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Hi, I'm Shelly Duer and this will be my 12th year teaching math in HISD and my 17th year in education.  I am a life long resident of Huntsville, TX and  have been happily married for 22 years.  I have 3 wonderful children ages 13, 17, and 20.   My oldest daughter attends Texas Womens University in Denton and was a graduate of Huntsville High School. I graduated from Sam Houston State University and have a passion and love for math and learning.  I have an open door policy and believe that with open communication, we can all have a successful school year.  I look forward to getting to know you and your child.  
Shelly Duer
4th Grade Math/Science Teacher
Conference time: 9:55-10:55 Monday thru Friday

Recent Posts

Let me begin by saying that I hope everyone had a wonderful break and I look forward to seeing your child on Monday, January 9th.  We will be hitting the ground running and I look forward to seeing him/her grow even more than they already have.  Below is what we will be working on in each subject for the next couple of weeks.
Jan. 9-13: We will be focusing on tables and word problems.  With tables we will be looking for patterns using all the operations (addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication) as well as being able to extend tables and patterns.  We will of course be working on word problems daily, one and two step, as well as using all the operations.
Jan. 17-20:  We will be focusing on word problems using the four operations as well as two step problems.  This will include graphs (dot plots, bar, picto, and frequency tables) as well as solving equations when their is a missing factor, product, addend, sum, difference, dividend, divisor or quotient.  
Jan. 9-13: Begin discussion on how landforms can change quickly.  Specifically we will be looking at and discussing hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, landslides, and earthquakes.
Jan. 17-20: Continue discussion on how landforms can change quickly - tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and review previously ones.
Jan. 9-13: We will be taking a look at who can be a hero and how inventors have changed the world.  Some figures we will be discussing include Sally Ride, Cyprus McCormick, George Washington Carver, Benjamin Banneker, and Maria Mitchell.
Jan. 17-20: We will discuss and explore why we need rules and how we can keep our community safe - police officers, firemen and women, paramedics, and crossing guards.
Wednesday, January 11th - report cards will be coming home for the second nine weeks.  Please sign the envelope and return to school on the 12th.
Monday, January 16th - School Holiday
Friday, February 3rd - Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences.  The kids will not come to school on this day.  More information and schedules will be coming home soon.
Pencils.  We are really running low and the school year is only half over.  If you have any extra at home or could possibly grab some when you are at the store next time, it would be greatly appreciated!  
As always, I am only an email away.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me should you have any questions at all. 

Christmas is near:

Just wanted to send out a few reminders of some up coming events:
Winter party letters went home earlier this week.  If you have not received one, please ask your child about it or email me asking what is needed.
Monday, December 19 - Holiday and Pajama Day:
Students may wear their pj's to school as well as bring a small blanket and pillow. Please make sure that pj's are school appropriate.  If the students have any Christmas books at home, they may bring them to school as well.
Tuesday, December 20:
- Winter party items are due
-Students may wear reindeer antlers to school and red/green clothing
-Winter musical (wear white shirts)
        - A-M arrive 4:30 for performance at 5:00
        - N-Z arrive at 6:30 for performance at 7:00
-Cocoa with Santa after performances
Wednesday, December 21:
- Students may wear Santa hats
- Students will eat lunch in the classroom - sack lunches may be purchased
- Winter Party 12:30-1:15
- Early Dismissal at 1:30
-  Last tower hour of this year (ask your child about this awesome fun reward)
I hope everyone has a fun, relaxing, and joyous break.  I look forward to seeing the students back on Monday, January 9th.
As always, I am only a phone call, email, or text away should you have any questions at all!

December News

In Class:
Math - now until Christmas we will be working on word problems.  Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division.  This will include 1 and 2 step problems as well as rounding.
Social Studies - we will be working on a Christmas Around the World unit until Christmas break
Friday, December 9th - Math CFA - multiplication and division
Monday, December 19th - PJ day
Wednesday, December 22:
                     - Christmas Party 12:30-1:30
                     - Early Release @ 1:30
School will resume for students on Monday, January 9th.
What we need:   We are in need of pencils.  If you happen to have any extra at home or could pick some up that would be great.  Thank you so much for all your help and support.

Math thru September 29th

We have hit the ground running in math and we are learning new material daily.  We just finished rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100 and now we are diving into word problems.  We will be looking at word problems in depth until the 29th of this month.  However, word problems will be part of our everyday in math from this day forward.  This week we are really focusing on reading word problems and asking ourselves what operation is it asking me ( addition or subtraction) and how many steps are needed to solve the problem, 1 or 2?  We are also taking a look at how to solve word problems in many different ways.  The wonderful thing about math is.........there are always countless ways to solve problems! There isn't a wrong or a right because we all think and problem solve differently.  Some of the methods we will be learning about and modeling include number sentences, strip diagrams, pictorial, and number lines.  I have shown examples below just to give you an idea of some of the methods.  Please just keep in mind there are countless others.
                                 (600+300) + (70+20) +(8+1)
                                        321-21      678+21=699
You could also draw a number line that begins at 678. Then show it jumping 100 (778), 200 (878), then 300 to arrive at 978.  Then, jump 10 (988), 20 to to arrive at 998.  Lastly, jump one more to arrive at the answer 999.  Number lines are an awesome strategy and uses prior knowledge of place value to arrive at answers.
Pictorial form would be drawing the base ten blocks on place value mats to model each number being used then regrouping if necessary to arrive at a final answer.
The most important thing is that children understand that we can solve problems in many, many different ways.  One way is not better than another, it's just a different way of thinking or problem solving.  Some methods will make sense to the students and others may not be as easy. I always encourage the students to pick the technique or strategy that works well for them and use that one.
Please know that I am here to help make this the best year yet for your child!  Do not hesitate to call or email me with any questions or concerns that you may have, that's why I'm here

Materials Needed

I sent home a letter today requesting a few materials for our mixture lab this next week in Science.  We are in need of Chex cereal, mini marshmallows, pretzel sticks, semi-sweet chocolate chips, gold fish, and sandwich bags.  If you are to help by bringing one of these items that would be awesome!  We need them by Wednesday, September 14th please.  Thank you for your help and support.

Quick Reminders

Tuesday Folders - will be coming home each Tuesday with the previous weeks work in it.  Please look over the work and send the folder back to school each Wednesday.
Math Homework: Will come home each Monday or first day of the week if Monday was a holiday/staff development day.  Homework is due back by Friday.  The children can choose to do all the home work in one night, 2 nights, 3 nights, etc.  What ever fits your after school schedule the best. Just please have the students return it by Friday.  It is an awesome way for them to continue to spiral what  we have learned in class and are working on all at the same time.
Water bottles: children may bring a water bottle to school as long as it has a lid.  
Newsletters: Will come home monthly.  The first one was sent home last week.

Math: August 22 - September 2

In Math these first 2 weeks we will be working on place value to 99,999. We will begin by composing and decomposing numbers using pictures and concrete objects (base 10 blocks).  We will then move into modeling expanded form, word form, and standard form when modeling numbers. For example: for the number 24,047
Standard form: 24,047
Word form :Twenty four thousand forty-seven
Pictorial: (we would draw the base 10 blocks needed)
Expanded form: 20,000 + 4,000 + 40 + 7
The students will also compare numbers using greater than, less, than and equal to as well as ordering groups of numbers greatest to least and least to greatest.  The  children will also be introduced to the problem solving model, how to use it when solving word problems and math stations.
If you are wanting to help your child at home, please begin by practicing addition and subtraction facts with your child.  These really need to be memorized and recalled quickly, no fingers. This will really help them when we move into multiplication and division as well as help them with problem solving in general.  Most of the Dollar Stores in town have flashcards you can purchase or there are several apps and websites that practice these skills as well.  Look for a new tab soon that will list apps and webpages.