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Good afternoon parents, 
We've had another great week of learning.  
 
Math: We have finished our division unit and began our fractions unit this week.  Your child should understand how to divide the traditional way (long division) and partial quotient.  
 
Writing: Students have finished their drafts for their favorite time of year.  We also dug into revising and editing this week.  This is the longest part of the writing process and students have tools to help them revise and edit their work.  We will write our final copies next week and work on some grammar rules. 
 
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 completed their research for their second weather topic. They will present their writing next week. 
 
Science: Water Cycle  
 
Penny Project: Students will have a lesson on research and citing information next week.  We will work on 2 world events next week in class.  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 before the winter holidays.  . 
 
 
Please be sure to read the email sent out today regarding the holiday party. 
 
Next Wednesday, December 12th, we will have our STEAM pizza party during lunch. If your child is unable to have pizza, they can buy food or bring their lunch.  
Have a wonderful weekend. 
 
Hello Parents, 
 
What another great week.  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving Break.  We have a few weeks before our next break, but it's good to remember that these few weeks are just as important and lots of learning will take place.  
 
Math: We took a week to review and finish up division. We will start fractions next week. 
 
Writing: Students have finished their first expository and we have started our second one.  This time we will go a little faster to show how they can now make their expository a bit more precise. 
 
Reading: Students presented their reading research on their natural disaster.and  are now researching their second natural disasters to compare and contrast the two.  
 
Social Studies: European Explorers 
 
Science: Owl Pellets 
 
Have a wonderful weekend full of love and kindness.  By the way, ask your child to show you their Padlet showing what they are thankful for!  LOVE IT!!!
Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving break.  Enjoy time with your family and friends as you celebrate the season of giving.  I'm thankful for such amazing students and wonderful families that make Armstrong such a outstanding place!!!
Hello parents,

Thank you to all those that donated to Brother Bills!  We had 100% participation from our class. The students had such a great time packing an individual bag for the families in need.  They also helped with loading up cars with the donations.  What a great community project!

Thank you, Mrs. Gameros for being our Friday Reader today!

Math: We continue to work on division.  

Writing: Students are continuing to work on their expository writing.  We've looked at anecdotes/mini stories which make our expository stronger and more personal.   We discussed how adding quotes and statistics can make our essays stronger. Remember, good readers become great writers. We will continue expository next week and after Thanksgiving. 

Reading: Students are done with their first research project for their natural disaster.  They will present next week.  

Science: Students learned about Owls and owl pellets 

Social Studies: Students wrote a journal depending on their journey as an explorer.  

 

STEAM: Students have worked so hard for the district STEAM challenge. Thank you for supporting them. I know a lot of them brought items from home and went above and beyond. WE are excited to submit our work to the district. 

 

Have a beautiful weekend!

The annual Thanksgiving Food Drive is just around the corner! Our goal is to

deliver 500 meals to Brother Bill’s Helping Hand this holiday season.

We’ve elected to take a different approach to food collection this year. We ask that each student fill a grocery bag with the following 5 items that will comprise an entire meal for a family:

1) 1 can of green beans

2) 1 can of sweet potatoes

3) 1 can of pie filling

4) 1 box of stuffing

5) 1 can of fruit

We hope that assembling an entire meal for a family will create a meaningful connection for the students of the importance of giving back to the Dallas community this holiday season. Parents are encouraged to take students grocery shopping and to post videos of their children shopping and assembling the bags on the PTA Facebook page with the hashtags #ArmstrongGives,#SharetheLove, #HolidayLove, #SharingIsCaring.

Grocery Bag Distribution: Each student will receive a grocery bag on Friday, November 9th to be filled with the above items and instructions for filling the bag. We will deliver the grocery bags to your classroom on November 8th.

Class Chart: To encourage participation, we will have a large chart at Armstrong’s main entrance listing each teacher’s name. Stickers will be placed as a contribution is brought back.   

Completed Meal Bags: Students are asked to bring completed meal bags to their classroom on Monday, November 12- Thursday, November 15.

Assembly Day: The students will add additional items provided by Brother Bill’s to each meal bag on November 16 in the Armstrong gym. 

 

***I will not be here tomorrow, but Mrs. Mead will be our sub. She will join the students on the field trip. Enjoy the update***
 
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. Please begin thinking about our Thanksgiving Food Drive for Brother Bill.
 
What a day! We had a special guest all the way form Tanzania and we got to ask her questions to figure out where she was from.  A spin on Mystery Skype! They also got to learn a bit about how she designs and builds hospitals in developing nations.  So cool!
 
We also invited the HP STEAM coaches to discuss the new district STEAM challenge. Please ask your child all about it.  They are on FIRE and so EXCITED!!!
 
Math: We began working on division this week.  
 
 
Writing: We continue to build our expository and will draft them net week.   
 
Reading: Nonfiction reading: Understanding word backs, summaries and tacking hard parts.  Students are part of a research group and will research a natural disaster for the next part of NF reading. 
 
Social Studies: Students did a simulation as an explorer coming to the new world. They are writing their journals according to their journey. 
 
Science: Mystery Science.  
 
 
 
I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of amazing memories!
 

Hello Parents,

What a fantastic week! Students are growing as readers, mathematicians, and even scientists.   

Important Events:

11/5 Practice Lock Down Drill

11/6  What I Want To Be When I Grow Up pictures for the yearbook. Please send props/dress up

11/7 Global Connections meeting 7:15 Mobh's Room

11/9 Field Trip.  Please read information provided on the form to dress accordingly-send lunch. 

11/12 Veteran Day's Program 

11/14 PAWS General Meeting Sky Flex Space 7:15

11/21-11/23 Thanksgiving Break 

Writing: We are continuing our work with expository.  This week students understood that in order to expand their reasons they should use Pushing Your Thinking prompts, insert mini stories and have parallel lists. All of this allows us to sound more sophisticated in our writing. 

Math:  Students were able to work on word problems dealing with multiplication. Students understood that certain elements of a problem help them understand if it is asking them to multiply. Remember that knowing multiplication facts will help with ALL math skills.This week, students learned how to multiply using partial products (distributive property), area model, and traditional algorithm.  They can use whatever style works best for them. Today we ended the unit with our end of unit test.  We start division next week. 

Reading: Please keep in mind that students must log their reading each night. Reading is done at home and in the classroom. Students can read nonfiction or realistic fiction (we are working on NF in the class). This week, students were able to understand text structures and tackling the hard parts of a nonfiction.  

Science: Last week students studied earthworms and how they help the soil fertilize. This week they learned about vertebrate and invertebrate. 

Social Studies: Students used the STEAM Student Centered Design process to construct the type of home their Native American Tribe lived in. Today we tested our models to see if they could withstand rain (spray bottle of water) and wind (blow dryer). Students understand that their prototype can be altered and engineered in a way to mimic a real structure. 

Class Meeting Goals:

Be a Bucket Filler 

Use Kind Words to Take Care of Hearts 

THINK before you speak 

Have GRIT

Mindfulness 

Being a Change Maker

Be Like Water

 
 
 
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. Please begin thinking about our Thanksgiving Food Drive for Brother Bill that will start in November. 
 
Math: We continue to work on multiplication. This week we learned 3 ways to multiply 2 digit by 2 digit numbers. 
-Partial Products/Break Apart
-Area Model/Box Method
-Standard/Traditional Algorithm 
 
Students can show you all three ways and are asked to use the way that works best for them when it comes to  multiplying.  We will continue multiplication next week and take our unit test. 
 
Writing: Students have worked on writing their essays and fine tuning them. Students understand that in order to be an essayist, we have to generate ides and push our thinking to sound precise and professional. 
 
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. 
 
Social Studies: Students are done with their Native American research.  We did a VR exploration to see what an inside of a tepee looks like and  students will create one of the shelters next week.  We are going through the student design process for this work. 
 
Science: Earthworms=Decomposers.  
 
Picture retake is on Oct. 30th.  
 
 
I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of amazing memories!
 

Hello Parents,

What a fantastic week! Students are growing as readers, mathematicians, and even scientists.  We really enjoyed indoor Bike Rodeo today even with the rain.  The Friday treats have been a hit. Students are writing their own opinions pieces. Thanks Mrs. Ewing and Mrs. Cartner for the Friday treats. We have one more spot open for next Friday.  We would love a volunteer. 

Writing: We dove into expository writing this week and looked at exemplars and rubrics that we will be held accountable for. Students generated issues they are passionate about. We will continue this work next week. 

Math:Students finished their multiplication by one digit unit with an assessment today. We begin multiplying by two digits next week.

Reading:  You probably noticed that students are diving into non fiction reading. This is the type of reading we do everyday (recipes, emails, labels). We will continue this unit for the next few weeks.    

Science: Food chain 

Social Studies: Native American vocabulary  

Things to Remember:

1. Look at work in Communication folder and keep those things at home. 

2. Send boxtops  

3. Founder's Day Picnic is next Friday and it's early release at 1. 

4. Red Ribbon week is next week.  There is a sheet coming home with the plan for the week. 

Have a wonderful weekend! Hopefully it will dry up.

Hello Parents,

What a fantastic week! Students are growing as readers, mathematicians, and even scientists.  Don't forget that Bike Rodeo is next Friday.  Also, if you have not submitted your food order form for the picnic, please send that in. The picnic is on Friday the 26th and the cafeteria will be closed that day.  You can either pre-order or bring your own lunch. 

I've been thinking a lot of about resiliency and what makes students resilient. Sometimes, we feel that to support them, we need to do things for them. This video was a quick reminder of steps we could take to support the students. Click here!

Writing: We dove into expository writing this week and looked at exemplars and rubrics that we will be held accountable for. Students wrote an on-demand piece of writing that will help me meet them at their level.  Students understand that this is a very different type of writing and that there are several components to this type of written expression. We will continue our work next week. Thanks to Mrs. Canter for the wonderful Friday treat. We are looking for one more volunteer for the last Friday of this month.  See previous post. 

Math: We have started our multiplication unit.  Students worked on rich math word problems that were multi-step and required students to think deeply. This week, we learned the distributive property of multiplication and understood that breaking apart large numbers makes it easier to multiply.  Will will continue our work with multiplication next week. Please be sure your students know their facts. 

Reading:  As students continue to think about their characters and what motivations and desires they have, they start thinking about rich debatable ideas. These ideas help us see different perspectives.  We also focused on issues and life lessons that a novel teaches us.  We wrapped up our unit today and will begin our nonfiction unit next week.  

Science: Students studied inherited traits and thought about what would happen if all the bird beak types flew to a new island and only nuts were available to eat? 

Social Studies: Students learned about the different types of homes Native Americans lived in.  We will continue our Native American unit next week. 

Things to Remember:

1. Look at work in Communication folder and keep those things at home. 

2. Send boxtops  

3. Founder's Day Picnic is on Friday. Oct. 26th.Order forms are on the Eblast. Please turn in the form if you would like to order lunch. If not, please ensure your child has a lunch as the cafeteria will be closed that day. 

Class Meeting Goals:

Be a Bucket Filler 

Use Kind Words to Take Care of Hearts 

THINK before you speak 

Have GRIT

Mindfulness 

Being a Change Maker

Friday Treats in October

Good afternoon parents,

Please help our class to master their "show, not tell" writing skills! Doubling as a descriptive writing activity and a reward for good behavior, I'd like to surprise the class (22 students) with creative snacks on Fridays during the month of October. You don't have to be a master chef to create these healthy, festive treats! I will take the first 3 volunteers who email me.  Please let me know which treat you would like to provide.  If your child has allergies, please view these recipes and make sure they are suited for them.  If there is a recipe that needs to be changed, please send me something that may work. Students love this writing experience! Remember, it's a SURPRISE. Please see recipes below. 

Location: Room 217 (Mrs. Mobh's Room)

 

 
Dates Treats
10/012/2018 (Fri. 7:50am - 7:50am)
Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats
http://www.food.com/recipe/rice-krispie-pumpkin-treats-396778
   
10/19/2018 (Fri. 7:50am - 7:50am)
Carmel Apple Grapes
No nuts--use graham craker crumbs instead :) http://bellyfull.net/2012/06/18/caramel-apple-grapes-and-ba-bye-to-our-no-junk-food-challenge/
   
10/26/2018
(Fri. 7:50am - 7:50am)
Candy Corn Fruit Cup
http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2013/09/healthy-halloween-snack-candy-corn-fruit-cocktail.html
 
 
 
Just an extra item to switch out for the above
Clementine Pumpkins and Banana Ghosts
http://sweetandsimpleliving.com/easy-clementine-pumpkins-and-banana-ghosts/

Good afternoon Parents,

I hope each of you is doing well. We have had another great week with a lot of learning and curiosity.  We had a great time understanding our role this year as change makers with an assembly offered by WE.org.  We also had an assembly for the girls with representatives from the Kind Campaign.  For the boys, we had an international youth developer that came out and spoke to them about being leaders and the importance of showing kindness.  What a fun week it has been. 

Bike Rodeo is next Friday during our specials time, 9:20   

Writing: Students went through the revising and editing process for their personal narrative piece.  This time, we sprinkled in some thoughts, dialogue, and vivid verbs. We celebrated the ending of our unit with quotable sentences form our own writing.  We will begin expository writing next week. 

Math: Students understand how to decompose numbers to multiply. Please ensure they know their facts and practice them each night. 

Reading: Students are moving along as readers and really using precise language to add their ideas on sticky notes.  We are growing ideas about our characters and understanding them at deeper levels.  We see how our characters react or behave in one situation vs. another.  Continue reading each night and ask your child to share their sticky note with you! You will be amazed at the ideas they are having as they read. We had a great time debating our ideas this week as well. 

Science: Screaming Skulls! Ask students all about this one!

Social Studies: Students have started gathering information about Native Americans of Texas 

  Class Meeting Goals:

Be a Bucket Filler 

Use Kind Words to Take Care of Hearts 

THINK before you speak 

Have GRIT

Mindfulness 

Being a Change Maker

Hello 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.) 

It was great seeing you at the parent conferences.  Thank you for taking the time to meet with me.  

Writing: Students drafted this week and learned to revise their papers before they began their final drafts by using their writing tool kits.  We even used mentor sentences which helped us become better writers as we imitated some of our favorite authors in our own writing. 

Math: We completed our adding and subtraction unit and have started 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. This week we looked at how we can grow ideas about our characters. Next week, students will start with debatable ideas that they could use as discussion topics. 

Science: This week in science we learned about how inherited traits can help a species offspring survive.  Next week, we will talk about adaptations. 

Social Studies: We have started our Native American Unit of Texas History. 

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. 

Class Meeting Goals:

Be a Bucket Filler 

Use Kind Words to Take Care of Hearts 

THINK before you speak 

Have GRIT

Mindfulness 

 

Enjoy your weekend. 

 

Good afternoon parents,

I hope you all are 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 revising and editing stages of the writing process. Students have worked hard to produce their draft and we will continue looking at the writing process next week. We will 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  we 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 poem and will finish it next week.  We will begin our Native American unit 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 Friday.  I sent you a reminder with your time. We will meet in the office conference room. 

Class Meeting Goals       

1. Be a bucketfiller 

2. Use words to look after each other's hearts

3. THINK before you speak 

4. GRIT

 

Have a wonderful weekend. 

Hello Parents,

We have had another great week with so much learning.  Thank you for continuing to guide your children in their 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. First whole group PAWS meeting is Thursday, September 20th at 7:15 am. Typically, the meetings are on Wednesday, but because of a schedule conflict, it's on a Thursday this month. We will send a note home regarding where the meeting will be held 

3. Friday, September 21st is an early release at 1pm.  We will meet you right after lunch at regular pick-up. 

4. Book Fair starts on September 24th

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. Students also worked on figurative language, such as similes to enhance their writing.  

Math: We finished our first unit on place value and took our unit test today.  We will  begin addition and subtraction next week.  This will include numbers in the millions place and students will continue to regroup 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 lives. 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.

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       

1. How to use our words to look after each other's hearts. 

2. THINK before you speak. Ask yourself...

T=  is it true

H=  is it helpful

I=   is it inspiring 

N=  is it necessary 

K=  is it kind 

 

Have a wonderful weekend!