learned about it's use and popularity during that time period. The toys included rock-a-stack, Chatty Cathy,  Magic 8 ball, Viewmaster, and Stretch Armstrong.
 
4th grade:
Math: Students worked on a mini project called "Coordinate City" where they designed a city on a coordinate grid. 
Explorations: Great entertainment was provided as we watched the edited enigma newscasts. We have some talented actors and actresses in TAG! Then students continued their research on the different types of robots.
 
I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Spring Break! 

Week 26: February 27- March 3

**This week there were NO TAG classes as 2nd-4th grade TAG testing was administered in the TAG classroom. Current TAG students stayed in their homeroom each day for math and explorations. The homeroom teacher offered differentiated lessons based on identified academic needs. During the math block, TAG students had the benefit of participating in a grade level review of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) which are the State Standards for learning. 
 
We are back to a regular TAG/Explorations schedule next week! Thank you for your understanding.

Week 25: February 20-24

See below the many great things happening in TAG.
 
2nd grade:
Math:  Perimeter and area: Students designed their dream house on grid paper and found the perimeter and area of the rooms in their house.
Explorations:  NO SCHOOL MONDAY
 
3rd grade:
Math:  Perimeter and area continued. Students explored concepts of area and perimeter with pattern block challenges.
Explorations: This week in our toys unit, students finished researching the top toys of the decades. Mrs. Marek also shared her favorite toys from her childhood decade; the 1990s. The students even had a chance to play with some of her toys! 
 
4th grade:
Math and Explorations: 4th grade students were immersed in writing this week as their homeroom classrooms held the Armstrong Adventure Writing Camp 2017. Luckily I was able to pop in a couple of classrooms to help with their writing skills! 
 
**Next week, February 27-March 3, there will be NO TAG classes as 2nd-4th grade TAG testing will be administered in the TAG classroom. Current TAG students will stay in their homeroom each day for math and explorations. The homeroom teacher will offer differentiated lessons based on identified academic needs. During the math block, TAG students will have the benefit of participating in a grade level review of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) which are the State Standards for learning. 
 
 

Week 24: February 13-17

See below the many great things happening in TAG.
 
2nd grade:
Math:  Perimeter
Explorations:  Students began researching for their curiosity expedition. They are excited to become experts on a topic of great wonder!
 
3rd grade:
Math:  Perimeter and area 
Explorations: This week in our toys unit, students continued researching the top toys of the decades. We are curious to see how the popularity of certain toys has changed over the years.
 
4th grade:
Math: Measurement: Converting units within the metric system
Explorations: This week in our robotics unit, students started researching the different types/purposes of robots. 

Week 23: February 6-10

See below the many great things happening in TAG.
 
2nd grade:
Math:  Geometry unit: Solid figures 
Explorations:  Students brainstormed a list of the things in the world they are most curious about. Then they narrowed it down to one topic that they will do a thorough curiosity research project on. They are excited to become experts on a topic of great wonder!
 
3rd grade:
Math:  Geometry unit continued: angles, types of quadrilaterals and triangles
Explorations: This week in our toys unit, students started researching the top toys of the decades. We are curious to see how the popularity of certain toys has changed over the years.
 
4th grade:
Math: Measurement: Converting units within the customary system
Explorations: This week in our robotics unit, students learned about the expansive terminology of the robotics world.
 
Congratulations to all of the 3rd and 4th graders that participated in the 2017 Armstrong Science Fair! I'm always impressed by the many different experiments and investigations. 

Week 22: January 30- February 3

See below the many great things happening in TAG.
 
2nd grade:
Math:  Geometry unit: Polygons and Solid Figures
Explorations:  Students presented their inventions and infomercials at the Invention Showcase in the TAG classroom. They had such clever ideas! 
 
3rd grade:
Math:  Geometry unit continued: angles, types of quadrilaterals and triangles
Explorations: We started the Toys unit which will last until the end of the school year. This week we discussed the definition of a toy, brainstormed a list of toys, and started writing a short essay about our favorite toy. 
 
4th grade:
Math: Continued geometry unit: volume, perimeter and area
Explorations: Enigma newscast filming is complete! After Mrs. Brooks kindly edits the videos, we will have a viewing party! 
This week we started the Robotics unit. We had a fabulous conversation about how the human brain and a computer are alike and different. 
 

Week 21: January 23-27

See below the many great things happening in TAG.
 
2nd grade:
Math:  Continued fractions unit and introduction to geometry unit
Explorations:  Students finished their infomercials for their invention and then participated in a STEM challenge. Using only clothespins and craft sticks, they had to build a structure or bridge that would hold the most possible weight. 
 
3rd grade:
Math:  Geometry unit continued. 
Explorations: The heart fair was on Wednesday, January 25. Students were excited to showcase their new knowledge on heart related topics. Thank you parents for visiting. See our Twitter pics @MrsMareksTAG
 
4th grade:
Math: Continued geometry unit
Explorations: Students continued filming their enigma newscasts this week! Those that have already filmed are working on creating an original enigma and are writing a story about it.

Week 20: January 16-20

See below the many great things happening in TAG.
 
2nd grade:
Math:  Continued fractions unit 
Explorations:  NO EXPLORATIONS DUE TO MLK JR HOLIDAY
 
3rd grade:
Math:  Fractions unit continued and introduction to geometry unit
Explorations: Students continued working on their heart fair products and trifold boards
**3rd grade Heart Fair is this upcoming Wednesday, January 25**
 
4th grade:
Math: Continued geometry unit
Explorations: Now that students are experts of the enigma they researched, they have produced a short news broadcast about their enigma. We began filming this week! 
 
Congratulations to the 2017 Armstrong Spelling Bee participants! They did an outstanding job. The winner and runner-up were TAG students too! Way to go! 
 

Week 19: January 9-13

We were back in the groove this week! See below the many great things happening in TAG.
 
2nd grade:
Math:  Started fractions unit 
Explorations:  Students developed iMovie infomercials to advertise their invention.
 
3rd grade:
Math:  Fractions unit continued 
Explorations: Students continued working on their heart fair products and trifold boards
**3rd grade Heart Fair is on Wednesday, January 25**
 
4th grade:
Math: Finished fractions and started geometry unit
Explorations: Now that students are experts of the enigma they researched, they have produced a short news broadcast about their enigma. They will film in Armstrong's green screen room starting next week!
 
Enjoy the 3 day weekend! 

Week 18: January 3-6

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope all of you enjoyed a nice holiday break. I am glad to see everyone back at school healthy and well. 
 
Here's what is coming up in TAG this week:
 
2nd grade:
Math:  Division unit
Explorations:  No explorations this week, but next week students will continue to build an invention that could help make their lives easier. I can't wait to see their finished products!
 
3rd grade:
Math:  Fractions unit
Explorations: Students will continue working on their heart fair products.
 
4th grade:
Math: Multiplication and division with fractions
Explorations: Now that students are experts of the enigma they researched, they are producing a short news broadcast about their enigma. They will film in Armstrong's green screen room later this month when their script is complete and well-rehearsed! 

Week 16: December 5-9

One more week until the winter break! My goodness this semester has flown by. I am so proud of the TAG students. They have worked so hard!
 
Here's what we did in class this week:
 
2nd grade:
Math: Continued multiplication unit. 
Explorations: Students began building an invention that could help make their lives easier. I can't wait to see their finished products!
 
3rd grade:
Math:  Continued division unit.
Explorations: Students participated in the highly anticipated pig heart dissection! See our Twitter pics. Our expert parent leaders helped facilitate this wonderful learning opportunity for the 3rd graders. 
 
4th grade:
Math: Began fractions unit.
Explorations: Now that students are experts of the enigma they researched, they are producing a short news broadcast about their enigma. They will film in Armstrong's green screen room when their script is complete.
 
This Friday each TAG math class participated in Hour of Code. Computer science is the way of the future! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DxWIxec6yo 

Week 13: November 14-18

Here's what we did in class this week:
 
2nd grade:
Math: Continued multiplication unit. 
Explorations: Students learned about the Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, Rube Goldberg, who is best known for his zany invention cartoons. They started brainstorming their own zany invention that will help them complete the challenge of "snuffing a candle."
 
3rd grade:
Math:  Students investigated the use of remainders in division and interpreted their meaning in given real world situations.
Explorations: Students continued researching their heart topic of choice for our upcoming heart fair. More details to come later.
 
4th grade:
Math: Algebraic reasoning using coordinate graphs 
Explorations: Now that students are experts of the enigma they researched, they are producing a short news broadcast about their enigma. They will film in Armstrong's green screen room when their script is complete.
 
All TAG math students have the option of participating in Greg Tang's Thanksgiving math challenge. They will bring home the challenge paper on Monday. The challenge is due back to school on Monday, November 28.
 
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  

Week 12: November 7-11

We had another fun week in TAG!
 
Here's what we did in class this week:
 
2nd grade:
Math:Started multiplication unit. Students investigated the meaning of multiplication and how it helps you add large groups of numbers.
Explorations: Students learned about the Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, Rube Goldberg, who is best known for his zany invention cartoons. They started brainstorming their own zany invention that will help them complete the challenge of "snuffing a candle."
 
3rd grade:
Math:  Continued multiplication strategies with whole numbers
Explorations: Students continued researching their heart topic of choice for our upcoming heart fair. More details to come later.
 
4th grade:
Math: Division with decimals
Explorations: Now that students are experts of the enigma they researched, they are producing a short news broadcast about their enigma. They will film in Armstrong's green screen room when their script is complete.