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Parents,

We had another great week of learning.  We’ve established routines and are back in the groove of school.  I am looking forward to another great week!

 

 As a Reminder-

*Please send in headphones ASAP

*Conference and Parent Reader sign-ups are live through www.armstrongpta.org

*Send your child with a water bottle  

*Please return Auction envelopes if you are participating

 

Homework-

*Students should be reading 20 minutes a night and filling in their reading log Monday night-Thursday night every week.

*Math homework will be due on Friday.  

 

Dates to Remember:

Friday, September 21st, Early Release at 1pm

September 24-28 Book Fair!

Wednesday, October 3rd- Parent Teacher Conference Day

 

Week 4

Math Workshop— Place Value Unit
We are learning to describe the relationship between places in a base 10 system, show multiple ways to represent the same number, determine when a number is even or odd, round numbers to the nearest 10 or 100

I can continue to deepen my understanding of the place value system.

Reader's Workshop- We are recognizing  places to stop in our books and check for comprehension, envisioning and assembling facts and making predictions in our books.

I can stop and make sure I understand what’s happening in my book and make predictions.

Science- In science, we are looking at different structures plants and animals have that help them survive in their environment.   

I can identify structures in plants and animals that help them to survive in their habitat.

Social Studies- We are focusing on the 3 branches of government to better understand how our system works.

I can identify roles within the 3 branches of government.                                                                     

Words Their Way- Spelling groups start next week September 24

Writer's Workshop-  Crafting True Stories: Drawing on a Repertoire of Strategies. Editing As We Go: Making Sure Others Can Read Our Writing, Rehearsing Storytelling and Leads, Writing Discovery Drafts.

I can choose a seed idea, write a flash draft, and include a strong lead.

Parents,

Thank you for a great Curriculum Night.  I enjoyed the opportunity to share information about 3rd grade and getting to share more about myself and my philosophy.  Again, I know it will be a great year of learning and growth!

 

 As a Reminder-

*Please send in headphones ASAP

*Conference and Parent Reader sign-ups are live through armstrongpta.org

*Send your child with a water bottle  

*Auction Envelopes are going home this week.  Please return ASAP if you are participating. 

 

Homework-

*Students should be reading 20 minutes a night and filling in their reading log Monday night-Thursday night every week.

*Homework starts this week.  As a reminder, we will rotate weeks between math and reading.  This week is a reading week and homework will be due on Friday.  

 

Dates to Remember:

Wednesday, September 12th, Individual Picture Day

Friday, September 14th, Armstrong Auction Preview Party at 7pm

Friday, September 21st, Early Release at 1pm

September 24-28 Book Fair!

Friday, October 3rd- Parent Teacher Conferences

 

Week 3

Math Workshop— Place Value Unit

We will continue to represent numbers using standard form, written form, expanded form and expanded notation, demonstrate how to represent numbers in more than one way, and compare and order numbers using <, >, or = symbols up to the hundred thousands place.

I can order and compare numbers to the hundred thousands place using >, <, or = symbols.

Reader's Workshop- We are continuing to set up systems in our classroom for building a reading life and officially opening our class library!

I can set reading goals and pick out just right books.

Science- In science lab, students will be looking at the structure and function of conifer and deciduous trees.

I can show how plants have different structures and functions.  

Social Studies- We are learning about communities, big and small.  In addition, we are focusing on the 3 branches of government to better understand how our system works.

I can identify roles within the 3 branches of government.                                                                 

Words Their Way (Spelling) -We are currently working to create spelling groups.  Spelling will start soon.

Writer's Workshop-  Crafting True Stories: Drawing on a Repertoire of Strategies. Editing As We Go: Making Sure Others Can Read Our Writing, Rehearsing Storytelling and Leads, Writing Discovery Drafts.

I can use a storyteller’s voice when writing a story.

Parents,

We had another wonderful week of learning! Your student is learning while being challenged in new and exciting ways to try their best in all subjects. I have seen an eagerness and excitement in each of them as they come in each morning.

Your student will need headphones from time to time for the computer, please send those in when you can in a bag labeled with your students first and last name on them.

 Please make sure you are sending your student with a water bottle each day. You should have also noticed that your student is bringing their blue Take Home Folder Home each night, they should be reading for 20 minutes and logging it on their reading log. A student asked me this week if it was ok if they had a parent fill the log out, and I ask the student to do it themselves. We hope to foster a strong sense of responsibility this year as your student makes the jump to a 3rd grader. Thank you for your continued support.

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Important Message from our Campus Instructional Technologist: 

It has come to our attention that some parents with Gmail accounts can’t get HPISD emails or they are very delayed.  One way to resolve this is for the parent to “whitelist” or “trust” the HPISD email address within their Gmail account. Below is a video link explaining how to “whitelist” HPISD emails in Gmail. Please feel free to share with parents, especially if you have heard that they are not getting your emails. Thank you for spreading the word!

How to see HPISD emails on Gmail

 

Brandi TeGrootenhuis

Campus Instructional Technologist

Armstrong Elementary

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Dates to Remember:

Monday, September 3rd,  No School

Thursday, September 6th, Curriculum Night 5-5:50, 6-6:50

Friday, September 15th, Armstrong Auction Preview Party at 7pm

Friday, September 21st, Early Release at 1pm

September 24-28 Book Fair!

Tuesday, October 3 Parent Teacher Conferences, Times to be posted on PTA website soon!

 

 

 

Week 3

Math Workshop— Place Value Unit

We will compose, read and write numbers up to the hundred thousands place, write a number to the hundred thousands place using standard form, written form, expanded form and expanded notation, demonstrate how to compose and decompose numbers, demonstrate how to represent numbers in more than one way

I can understand place value up to the hundred thousands place.

 

Reader's Workshop- Learning to read books like they are gold and Finding within Reach books and Reading Tons of Them!

I can read a book on my just right level while reading it like it’s gold!

 

Science- In science lab, students will be looking at the difference between herb and woody stems.

I can see how stems are adapted for their environment.  

 

Science- identify the characteristics of a good citizen and their impact on group decisions in communities.

I can explain my rights and responsibilities as a citizen of Armstrong and the USA.  

                                                                             

Words Their Way-We will be giving each student a Spelling Inventory Assessment and starting Spelling Groups in a few weeks.

 

Writer's Workshop-  Crafting True Stories: Drawing on a Repertoire of Strategies: Writing with Independence, Writers Use a Storyteller's Voice: They Tell Stories, Not Summaries, Taking Stock: Pausing to Ask, "How Am I Doing?"

I can use a Storytellers Voice when writing my story. I can write a story, not a summary.

Week 2

Parents,

Last week was so nice getting a few days to establish our routines and procedures, but we are eager to jump in and start teaching our wonderful curriculum. This week we will begin many beginning of the year assessments so we can meet your child where they are academically.

 

Dates to Remember:

Monday, September 3rd,  No School

Thursday, September 6th Curriculum Night 5-6pm and 6-7pm

Friday, September 14th, Armstrong Auction Preview Party at 6-9pm

Friday, September 21st, Early Release at 1pm

September 24-28 Book Fair!

 

Important Reminders for this week

  • Reading Log—Homework this week is to read nightly for 20 minutes and log on the green reading log in the brads of the folder
  • Decorate writing journal—In writing this week, your child will be given the chance to decorate the front cover of their writing journal with pictures of things/places that would help inspire your child when he/she is stuck on what to write. Your child will be allowed to take home their writing journal each night of this week only to accomplish this task. Please keep the decorations flat (no 3D décor) because it needs to fit in his/her book box with their other journals and folders. Your child MUST bring their journal back to school each day, as we will be starting to write in our journals.
  • All About Me Bag due Friday—your child will bring home a brown paper bag to put 3 things in it that are important to him/her.
  • Memorize ID number—Your child will be using his/her ID number for many things this year. Please have your child memorize their ID number as soon as possible. Their number is taped in their Take Home Folder on the side pocket. 
 
 

Learning Targets for this week---

Math WorkshopPlace Value Unit

We will compose, read and write numbers up to the hundred thousand place, write a number to the hundred thousand place using standard form, written form, expanded form and expanded notation, demonstrate how to compose and decompose numbers, demonstrate how to represent numbers in more than one way

I can understand place value up to the hundred thousands place.

Reader's Workshop- Pre Assessment for Unit 1 in Reading, Learning to Build A Powerful Reading Life and Reading Books like they are gold

I can build a reading life to be a great reader.

Science- In science, students are learning to think like a scientist through problem-solving.   

I can think and solve problems like a scientist.                                

Words Their Way (Spelling)- We will be giving each student a Spelling Inventory Assessment and starting Spelling Groups in a few weeks.

Writer's Workshop-  Crafting True Stories: Finding Ideas for True Stories and Writing Up a Storm. 

I can use my strategies to generate ideas for true stories.

Parents,

Thank you for making Eagle’s Nest successful! It was a pleasure meeting you and your child last night. I am looking forward to a great year of learning.

Thank you for filling out all the forms in the folder last night. If you did not have a chance to finish, please return the forms on tomorrow.

Also, if you did not grab your student’s carpool tag from the table, please grab that tomorrow morning so you have it for carpool.

Kindergarten: 3:15 at Cornell/St. Johns entrance

1st Grade: 3:15 at St. Johns/Byron entrance

2nd Grade: 3:15 at Cornell/St. Johns entrance

3rd Grade: 3:15 at St. Johns/Byron entrance

4th Grade: 3:15 at St. Johns/Byron entrance


Remind:

If you didn’t sign up for Remind please do so you can get Important Reminders from me this year on your phone! 

Text @msunger3rd to 81010 to sign up!

 

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Thanks again for making last night so wonderful, I look forward to seeing your student on tomorrow!

Here is what’s going on this week :

Wednesday, Feb 14th, Class Valentine Party from 2:15-2:45 or end of day. Students do not need to bring a box, we are decorating bags in class. They DO NEED TO BRING VALENTINES to pass out to the class. We have 22 students and I have attached a class roster. If you need me to send home another paper copy, please let me know. Parents are welcome to join us!

 

Looking ahead:

Monday, February 19th, Student Holiday

Thursday or Friday, February 22nd or 23rd, Field Trip to Planetarium from 9:30-11:30—more details about this to come

Friday February 23rd- Wax Museum Presentation 2:30-2:50—Parents are welcome to join us!

 

Monday-Friday, February 26-2 Dr. Seuss Week

March 8th- 3rd Grade Musical performed to parents @ 8:15

Spring Break- Week of March 12-16

 

 

Week 23

Math Workshop- New Unit- Fractions: examples and non-examples of fractions, learn the difference between fractions of a whole and a set, represent fractions with denominators of 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8 using concrete objects and pictorial models

I can define a fraction as being a part of a whole and represent fractions using models.

 

Reader's Workshop- New Unit-Character Studies

I can notice how the character talks and acts in a story and make a theory.

Read Aloud-“Because of Winn Dixie”

 

Science- In science lab, students will learn what UV rays are and how they are harmful.   

I can understand how UV rays can be harmful and how to protect myself.

 

Mentor Sentences-Olive My Love, adjectives describing nouns, simple subject and predicate

 

Words Their Way- Test this Thursday!

 

Writer's Workshop- New Unit: Creative and Imaginative Writing

I can draft an imaginative story.

Here’s what is coming up:

Looking ahead:

Week of Feb 5th, Kindness Week

Week of Feb 5th, Valenkinds Sales

Week of Feb 5th, TAG Testing

 

Tuesday, February 6th, Principals Brown Bag Lunch @ 11:30

Monday, February 19th, Student Holiday

Monday-Friday, February 26-2 Dr. Seuss Week

 

Week 21

Math Workshop- read a word problem and determine whether to use multiplication or division, demonstrate multiplication and division strategies such as equal groups, repeated addition, arrays, area models, number lines and strip diagrams 

I can solve multiplication and division word problems using multiple strategies.  

Reader's Workshop- Poetry Unit- Explain and identify:  inferences and forms of poetry.

I can make inferences in a poem and identify forms of poetry.

Read Aloud-Poetry

Science- This week, we are continuing to explore the planets while learning about constellations. 

I can accurately order the planets and understand how stars make constellations.   

Mentor Sentences-Groundhog Gets a Say—conjunctions, compound sentences, that vs who

Words Their Way- Test on Thursday

Writer's Workshop- Poetry Unit: Figurative Language (Metaphors, Onomatopoeia, Alliteration, Hyperbole, Personification), Different Types of Poems (List, Acrostic, etc.)

I can add figurative language to my poems and write different types of poems.

Here’s what is coming up:

Friday, January 26th, Early release at 1:00

 

Tuesday, February 6th, Principals Brown Bag Lunch @ 11:30

Monday, February 19th, Student Holiday

Monday-Friday, February 26-2 Dr. Seuss Week

 

Week 20

Math Workshop- multiplication strategies using partial products, open arrays, and standard algorithm.

I can multiply a 2-digit by a 1-digit multiplication problem using multiple strategies.

Reader's Workshop- Poetry Unit- Explain and identify:  main messages, dialogue and rhyme in poetry.

I can find the main messages in poetry and understand dialogue and rhyme.

Read Aloud-Poetry

Science- We are continuing our journey through the Solar System by learning more about the 8 planets

I can understand characteristics of the 8 planets that orbit the sun. 

Mentor Sentences-Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco Identifying Onomatopoeia and Personification

 Words Their Way- New words come home this week!

 Writer's Workshop- Poetry Unit: Poets find a small moment/object that holds a BIG feeling, Writers Look with Poets eyes, Line Breaks and Stanzas

I can find a small moment that holds a BIG feeling. I can look with a poet's eye. 

Here’s what is coming up:

Thu, Jan 18, 3:30pm Auditorium, Armstrong Spelling Bee

 

Friday, January 26th, Early release at 1:00

Tuesday, February 6th, Principals Brown Bag Lunch @ 11:30

Monday, February 19th, Student Holiday Monday-Friday,

February 26-2 Dr. Seuss Week

 

 

Week 19

Math Workshop- read a word problem and determine whether to use multiplication or division, demonstrate multiplication and division strategies such as equal groups, repeated addition, arrays, area models, number lines and strip diagrams

I can solve and represent multiplication and division word problems using models.

Reader's Workshop- Poetry Unit- Explain and identify: imagery, synonyms and antonyms and main messages in poetry.

I can explain and identify: imagery, synonyms and antonyms and main messages in poetry.

Read Aloud-Poetry

Science- This week we are starting a journey into the Solar System with a focus on the sun.

I can identify needs for the sun and understand the size of the sun in comparison to the planets.

Mentor Sentences- The Wretched Stone—Conjunctions, adjectives, figurative language

Words Their Way- New words will come home Wednesday, January 17th.

Writer's Workshop- Poetry Unit: Introduction to Poetry, Where Poems Hide, Taking One Place/Word and Writing Long, Poet's "Territories"

I can find where poems hide and write long on a simple idea.

 

Welcome back! Happy New Year to you all and I am looking forward to a great second semester!

We will be wrapping up our Mystery Unit next week and plan to have a celebration on Tuesday, January 16th by playing the board game, “Clue” during our reading time. If your student has the game, would you be willing to label the box and let us borrow it? You can send it with your student anytime between now and then. Thank you for your continued support! 

Here’s what is coming up:

Monday, January 15th MLK Jr Day No School

Friday, January 26th, Early release at 1:00

Tuesday, February 6th, Principals Brown Bag Lunch @ 11:30

Monday, February 19th, Student Holiday

Monday-Friday, February 26-2 Dr. Seuss Week

 

Week 18

Math Workshop- division strategies using equal groups, repeated addition, arrays, area models, and number lines, strip diagrams

I can model and solve division problems through different models 

 

Reader's Workshop- Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise: Finding Hidden Clues, Figuring out what Kind of Mind Work the Mystery wants the Reader to do, Applying the work of one kind of Fiction to all Fiction and Solving Mysteries that Relate to Character and Plot

I can find hidden clues in mysteries using mind work and relate one kind of fiction to other kinds.

Read Aloud-Whodunit Mystery

 

Science- This week we are learning about weather tools and different weather patterns across the U.S.

I understand how weather tools are used to make predictions. 

 

Mentor Sentences- The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, Conjunctions and Independent clauses

 

Words Their Way- No Spelling Words this week. Students will be placed in groups this week and new words will come home Tuesday, January 16th.

 

Writer's Workshop- Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Petitions, and Editorials. Assessing and Preparing for Publication, Goal Setting with More Independence. 

I can proofread my work, receive help from a partner, and publish my final essay.

Here’s what is coming up:

Dec 6th – Dec 20th, PAWS collecting socks, tights, and diapers Fri, Dec 22nd, Class Parties 9:30-10 More info to come!

Fri, Dec. 15th, In class Spelling Bee (Please see email sent today)

Fri, Dec. 22 Class Party 9:30-10:00

Fri, Dec 22nd, 1:00pm Student Early Release

Mon, Jan 8th, First Day of 2nd Semester, expect construction fence and front entrance closed, use alternate entrance

 

Here is what’s happening in our room this week:

Week 16

Math Workshop- multiplication strategies using equal groups, repeated addition, arrays, area models, and number lines  

I can model and solve multiplication problems through different models.

 

Reader's Workshop- Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise: Holding onto the Mystery, Even When the Book Is Long and Tricky, How Mystery Books Go, Reading On, Influenced by Knowing How Mysteries Usually Go, Raising the Level Of Partner Talk.

I can use reading strategies to write and talk about my mystery and I can collaborate with my partner to solve a mystery.

 

Read Aloud- “The Absent Author”

 

Science- In science lab, we will be looking at the formation of igneous rocks.

I can understand how plate tectonics causes changes to the Earth.  

 

Social Studies-I can identify features of a map including directions, legend and scale.

 

Mentor Sentences- Owl Moon

figurative language, compound subjects and predicates, possessive pronouns

Words Their Way- Spelling Bee words this week

 

Writer's Workshop- Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Petitions, and Editorials.

Organizing and categorizing, Proving by Showing, Writers Select and Discard Material, Paragraphing to Organize our Drafts.

I can organize my draft, give strong examples, and discard unnecessary information.

 

Happy Monday,

Please remember the 3rd grade will be walking to HPMS this Tuesday, December 5th around 12:45-2 to enjoy a drama. The weather looks like it might be chilly, please make sure your student dresses accordingly.

You will notice an "Array Homework" page attached to the normal page this week your student will be learning all about arrays this week and should be able to identify them all around. Please remember that your student can draw the arrays they identify if for some reason they can't be printed at home. As always, homework is to support what we are doing in class and should allow the student to recall from the previous week (with the exception of this fun activity this week to aid in learning multiplication) what they have learned. Never should a student labor over homework in tears. Please let me know if your student ever needs extra support on Homework. Your student can also circle or star problems that challenge them to the point of frustration and I will gladly go over this with them in class (as long as they let me know).

 

This week is Hour of Code, for more information check out the link below:

https://code.org/learn

This week is Inclusive School Week, for more information check out the link below:

http://inclusiveschools.org/

 

                                                                         

Here’s what is coming up:

Week of Dec 4-8, Inclusive Schools Week

Tue, Dec 5, 11:00am Parent program in auditorium, Keeping Your Children Safe in the Real and Virtual World, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, internet safety Tue, Dec 5, 1:00pm 3rd graders field trip to HPMS for drama presentation

 

Looking ahead:

Dec 6th – Dec 20th, PAWS collecting socks, tights, and diapers

Fri, Dec 22nd, Class Parties 9:30-10 More info to come!

Fri, Dec 22nd, 1:00pm Student Early Release

 

Here is what’s happening in our room this week:

Week 15

Math Workshop- Introduction into multiplication, strategies using equal groups, repeated addition, arrays, and area models

I can make observations about multiplication situations all around me.

Reader's Workshop- Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise: When the Going Gets Tough, Readers Need Strategies, Thoughtful Writing and Talking about Reading, Mystery Readers, Like Crime Solvers, Often Collaborate with Partners to Solve Mysteries.

I can use reading strategies to write and talk about my mystery and I can collaborate with my partner to solve a mystery.

Read Aloud- “The Absent Author”

Science- In science lab, we will be looking at the formation of metamorphic and sedimentary rock through weathering and time.

I can identify how sedimentary and metamorphic rock are formed.

Social Studies- I can learn about and create an Inclusive School.

Mentor Sentences- "The Absent Author" 

Words Their Way- Test this Thursday!

Writer's Workshop- Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Petitions, and Editorials.

Considering the Audience to Say More, Editing as You Go, Taking Stock and Setting Goals, and Gathering All You Know About Your Opinion.

I can directly address my audience and edit as I write.

Welcome back, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
 
                                                                                          
Here’s what is coming up:
Fri, Dec 1, prepare for construction fence, begin no parking on Byron, no access to front door
 
Week of Dec 4-8, Inclusive Schools Week
Tue, Dec 5, 11:00am Parent program in auditorium, Keeping Your Children Safe in the Real and Virtual World, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, internet safety
Tue, Dec 5, 1:00pm 3rd graders field trip to HPMS for drama presentation
 
Here is what’s happening in our room this week:
Week 14
Math Workshop- addition and subtraction strategies integrated into money situations
I can demonstrate my knowledge of addition and subtraction strategies and apply this knowledge to money.
 
Reader's Workshop- Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise: Drawing on All We Know about Solving Mysteries to Read Mysteries, Trying to Solve the Mystery Before the Crime Solver does, Predicting in Mystery Text.
I can read mystery books and make predictions based on all I know.
Read Aloud- “The Absent Author”
 
Science- In science lab, we will be looking at watersheds and determine how they are helpful to the community. 
I can identify a watershed and determine how it is useful. 
 
Social Studies-
I can identify features of a map including directions, legend, and scale. 
 
Words Their Way- New words this week, Test next Thursday.
Writer's Workshop- The Art of Information Writing: A Final Celebration (published essays!)
I can use my knowledge about Nonfiction Writing to teach others.

Here’s what is coming up:

Wed-Fri, Nov. 22-24 Thanksgiving Break

 

Here is what’s happening in our room this week:

Week 13

Math Workshop- addition and subtraction strategies with money

I can demonstrate my knowledge of addition and subtraction strategies and apply this knowledge to money.

Reader's Workshop- Reading to Learn: Grasping Main Idea and Text Structures- Identifying When a Text is Hybrid Nonfiction and Adjusting Accordingly and Becoming your Own Reading Coach

I can recognize signs that an author leaves to help me read with the right lens.

I can use the Learning Progression to form a  main idea.

Read Aloud- Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

Science- In science lab, we will be looking at landforms to compare the physical features.

I can identify landform features and describe why they are important.

Social Studies- Describing other cultural celebrations and the regions where they  are celebrated.

I can understand why we celebrate Thanksgiving.

Mentor Sentences-No mentor sentence this week due to the short week!

Words Their Way-No words this week due to the short week!

Writer's Workshop- The Art of Information Writing: 

I can use facts to write my own opinion of the most important part of Thanksgiving.