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Parents,

 

As you know next Monday and Tuesday are STAAR Testing days. You will find a note from Dr. Moran in your students folder with more information. Please make sure you read this.

 

I have received a few encouraging notes to give to your child on STAAR testing days. We know that many of your students put unnecessary stress on themselves and have found that in the past a note from you helps give them a little boost before the test. Attached to the weekly email you will find a letter that explains the envelope in your child’s folder. Let me know if you have any questions!

 

Thank you for those of you who have signed up for Career Week, we still have open spots if you haven’t! Here is a link to the PTA page in case you need it: PTA Page

 

 

Dates to Take Note of:

 

Week of May 7, Teacher Appreciation Week

Tue, May 8, Alice’s Garden Week B Schedule

Wed, May 9, Nurses Appreciation Day

Sat, May 12, Armstrong Family Day of Service

May 16-18, Career Week

Tue, May 22, 11:00am 3rd to 4th Transition Meeting in the auditorium

Tue, May 22, Election Day

Thu, May 24, 8:30am 4th Grade Recognition Program

Fri, May 25, Field Day-more info coming soon!

Fri, May 25, 1:00pm Early Dismissal

 

 

 

 

Week 34

Math Workshop— New Unit: Data- Organize information on a dot plot, generate a graph from a collection of data, analyze and interpret information from various types of graphs to draw conclusions and solve problems, use a graph to compare information, recognize and use keys, symbols, or scales to interpret data on the graph

 

I can summarize a set of data and solve one- and two-step problems represented with a frequency table, dot plot, pictograph, or bar graph. 

 

 

Reader's Workshop- Finding an author’s purpose while reading any genre of literature, Summarizing a passage of literature and Finding the Main Idea of a text.

 

I can find the authors purpose, main idea, and summary of a text.

 

 

Science- In science lab, students are working with pulleys and axles.   

I can design a simple machine using a pulley system.

 

> Words Their Way- No Spelling Groups, we will begin Spelling Assessments for End of Year.

 

Writer's Workshop-  Crafting True Stories. Rehearsing: Storytelling and Leads, Revising by Studying What Other Authors Have Done, Storytellers Develop the Heart of the Story. 

 

I can rehearse my Personal Narrative and tell the story bit by bit.

Thank you for those of you who have signed up for Career Week, we still have open spots if you haven’t! Here is a link to the PTA page in case you need it: PTA Page

Please be watching your email for CAREER WEEK sign ups- May 16th-18th! 

Your students are eager to learn more about what your day looks like at work! :) 

Tue, May 1st, Alice’s Garden Week A Schedule

Fri, May 4th, 8:30am Kindergarten Musical Program

Tue, May 22, 11:00am 3rd to 4th Transition Meeting in the auditorium

Tue, May 22, Election Day

Thu, May 24, 8:30am 4th Grade Recognition Program

Fri, May 25, Field Day-more info coming soon!

Fri, May 25, 1:00pm Early Dismissal

 

 

 

 

Week 33

Math Workshop— Determine the solutions to problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes using pictorial models or tools, select appropriate units, strategies, and tools to solve problems involving customary and metric measurement of liquid volume (capacity), weight or length

 

I can use multiple strategies to determine elapsed time. I can select appropriate units to solve problems involving customary and metric measurement of capacity, weight, and length.

 

Measurement Unit Test- this Friday (over perimeter and area, elapsed time, and measurement (capacity, length, and weight).

 

 

Reader's Workshop- Building stamina and gleaning all we can from reading passages.

 

I can build stamina as I read and understand different literature by answering questions.

 

 

Science- In science lab, students are learning and working with simple machines.   

I can demonstrate how a lever makes using a machine easier.

 

 

> Words Their Way- No Spelling Groups, we will begin Spelling Assessments for End of Year.

 

Writer's Workshop-  Crafting True Stories: Finding Ideas for True Stories and Writing Up a Storm. Drawing on Strategies and Writing with Independence.

 

I can write a personal Narrative about 3rd Grade. 

Hello Parents,

 

Thank you so much for your generosity last week. Ms. Johnson was beyond thankful and surprised by the overflowing basket of supplies we provided for her to use in her own classroom next year!

 

Here’s what’s coming up:

 

 

Tue, Apr 24th, Alice’s Garden Week B Schedule

Wed, Apr 25th, Administrative Assistants Day

Tue, May 1st, Alice’s Garden Week A Schedule

Fri, May 4th, 8:30am Kindergarten Musical Program

 

Week 32

Math Workshop— find the area of an irregular figure, represent and determine the time on an analog clock, determine the elapsed time using an analog clock and a number line

 

I can find the area of an irregular figure. I can tell the time using an analog clock. I can use multiple strategies to determine elapsed time.

  

 

Reader's Workshop- Building stamina and gleaning all we can from reading passages.

 

I can build stamina as I read and understand different literature by answering questions.

 

 

Science- This week, we are focusing on force and motion.   

I can identify balanced and unbalanced forces that cause motion.

 

 

> Words Their Way- No Spelling Groups, we will begin Spelling Assessments for End of Year this week.   

 

Writer's Workshop-  Finishing up our Literary Essay. On to a New Unit: Crafting True Stories! Finding Ideas for True Stories and Writing Up a Storm. Drawing on Strategies and Writing with Independence.

 

I can publish my Literary Essay. I can use my strategies to come up with an idea for Narrative Writing. 

Hello and Happy Tuesday!
 
Here's whats coming up!
 
Tue, Apr 17, Alice’s Garden Week A Schedule
Wed, Apr 18, Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
 
Looking ahead:
 
Tue, Apr 24, Alice’s Garden Week B Schedule
Wed, Apr 25, Administrative Assistants Day
 
Week 31
Math Workshopclassify 2D and 3D shapes based on attributes, determine the perimeter of a shape, find the missing side length of a shape, determine the area of a shape
 
I can find the perimeter and area of a given shape.  
 
> Reader's Workshop- New Unit-Character Studies: Character Studies Celebration, Character Studies Post Assessment
 
> > I can recall all I know about characters and how to respond in stories, I can support my understanding by text evidence.
 
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> Read Aloud-“Dyamonde Daniel”
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> Science- This week, we are focusing on different forms of energy including sound, light, thermal, mechanical and electrical.  
> I can identify different forms of energy and how the forms can be used at the same time.  
 
 
> Words Their Way- No Spelling Groups, we will begin Spelling Assessments for End of Year this week.   
 
Writer's Workshop-  Literary Essay: Strong writers can revise and edit their drafts, Strong Writers can check for spelling and punctuation mistakes, Strong writers can publish their essay.
 
I can revise, edit, and publish my Literary Essay.

The Armstrong Carnival is almost here!

 

 

 

The 2018 Armstrong State Fair needs your help!  The annual school carnival depends on our awesome parents to run it! The carnival runs from 1-4 on Friday 4/13.  Please click HERE  to sign up for a 1 hour shift!! This day will be so fun, but we can’t do it without you!! Thank you!!

 

2018  Carnival Chairs

Elise Danner, Tanya Benbow, Christina Hoctor, and Jessica Jones

 

 

4th GRADE DUNK TANK @ the Carnival

Your 4th grader has likely been waiting for this since Kindergarten!  Click HERE to reserve their spot in the dunk tank at the carnival.  It’s only $20 and spots are limited so sign up now!

 

Jennifer Branson Johnston 

3508 University Boulevard

Dallas, TX 75205

214.763.6533

Sent from my iPad

 

 

 

> Looking ahead:

April 11                        Group Picture Day

April 12                        Walk to School Day

April 13                        Early Release (1 PM)

April 13                        Carnival      

April 16                        Principal's Book Talk

 

 

Week 23

Math Workshop—describing attributes of 2D shapes, exploring 3D shapes and sorting by attributes

I can classify and sort 3D shapes based on their attributes. 

 

> Reader's Workshop- New Unit-Character Studies: Lingering with a Story after it’s Done,  Comparing Characters, Readers Compare the Problems Characters Face-and Their Reactions.

 

> > I can compare characters from books and how they react to situations.

 

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> Read Aloud-“Dyamonde Daniel”

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> Science- In science lab, students are learning about energy with optics and sound.

> I can compare and contrast light and sound energy.

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> Mentor Sentences- Commas in a series, descriptive adjectives, and more!

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> Words Their Way- Spelling test this Thursday!  

 

Writer's Workshop-  Literary Essay: Strong writers can write about characters’ traits and motivations, Literary Essayists reread their notebook of entries to find seed strong ideas, generate possible thesis statements about the texts, and write reasons or examples to support their opinion, writers use strong introductions to grab the reader and try to convince them that their theory is true, writers use strong endings to recap their theory and essay. It leaves the reader with a lasting impression.

 

I can choose a seed idea, generate a thesis statement, and write reasons/examples to support my opinion. I can write a strong introduction and conclusion for my essay.

 

> Looking ahead:

April 11                        Group Picture Day

April 12                        Walk to School Day

April 13                        Early Release (1 PM)

April 13                        Carnival      

April 16                        Principal's Book Talk

 

 

Week 29

> Math Workshop— New Unit: Geometry 2D & 3D shapes- this week’s focus is on polygons, attributes of 2D shapes, classifying types of quadrilaterals

I can classify 2D shapes based on their attributes and sort types of quadrilaterals.

 

> Reader's Workshop- New Unit-Character Studies: Stories are Shaped Like a Mountain: Noticing the Roles Illustrations Play in a Story, Noticing How the Character makes choices during the climax of the story, Identifying How the Character Resolves BIG Trouble and Readers Learn Lessons alongside Their Characters.

 

> > I can notice the choices characters make and how they resolve problems while learning lessons from them.

 

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> Read Aloud-“Because of Winn Dixie”

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> Science- In science lab, students are focusing on measuring liquid volume.

> I can measure volume using water displacement.

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> Mentor Sentences- Commas in a series, descriptive adjectives, and more!

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> Words Their Way- New Spelling Words this Monday  

 

Writer's Workshop-  Literary Essay: Writers can state a claim on a book they have read; Writers can lift evidence directly from the test to support their claim; Writers will stretch themselves to add their opinion; Writers will understand what a theme is and show evidence.

 

I can support my claim with evidence from the book and add my own opinion into my essay.

Open House and Grandfriends Day went so well and I could tell you were just as proud of your child as I am! They continue to amaze me, thanks again for sharing!

 

 

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Week 28

> Math Workshop— identify and represent fractions using pictorial models and number lines, unit fractions, equivalent fractions, comparing fractions with same and different denominators, split objects into equal fractions

I can demonstrate all I know about fractions. 

Fractions test this week

 

> Reader's Workshop- New Unit-Character Studies: Stories are Shaped Like a Mountain: Readers Expect Characters to Face- and React to Trouble and Notice the Roles Secondary Characters Play

 

> > I can explain why a character reacts the way they do and identify other characters.

 

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> Read Aloud-“Because of Winn Dixie”

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> Science- In science lab, students are learning how to use weather instruments

> I can measure temperature in Celsius using a thermometer. 

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> Mentor Sentences- Review parts of Speech

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> Words Their Way- No Spelling this week due to a 3 day week!  

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> Writer's Workshop- New Unit! - -  Literary Essay

 I can rehearse the process of writing with evidence in mind. I can state a claim on a book I have read. I can provide examples/evidence to support my claim. 

 

Welcome back!

 

I hope you enjoyed some wonderful down time and were able to recharge before we hit the ground running again!

 

No Homework this week due to practice testing, Open House and Grandfriends day!

 

 

THIS  Monday and Tuesday, March 19 and 20, when we return from Spring Break, we will be taking a practice STAAR test in 3rd grade to prepare for upcoming state testing in May.  The purpose is to help students begin to understand the schedule, procedures, and routines of the upcoming testing days.  In addition, we will use the information gathered from the testing to help us in our final review and preparation.  Students will be following their regular daily schedule on these practice testing days.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

 

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> Looking ahead:

> Mon, Mar 19, Armstrong Reads kick off, fundraising brochures home

Tue,  Mar 20, Alice’s Garden Week B Schedule

Thu, Mar 22-Fri, Mar 23, Art  Show

Thu, Mar 22, 5:00-6:30pm Open House

Fri, Mar 23, 9:00-10:30am  Grandfriends Day

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> Week 27

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> Math Workshop— solve problems involving partitioning an object or a set of objects among two or more recipients using pictorial representations of fractions.

I can split objects into equal fractions to answer a division problem.

 

> Reader's Workshop- New Unit-Character Studies: Stories are Shaped Like a Mountain: Readers Watch Characters Go Up and Down and Readers Expect Characters to Face- and React to Trouble

 

> > I can identify where a character is on the story mountain and notice characters responses.

 

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> Read Aloud-“Because of Winn Dixie”

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> Science- In science, we are learning how to measure matter using hands-on experiments.

> I can measure density, test magnetism, and identify mixtures vs. solutions.

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> Mentor Sentences- “Because of Winn Dixie”- contractions

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> Words Their Way- We will not have Spelling this week due to our practice STAAR testing.

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> Writer's Workshop- New Unit! - -  Literary Essay

 I can jot ideas and rehearse the process of writing with evidence in mind. I can state a claim on a book I have read.

 

 

Hello,

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> Thank you to all of our wonderful readers last week, your student loves having yon in the classroom!

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> Here are a few things coming up:

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> Week of March 5, Nutrition Week, separate email schedule Tue, Mar 6,

> Primary Election Day, voting on campus, Tue, Mar 6, Alice’s Garden

> Week A Schedule Wed, Mar 7, Cafeteria Staff Appreciation Day Thu, Mar

> 8, 8:30am 3rd Grade Musical Performance

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> Week of Mar 12, Spring Break

 

On Monday and Tuesday, March 19 and 20, when we return from Spring Break, we will be taking a practice STAAR test in 3rd grade to prepare for upcoming state testing in May.  The purpose is to help students begin to understand the schedule, procedures, and routines of the upcoming testing days.  In addition, we will use the information gathered from the testing to help us in our final review and preparation.  Students will be following their regular daily schedule on these practice testing days.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

 

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> Looking ahead:

> Mon, Mar 19, Armstrong Reads kick off, fundraising brochures home Tue,

> Mar 20, Alice’s Garden Week B Schedule Thu, Mar 22-Fri, Mar 23, Art

> Show Thu, Mar 22, 5:00-6:30pm Open House Fri, Mar 23, 9:00-10:30am

> Grandfriends Day

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> Week 26

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> Math Workshop—compare fractions using concrete models, find equivalent fractions using concrete models and number lines, decompose and compose fractions

 

I can compare fractions with the different denominators. I can find equivalent fractions by using models.

 

> Reader's Workshop- New Unit-Character Studies: Creating and Understanding Story Mountains, Readers Expect Characters to Face-and React to-Trouble, and Readers Notice the Roles Secondary Characters Play in the Main Character’s Journey.

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> I can create a story mountain and recognize my characters problem.

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> Read Aloud-“Because of Winn Dixie”

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> Science- In science, we are learning how to measure matter using hands-on experiments.

> I can use tools to measure mass, volume, and density.

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> Mentor Sentences- “Because of Winn Dixie”- contractions

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> Words Their Way- Test is March 8th.

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> Writer's Workshop-  Creative and Imaginative Writing.

> I can publish my “In 20 Years” story and celebrate my creative writing!

Here’s what is coming up this week:

 

Week of Feb 26th, Dr Seuss Week Please sing up ASAP!

http://www.armstrongpta.org/

 

 

 

Looking ahead:

 

Week of Mar 5th, early moving for front office, art room, technology room, and small group intervention office

 

Week of Mar 5th, Nutrition Week

 

Tue, Mar 6th, Primary Election Date, Armstrong polling location

Wed, Mar 7th, Cafeteria Staff Appreciation day

Thu, Mar 8th, 8:30am Auditorium 3rd Grade Musical Performance

 

Week of Mar 12th, Spring Break

 

Upcoming:

Mar 29th, Campus Staff Development, No school for students

Apr 11th, 3:30pm Faculty Meeting – Grade Level Planning Time for 2018-2019

Apr 13th, 1:00-4:00pm Early Release – Grade Level Planning Time for 2018-2019

 

 

 

Week 25

 

Math Workshop—represent fractions on a number line using concrete models, determine the missing fraction point on a number line, compare fractions using concrete models

I can use fraction bars to build a fractional number line and find the missing fraction. I can compare fractions with the same denominators.

 

Reader's Workshop- New Unit-Character Studies: Beginning Book Clubs

I can come contribute to a conversation about a book in a book club.

 

Read Aloud-“Because of Winn Dixie”

 

Science- In science, we are learning about the physical properties of matter.

I can identify differences between states of matter and explain how states can change.  

 

Mentor Sentences- Verdi-italics

 

Words Their Way- Continue studying words, next test is March 8th.

 

Writer's Workshop-  Creative and Imaginative Writing. 

I can continue to use creative writing in past tense to complete my draft for my “In 20 Years” piece. I can revise and edit my creative draft. 

 

Parents,

 

We only have one parent signed up to read to our class next week for Dr. Seuss Week. I know it’s a busy time of year and you may not have even thought about it so please use the link below to sign up:

 

http://www.armstrongpta.org/