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In the Classroom 1/16-1/19

posted Jan 16, 2018, 1:56 PM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:

This week in kindergarten we have a variety of themes.  We will be discussing Martin Luther King and listening to stories by Ezra Jack Keats.  We will also be exploring sound.  Students will get to experiment with different instruments and see how sound works.  In math, we are continuing our work with addition.  In writing, we are beginning our persuasive unit.  Students will be writing opinion stories and defending their opinions.  


1st grade:  

Happy New Year! Our first graders have set some new learning goals for 2018 and are ready to work diligently towards those goals!


In reading we continue to employ a variety of reading strategies to decode text.  Please take time to practice first grade sight words and hunks-and-chunks.  It’s important that you are set aside time to read with your child for at least 15 minutes each day.  


In writing workshop, children are composing informational stories, teaching their readers about a topic.  Students are continuing to work on forming complete sentences with correct capitalization, punctuation and spacing.


Our mathematicians have been busy adding and subtracting numbers using multiple strategies. Students are using their understanding of place value and properties of operations to add and subtract.  We launched a new math unit on nonstandard measurement and comparing numbers.  Some fun math read alouds you can enjoy at home with your child include: Me and the Measure of Things by Joan Sweeney, How Big is a Foot by Rolf Myller, Actual Size by Steve Jenkins and Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy.


2nd grade:

It’s hard to believe that we are already starting the third quarter of the school year!   In reading, students are starting to read biographies.  Students will learn about many famous Americans this quarter.  We will work on skills like making timelines, sequencing events, comparing and contrasting, and finding the main idea when reading.  This week, students are reading biographies about Martin Luther King, Jr.


In writing, students will continue to work on informational writing.  We are writing all about the seasons this week.    


In math, students continue to take math fact quizzes twice a week.  The goal for the end of the year is for students to pass all of their quizzes to +9 and -9!  Students continue to work on adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers.


3rd grade:

Welcome to 3rd quarter!  Report cards will be sent home on Tuesday, January 16! The students will be taking their MAP Reading test on January 17 and MAP Math test on January 24.


Students are continuing to work on their individualized spelling words this week as well as the pattern words. They will be sorting, writing rules, using their words in a sentence and looking for words with similar spelling patterns in print.


In reading mini-lessons, students will be working on main idea and details. We will work on ways to find the main idea and details that support the main idea. Students will use the title, repeated words throughout the text and the first and last sentences to determine the main idea.


During language, the students will be working with adverbs.  They will understand that adverbs “add” to the verb.  


This week in math, the third grade students will continue to work on division with specific numbers. The students have been working on several strategies for solving finding quotients such as: creating arrays and bar models, and drawing pictures. We will continue timed multiplication facts tests to help with fluency. Being fluent in multiplication facts makes division much easier, so be sure you are continuing to practice multiplication facts at home with your child. Flashcards and online games are a good way to help the students start to memorize their facts!


In writing, students will be diving into opinion writing.  This week we will be gathering brave, bold opinions through thinking about problems and solutions and helping others see noteworthy people. Students will use these bold opinions to write a thesis and gather reasons and evidence to support their opinion.


The students will continue their Life Cycles unit in Science. They are learning how plants from the past are like plant’s today, how animals are grouped, animal adaptations and how they grow and change.


4th grade:  

Reading: Students are learning to analyze texts for deeper understanding.  Students are reading a variety of nonfiction and fiction passages to find deeper meaning in.  While students are reading, they will be learning about relationships such as cause and effect, determining theme, and inferring what texts are telling us.  


Writing: Students will be writing informational pieces. Research and notetaking will be done on a variety of topics along with citing sources. Fourth graders will use a variety of techniques to organize their information into well-thought out, organized pieces of writing with many non-fiction features such as pictures, maps, and diagrams.


Science: This week, students will begin learning about matter.  Our focus for the next few weeks will be on solids, liquids, and gases.  Also this week, students will be taking the MAP test for science.  


Social Studies:  This week, our fourth graders will be introduced to the Declaration of Independence; who wrote it, why it was written and the ideas in the document. They will gain an understanding of the difficulty of the Continental Congress in agreeing to the contents of the Declaration. Determination and unity was important for the Colonists in order to become a free country and an advantage to the Colonial troops. Students continue to work from Google Classroom, Ohio Studies Weekly and will be having another quiz on the American Revolution the week of January 22nd.


Math:  

Gray Savages (Mr. Gray’s Morning Math Class)-

Monday-No School-Martin Luther King Day.  Tuesday-Midchapter Checkpoint over Lessons 5.1-5.3

Wednesday-Thursday-MAP Testing.  

Friday-Field Trip to the Symphony


Bullhawks (Mr. Gray’s Afternoon Math Class)-

Monday-No School-Martin Luther King Day Day.

Tuesday-Partial Quotients (Lesson 4.8, homework-pages 245 and 246). Wednesday-Thursday-MAP Testing.  

Friday-Divide by 1-Digit Numbers (Lesson 4.11).


Gray Savages (Mr. Kiefer’s morning math class)

Monday and Tuesday-Lesson 4.8, division with partial quotients.  Homework will be pages 245-246 or lesson 4.8 PMT.

Wednesday-Friday-Quiz over lesson 4.8, then lesson 4.9, modeling division with regrouping.  Homework will be pages 251-252 or lesson 4.9 PMT.


Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Monday and Tuesday-Lesson 4.4, divide tens, hundreds, and thousands.  Homework will be pages 219-220 or lesson 4.4 PMT.

Wednesday and Thursday-Lesson 4.6, division with the distributive property.  Homework will be pages 231-232 or lesson 4.6 PMT.

Friday-Lesson 4.8, division with partial quotients.  Homework will be pages 245-246 or lesson 4.8 PMT.


***Note, these are things we expect to complete, but are subject to change as needed.



Specials:

Physical Education: Everyone is doing amazing in PE!  Last week we learned our Luau dance for the Elda PTO dance coming up on January 19th!  The dance will be in the gym at 6:30-8pm!  This week we will continue to practice our dance and begin activities involving throwing, catching, and balance!  Students continue to work on their teamwork and sportsmanship!  Keep it up!  Please don’t forget gym shoes on PE days.


Art: Students in grade three are working on a variety of art show projects. This year’s art show is March 15th.  Please mark your calendars.  Students are also working on Valentines’ Day projects.  Students in grade three are learning the Zentangle type of art.  Students are drawing an ice cream cone in pencil dividing it up into sections then adding organized patterns to fill in.  After sketching their patterns they will outline with black markers and fill in some areas, topping off with a paper valentine.

Happy New Year! Car-rider Dismissal Update

posted Jan 4, 2018, 3:28 PM by Jesse Kohls

Hello Elda families, 

Happy New year!  Please check out this video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/EdFmqBb1vK0

We are looking forward to seeing the students back in school Monday, January 8th.


In the Classroom 12/11-12/15

posted Dec 11, 2017, 12:21 PM by Jesse Kohls


Kindergarten:  

This week in kindergarten our theme is Christmas and holiday traditions. Students will be listening to fictional stories about Christmas and listening to some non fiction stories about the holidays.  In math students are beginning the unit on addition.  In writing workshop students are writing their final narrative stories to show everything they have learned so far in kindergarten!


1st grade:  

Here is a look into what first grade is doing this week!


Daily 5- We will continue implementing spelling activities into our Daily 5 rounds! First graders will work on spelling sight words through mix and fix, rainbow write, spelling sentences, and look/say/cover/write/check.


Math- This week, we will begin Chapter 7! In this chapter, we will begin comparing numbers using less than, greater than, and equal to.


Writing Workshop- This week during writing we will be taking our on demand writing assessment! Students will take what they have learned about realistic fiction and create an exciting realistic fiction story!


Reading workshop- This week in reading workshop, we are using The Grinch while we think and talk about how books grow ideas! We will be working on making connections as well as using adjectives to describe characteristics of different stories characters.



2nd grade:

This is going to be an exciting week in 2nd grade!  Students will be “traveling around the world” to learn about how other countries celebrate the winter holidays!  While in each country, students will learn about the traditions, language, and food.  


Nonfiction texts continues to be the focus for reading!  Students are practicing their comprehension skills before, during, and after reading these books.  Students are working on skills like finding the main idea and details, exploring tricky vocabulary words, identifying the author’s purpose, and asking and answering questions to show that they understand what is being read.


In math, students are learning how to add 3-digit numbers. Students will try a variety of strategies to add these big numbers like drawing pictures of base ten blocks, breaking the numbers apart into expanded form and adding the value of each digit, and the standard algorithm.



3rd grade:  

Students are continuing to work on their individualized spelling words this week as well as the pattern words. They will be sorting, writing rules, using their words in a sentence and looking for words with similar spelling patterns in print.


In reading mini-lessons, students will be able to explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., emphasize aspects of a character or setting).


During language, students will review action verbs and find the correct irregular verbs to complete sentences as well as use irregular verbs in their writing.

Math continues our study of division with more in-depth looks and practice of dividing by specific numbers. The students have been working on several strategies for solving finding quotients such as: creating arrays and bar models, and drawing pictures. Being fluent in multiplication facts makes division much easier, so be sure you are continuing to practice multiplication facts at home with your child.


In writing, students are wrapping up informational writing in preparation for their on-demand writing piece this week for the end of the second quarter. The students have worked together to write some informational pieces; expanding on their ability to take notes, look for important information, and write introductions and conclusions.


Students have begun learning about life cycles in science. The students have read about and discussed plant life cycles and will be moving on to animal life cycles.


4th grade:  

Reading: Students are learning to analyze texts for deeper understanding.  Students are reading a variety of nonfiction and fiction passages to find deeper meaning in.  While students are reading, they will be learning about relationships such as cause and effect, determining theme, and inferring what texts are telling us.  


Writing: Students are continuing to practice opinion writing.  They are practicing adding quotes to prove their reasons, and give good examples of evidence.  


Science: This week, students are going to be learning about how scientists use fossils and how fossils can tell us about the history of Earth.  Later in the week, students will complete an activity about ordering the ages fossils have formed.  Remind your students about the extra credit opportunity if they are interested.  Extra credit is due December 20th.  The assignment is posted on each class’s Google Classroom page for science.


Social Studies:  Fourth graders will continue learning about the events leading up to the American Revolution such as the Stamp Act, the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. Students are reviewing the outcome of the French and Indian War and why Britain wants control of the colonies. We will hold a debate this week and continue working on our board games. Please check Google Classroom for announcements and test dates.

Math:  

Gray Savages (Mr. Gray’s Morning Math Class)-

Monday-Interpreting Remainders (Lesson 4.3-Homework-worksheet outside of the mathbook).  Tuesday-Wednesday-Problem Solving:Multistep Division Problems (Lesson 4.12, homework-pages 269-270 or page 269 and Enrichment 4.12).  

Thursday-Model Factors (Lesson 5.1).  

Friday-Quiz over Traditional Divisional, Interpreting Remainders, and Multistep Division Problems (Lessons 4.11, 4.3, and 4.12).


Bullhawks (Mr. Gray’s Afternoon Math Class)-

Monday-Problem Solving:  Multiplying Two-Digit Numbers (Lesson 3.7, homework-pages 187-188).

Tuesday-Divide Tens, Hundreds, and Thousands (Lesson 4.4, homework-pages 219-220 or page 220 and Enrichment 4.4).  

Wednesday-Distributive Property of Division (Lesson 4.6).  

Thursday-Quiz over Traditional Method of Multiplication, Choosing a Method of Multiplication, and Multistep Multiplication Problems (Lessons 3.5, 3.6, 3.7).  

Friday-Distributive Property of Division (Lesson 4.6, homework-pages 231-232).


Gray Savages (Mr. Kiefer’s morning math class)

Monday and Tuesday-Quiz over 3.5-3.7, then lesson 4.4, divide tens, hundreds, and thousands.  Homework will be pages 219-220 or lesson 4.4 PMT.

Wednesday and Thursday-Lesson 4.6, division with the distributive property.  Homework will be pages 231-232 or lesson 4.6 PMT.

Friday-Lesson 4.8, division with partial quotients.  Homework will be pages 245-246 or lesson 4.8 PMT.


Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Monday and Tuesday-Lesson 3.6, choose a multiplication method.  Homework will be pages 181-182 or lesson 3.6 PMT.

Wednesday and Thursday-Lesson 4.4, divide tens, hundreds, and thousands.  Homework will be pages 219-220 or lesson 4.4 PMT.


***Note, these are things we expect to complete, but are subject to change as needed.


Specials:

Physical Education: This week in PE, we will be celebrating Christmas in the gym!  Students will be trying to steal the presents back from the Grinch and bring them back to Whoville!  We will work on our scooter skills, chasing, fleeing, and dodging!  All students continue to improve their sportsmanship and teamwork!  Keep up the amazing work in PE!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days!  


Art: Students in grade one are completing mixed media snowmen.  They are adding button eyes, construction paper, and crayon for snow on a blue paper.  Students are also finishing paper collage Santas.  Our first grade classes created polar bear drawings. Students drew a snowy scene on blue paper then drew a polar bear on white paper outlined with black marker and cut it out.


Music:

1st Grade: The first graders have continued working on their steady beats in song.  They learned a new music term, rhythm.  1st grade was able to find what the rhythm notes Ta and Ta-di look like.  1st Graders started labeling classroom instruments into different families.  All of the music room instruments are members of the percussion family.  But we also have the Woods, Metals, Drums, and Shakers.


2nd Grade: We have started working on our Concert.  Our concert will be called Winter Wonderland and will be about all kinds of things that happen during the winter months.  The 2nd grade concert will be on December 4th, at 7pm at Ross High School.


3rd Grade: Now that the concert is over 3rd grade is hard at work learning all kinds of Halloween/Spooky songs.  Students learned Ghost of John, Skin & Bones, and moved to the Frankensteins and Spiders story.  3rd graders learned that music that sounds spooky or sad could be called Minor sounding music.  But most music we sing sounds happy it is called Major music.


4th Grade: We have begun working on our Recorders.  All students are able to use recorders during music class.  If you have paid your school fees then your students received their own Recorder to use.  We have learned the notes C and are working on our A notes.  4th graders are also continuing to work on playing melodies and ostinatos on the barred instruments.  In November students will be learning some Native American songs and facts about their culture.


**Car-rider Dismissal Up-date**

posted Dec 8, 2017, 7:46 AM by Jesse Kohls

We will continue to work hard to ensure the safety of the children and community we serve.  Beginning Monday, January 8th we will be moving to a 'rolling dismissal' for car-riders.  Please see the information below.  More information will be provided later, and we will be discussing this change at our next PTO meeting, Tuesday Dec. 12th.  Thank you for your flexibility and for helping us do everything we can to make Elda as safe as possible!


Elda Families,


We continue to review our safety procedures at Elda.  The safety of your children is at the top of our priority list and we do our best to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep Elda as safe as possible.  The last couple of years we have been looking at our parent pick-up/car-rider dismissal and this is a topic that has been discussed at the Ross Safety Committee meetings as well.  Parent pick-up/car-rider dismissal is an area we see an opportunity to improve our safety procedures.  We want to be efficient, but most importantly we want to be as safe as possible.


Some of our biggest concerns with our current dismissal system are:

  • The number of people we have coming in and out of our building at the end of the day

  • Students/families/children walking through the parking lot

  • The pick-up process in the cafe between children and families

  • Cars cutting through the parking lot to get to/from parking spaces


We have been reviewing our process and we have been looking at other schools’ processes/procedures.  With that being said, we think we can deeply improve the safety of our school by updating our parent pick-up/car-rider process.  We will be implementing a rolling dismissal. Basically, what we are going to do is approach end of day car-rider/ parent pick-up the same way we approach morning drop-off.  Families will line-up on Beechwood Dr. and pull into the parking lot.  They will follow the same circle that morning drop-off follows.  Cars will then exit onto Elda Dr.  Please check out the map below to see the route we are describing.  


Elda staff members will be in the parking lot to help with this process.  To ensure we are moving as efficiently as possible we will use a number system to match students to families.  


We will be discussing this process at our PTO meeting on Tuesday, December 12th.  The PTO meeting is in the Elda Media Center at 7:00pm.  We will also be sharing a Youtube video message from the principal explaining this change.    


We understand this will be a big change for us… change is always a challenge, but we believe moving to a rolling dismissal is what is best for our school and our students.  Once we have this dismissal implemented and the kinks worked out, we are confident we will improve the safety of our school.


We will implement this change when we return from break.  The first day of our rolling dismissal for parent pick-up/car-riders will be Monday, January 8, 2018.


We are thrilled about the changes we have made to improve the safety of our building and we are excited about taking yet another step to help ensure we are being as safe as possible!  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we move to a rolling dismissal.  


As always, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.  


Thank you again for your support and understanding!  


We truly want to do everything we can to ensure the safety of your children!






In the Classroom 12/4 - 12/8

posted Dec 4, 2017, 3:09 PM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:  

This week in kindergarten our theme is Gingerbread Men.  Students will be listening to gingerbread stories and discussing the setting, character, problem, and solution. We will be comparing the stories and talking all about the different versions of the stories. In math students are continuing to make combinations of 10 and are comparing sets of numbers less than 10.  Students are adding more information to their narrative stories and are continuing to practice everything they have learned the first half of the year in preparation for our final narrative writing assessment.


1st grade:  

Here is a look into what first grade is doing this week!


Daily 5- first graders are excited to begin our spelling program this week as apart of our Daily 5 rounds. Last week we took a spelling assessment and this week we will begin practicing those sight words through spelling activities during word work! We are also taking a look at synonyms and continuing to practice using and finding adjectives in our reading and writing.


Math- This week, we are taking our Chapter 6 GoMath! test. This assessment focuses on place value to identify numbers, counting by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s as well as touching on greater than and less than. Lots of exciting things happening this week in math!


Writing Workshop- This week we will continue working with realistic fiction stories. First graders are hard at work when it comes to thinking up fiction stories that could really happen! Be sure to ask your first grader about their series stories!


Reading workshop- This week in reading workshop, we are using the focus of Gingerbread men to look at story elements. We will use a range of books such as The Gingerbread Man, The Gingerbread Cowboy, The Gingerbread Baby and a few more! We will look at these books to compare and contrast story elements!


2nd grade:

Happy December!  We have only three short weeks and a lot of work to finish before 2018 arrives!  To kick off the month of December, 2nd grade has their music performance tonight at 7!  Students are excited to show their parents all of the songs they have been learning in music class.  In reading, students are finding the main idea and details in informational texts.  They are using the title, pictures, and other nonfiction text features to get a good idea of the main topic before they even read.  During reading, they look for words that repeat over and over and also at the beginning and ending of paragraphs to try to find the main idea.  After they finished reading, they ask themselves, “What was this book mostly about?” to find the main idea.  We will also practice using context clues to understand tricky vocabulary words.  

In math, students are subtracting 2 digit numbers using a variety of strategies.  We are also working on solving one and two step word problems with 2 digit subtraction.

In writing, students are writing informational texts.  They are writing all about books that include a table of contents and several sections or chapters!  It’s going to be a great week!


3rd grade:  

Students are continuing to work on their individualized spelling words this week as well as the pattern words. They will be sorting, writing rules, using their words in a sentence and looking for words with similar spelling patterns in print.


In reading mini-lessons, we will be using text evidence and schema to make inferences. Students will start the week by looking at “clues,” to make inferences (bag of trash, bags of related items, etc.). We will then move to short films, photographs and finally print. These experiences will help students take text evidence + schema to make a solid inference.


During language, the students will continue to work on reviewing and expanding their knowledge of adjectives. The students will identify adjectives in sentences.


Math continues our study of multiplication. Next week in math, the third grade students will be shifting their focus from multiplication to division.  Flashcards are a good way to help the students start to memorize their facts!


In writing, students will continue working on informational writing and finding what they are experts in. Students will continue writing chapters from their table of contents. Students will work towards writing over an extended period of time. We will study mentor text structure and work to enhance our writing with details, fun facts and imagery.


4th grade:  

Reading: Students are learning to analyze texts for deeper understanding.  Students are reading a variety of nonfiction and fiction passages to find deeper meaning in.  While students are reading, they will be learning about relationships such as cause and effect, determining theme, and inferring what texts are telling us.  


Writing: Students are continuing to practice opinion writing.  They are practicing adding quotes to prove their reasons, and give good examples of evidence.  


Science: This week, students are going to be learning about how scientists use fossils and how fossils can tell us about the history of Earth.  Later in the week, students will complete an activity about ordering the ages fossils have formed.  Remind your students about the extra credit opportunity if they are interested.  Extra credit is due December 20th.  The assignment is posted on each class’s Google Classroom page for science.


Social Studies:  Fourth graders will be learning about the events leading up to the American Revolution such as the Stamp Act, the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. Students are reviewing the outcome of the French and Indian War and why Britain wants control of the colonies. We will hold a debate this week and continue working on our board games. Please check Google Classroom for announcements and test dates.

Math:  

Gray Savages (Mr. Gray’s Morning Math Class)-Monday-Quiz over Dividing Tens, Hundreds, and Thousands and Division and the Distributive Property (Lessons 4.4 and 4.6)  Tuesday-Wednesday-Divide by One-Digit Numbers (Lesson 4.11 with a little bit of  4.9 and 4.10 thrown in, homework-pages 263-264 or page 264 and Enrichment 4.11.  Thursday-Quiz over Partial Quotients (Lesson 4.8).  Friday-Interpreting Remainders (Lesson 4.3)


Bullhawks (Mr. Gray’s Afternoon Math Class)-Monday-Multiply with Regrouping (Lesson 3.5, homework-pages 175-176).  

Tuesday-Choose A Multiplication Method (Lesson 3.6, homework-pages 181-182 or page 182 and Enrichment 3.6).  

Wednesday-Quiz over Area Model of Multiplication and Partial Products (Lessons 3.3 and 3.4).  Thursday-Friday-Problem Solving:  Multiplying Two-Digit Numbers (Lesson 3.7, homework-pages 187-188).


Gray Savages (Mr. Kiefer’s morning math class)

Monday and Tuesday-Quiz over lessons 3.3-3.4, then lesson 3.5, multiply with regrouping.  Homework will be pages 175-176 or lesson 3.5 PMT.

Wednesday-Lesson 3.6, choose a multiplication method.  Homework will be pages 181-182 or lesson 3.6 PMT.

Thursday-Lesson 3.7, problem solving-multiplying with 2-digit numbers.  Homework will be pages 187-188 or lesson 3.7 PMT.

Friday-Quiz over 3.5-3.7, then lesson 4.4, divide tens, hundreds, and thousands.  Homework will be pages 219-220 or lesson 4.4 PMT.


Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Monday and Tuesday-Lesson 3.4, multiply using partial products.  Homework will be 167-168 or lesson 3.4 PMT.

Wednesday and Thursday-Quiz over lessons 3.3-3.4, then lesson 3.5, multiply with regrouping.  Homework will be pages 175-176 or lesson 3.5 PMT.

Friday-Lesson 3.6, choose a multiplication method.  Homework will be pages 181-182 or lesson 3.6 PMT.

***Note, these are things we expect to complete, but are subject to change as needed.


Specials:

Physical Education: We are having a blast in PE!  We even had a chance to go outside last week!  Who would've thought it in November?  This week in PE students in first and second grade will focus on throwing, accuracy, and cardio in an activity called Hide Out.  Students in third and fourth grade will also be working on the same skills, but in a challenging activity called Rainstorm!  Keep up the great work in PE!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days!


Art:  Students in grade four are completing their Christmas banners.  Students were inspired by looking at Christmas cards.  Students designed their own banner by taking at least 4 Christmas cards borrowing ideas from each one then creating their own unique picture.  Students are also helping create our gigantic school Santa Clause using the basic form from this year’s Thanksgiving turkey.  Fourth grade students are also working cooperatively learning how to create IMovies from pictures taken in the Photobooth program.  When students have their pictures taken they then transfer them into the IMovie program creating an IMovie that has transitions between pictures, adding music, and words to complete.  


Music:

1st Grade: The first graders have continued working on their steady beats in song.  They learned a new music term, rhythm.  1st grade was able to find what the rhythm notes Ta and Ta-di look like.  1st Graders started labeling classroom instruments into different families.  All of the music room instruments are members of the percussion family.  But we also have the Woods, Metals, Drums, and Shakers.


2nd Grade: We have started working on our Concert.  Our concert will be called Winter Wonderland and will be about all kinds of things that happen during the winter months.  The 2nd grade concert will be on December 4th, at 7pm at Ross High School.


3rd Grade: Now that the concert is over 3rd grade is hard at work learning all kinds of Halloween/Spooky songs.  Students learned Ghost of John, Skin & Bones, and moved to the Frankensteins and Spiders story.  3rd graders learned that music that sounds spooky or sad could be called Minor sounding music.  But most music we sing sounds happy it is called Major music.

4th Grade: We have begun working on our Recorders.  All students are able to use recorders during music class.  If you have paid your school fees then your students received their own Recorder to use.  We have learned the notes C and are working on our A notes.  4th graders are also continuing to work on playing melodies and ostinatos on the barred instruments.  In November students will be learning some Native American songs and facts about their culture.


Media: Kindergarten & First grade students have been learning about book care for the past few weeks.  First grade students listened to Stella Louella’s Runaway Book by Lisa Campbell Ernst. While kindergarten students listened to What Happened to Marion’s Book by Brook Berg. Second grade students are checking out nonfiction books now and learned about text features of these books. Third & Fourth grade students are continuing to learn about digital citizenship and being kind online.

In the Classroom 11/27 - 12/1

posted Nov 29, 2017, 11:13 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:  

This week in kindergarten our theme is an author study on Laura Numeroff.  Laura Numeroff is the famous author who wrote If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.  Students will be listening to stories by Laura Numeroff this week and discussing the difference between a want and a need.  Students will also be comparing many different stories written by the famous author.  In math, students are continuing to develop a deeper understanding of making combinations of 10 and comparing numbers up to 10.  In writing, students are working on adding details to their stories.  We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


1st grade:  

Time flies when you’re having fun! We’re close to wrapping up second quarter.  We are so proud of the amazing progress your first grader is making this year!  


In reading we continue to employ a variety of reading strategies to decode text.  Please take time to practice first grade sight words, hunks-and-chunks and long and short vowel sounds with your firsty! It’s important that you are set aside time to read with your child for at least 15 minutes each day.  


In writing workshop, children are composing realistic fiction narratives with correct capitalization, punctuation and a beginning, middle and end.  Find a way to include writing in your first grader’s routines. Make a calendar on which (s)he can record special events such as holidays, birthdays, and play dates with friends. You can also ask your child for help as you write the grocery list and work together to write down a story about real or imaginary events. Having your first grader write "thank you" cards for birthday presents or make labels for their toys are other great ways to encourage writing. When you make writing a part of each day, you help your child become a better writer!


Our mathematicians have been busy adding and subtracting numbers using multiple strategies. We have been practicing skip counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.  We have also delved into place value.  Students use their understanding of place value and properties of operations to add and subtract.  Thank you for reinforcing these skills at home.  




2nd grade:

Reading:  Students are learning about the main idea and supporting details of informational texts.  We will be using strategies before, during, and after reading to help us find the main idea as we read!  


Writing:  The focus continues to be informational writing.  Students are writing how-to books.  In our all how-to books, we will focus on writing an introduction, including a sequence of steps, using definitions in the steps, and writing a conclusion.  


Math:  Students will be learning how to subtract 2 digit numbers!  Please continue to practice basic addition and subtraction facts with your child.  Math fact fluency is very important in second grade!  If the student knows the simple addition or subtraction fact quickly, they will be able to more easily add or subtract big numbers!  


Science:  Sharon Edwards will visit our classrooms this week to teach about animal adaptations.  She will focus her teaching on polar bears!




3rd grade:  

Students are continuing to work on their individualized spelling words this week as well as the pattern words. They will be sorting, writing rules, using their words in a sentence and looking for words with similar spelling patterns in print.


In reading mini-lessons, we will be using text evidence and schema to make inferences. Students will start the week by looking at “clues,” to make inferences (bag of trash, bags of related items, etc.). We will then move to short films, photographs and finally print. These experiences will help students take text evidence + schema to make a solid inference.


During language, the students will continue to work on reviewing and expanding their knowledge of adjectives. The students will identify adjectives in sentences.


Math continues our study of multiplication. Next week in math, the third grade students will be shifting their focus from multiplication to division.  We will begin timed multiplication facts tests starting this week on November 14 on 0 and November 16 on 0-1 to help with fluency. Flashcards are a good way to help the students start to memorize their facts!


In writing, students will continue working on informational writing and finding what they are experts in. Last week students gathered their information and formed subtopics to support their main topic. This week, students will begin writing chapters from their table of contents. Students will work towards writing over an extended period of time. We will study mentor text structure and work to enhance our writing with details, fun facts and imagery.


We will continue with our focus on government. This week we will dive into the responsibility to solve problems and promote the common good of the community. Students will brainstorm community outreach projects to promote the common good in our local community. Students will also look at the characteristics of a good citizen. Together they will create a character that displays their trait to share with the class.



4th grade:  

Reading: Students are learning to analyze texts for deeper understanding.  Students are reading a variety of nonfiction and fiction passages to find deeper meaning in.  While students are reading, they will be learning about relationships such as cause and effect, determining theme, and inferring what texts are telling us.  


Writing: This week, students will begin to learn about opinion writing.  They will look at many opinion examples to find common elements, and begin creating ideas and arguments.  


Science: This week, students will begin learning about fossils.  We will begin by learning about the different types of fossils, and how each forms.  Students will be using the textbook as well as looking at physical examples in class, as well as many pictures as examples.  


Social Studies:  Moving on through history! We will be discussing the struggle over the beautiful country between the colonists, Britain, the French and the Indians. Students will learn about the French and Indian War, life in the 13 Original Colonies and Great Britain’s rule over Ohio.

Math:  

Gray Savages (Mr. Gray’s Morning Math Class)-

Monday-Divide  Tens, Hundreds, and Thousands (Lesson 4.4, homework-pages 219-220 or page 220 and Enrichment 4.4).  

Tuesday-Quiz over Traditional Method of Multiplication, Choose a Method, and Multi-step Problems (Lessons 3.5-3.7)  Monday-Tuesday-Investigate:  Division and the Distributive Property (Lesson 4.6, homework-pages 231-232 or page 232 and Enrichment 4.6).  Wednesday-Thursday-Divide Using Partial Products (Lesson 4.8, homework-pages 245-246).  Friday-Quiz over Dividing by Tens, Hundreds, and Thousands and Division and the Distributive Property (Lessons 4.4 and 4.6)


Bullhawks (Mr. Gray’s Afternoon Math Class)-

Monday-Investigate:  Area Models and Partial Products (Lesson 3.3, homework-pages 161-162).  Tuesday-Quiz over Multistep Multiplication Problems and Order of Operations (Lessons 2.9 and 2.12).  Monday-Tuesday-Multiply Using Partial Products (Lesson 3.4, homework-pages 167-168).  

Thursday-Begin Multiply with Regrouping (Lesson 3.5).  

Friday-Quiz over Lessons 3.3 and 3.4 (Area Model and Partial Products)


Gray Savages (Mr. Kiefer’s morning math class)

Monday and Tuesday-Quiz over lessons 3.1-3.2, then lesson 3.3, area models and partial products.  Homework will be pages 161-162 or lesson 3.3 PMT.  

Monday and Tuesday-Lesson 3.4, multiply using partial products.  Homework will be pages 167-168 or lesson 3.4 PMT.

Wednesday and Thursday-Lesson 3.5, multiply with regrouping.  Homework will be pages 175-176 or lesson 3.5 PMT.

Friday-Lesson 3.6, choosing a multiplication method.  Homework will be pages 181-182 or lesson 3.6 PMT.



Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Monday-Lesson 3.1, multiply by tens.  Homework will be pages 149-150 or lesson 3.1 PMT.

Tuesday-Lesson 3.2, estimating products.  Homework will be pages 155-156 or lesson 3.2 PMT.

Monday-Wednesday-Quiz over lessons 3.1-3.2, then lesson 3.3, area models and partial products.  Homework will be pages 161-162 or lesson 3.3 PMT.

Thursday and Friday-Lesson 3.4, multiply using partial products.  Homework will be 167-168 or lesson 3.4 PMT.


***Note, these are things we expect to complete, but are subject to change as needed.


Specials:

Physical Education: Students are working so hard in PE!  Students are getting stronger and having a blast doing it!  This week students are continuing to work on their throwing skills!  When we throw we are focused on our opposite foot and hand, accuracy, and consistency.  Students are also working on our catching!  When we catch a ball, we remember to make our W with our fingers, and squeeze the ball when it comes into our hands.  Keep up the great work in PE!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days!


Art:  Students in second grade are completing mixed media Thanksgiving turkeys.  Students drew the turkeys, outlined them with black crayon, and painted them with fluorescent tempera paint.  Students then added gold foil beaks, construction paper wings and feathers, etc.  This project is a crayon resist and mixed media project.  Students are also beginning to work on Christmas projects as well.  


Music:

1st Grade: The first graders have continued working on their steady beats in song.  They learned a new music term, rhythm.  1st grade was able to find what the rhythm notes Ta and Ta-di look like.  1st Graders started labeling classroom instruments into different families.  All of the music room instruments are members of the percussion family.  But we also have the Woods, Metals, Drums, and Shakers.



2nd Grade: We have started working on our Concert.  Our concert will be called Winter Wonderland and will be about all kinds of things that happen during the winter months.  The 2nd grade concert will be on December 4th, at 7pm at Ross High School.



3rd Grade: Now that the concert is over 3rd grade is hard at work learning all kinds of Halloween/Spooky songs.  Students learned Ghost of John, Skin & Bones, and moved to the Frankensteins and Spiders story.  3rd graders learned that music that sounds spooky or sad could be called Minor sounding music.  But most music we sing sounds happy it is called Major music.



4th Grade: We have begun working on our Recorders.  All students are able to use recorders during music class.  If you have paid your school fees then your students received their own Recorder to use.  We have learned the notes C and are working on our A notes.  4th graders are also continuing to work on playing melodies and ostinatos on the barred instruments.  In November students will be learning some Native American songs and facts about their culture.


Media: Kindergarten & First grade students have been learning about book care for the past few weeks.  First grade students listened to Stella Louella’s Runaway Book by Lisa Campbell Ernst. While kindergarten students listened to What Happened to Marion’s Book by Brook Berg. Second grade students are checking out nonfiction books now and learned about text features of these books. Third & Fourth grade students are continuing to learn about digital citizenship and being kind online.


RAMM food drive!

posted Nov 13, 2017, 12:09 PM by Jesse Kohls

We are encouraging students to bring in a suggested non-perishable food item during this special week.  Each day that students donate, they will get to participate in the silly dress day.  All donations go towards the R.A.M.M (Ross And Morgan Ministries) Food Pantry.  Sponsored By: Student Council


Monday, November 13: Crazy Sock Day- pasta, sauces, rice mixes, boxed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, Hamburger Helper


Tuesday, November 14: Country Western/Rose Day (wear your ROSE shirt or a RED shirt) – breakfast foods (cereal, oatmeal, Pop Tarts, pancake mix, syrup) and toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant)


Wednesday, November 15: Dress Like a Teacher Day- peanut butter, jelly, canned meats (tuna, chicken, SPAM, beef stew)


Thursday, November 16: USA Day (wear red, white, and blue) - canned fruits, canned vegetables, canned ravioli or spaghetti, canned soups


Friday, November 17: RAMM Spirit Wear Day – snack items, crackers, boxed dessert (cake mixes, brownie mixes, etc.), canned frosting, pudding



In the Classroom 11/13 - 11/20

posted Nov 13, 2017, 12:05 PM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:  

This week in kindergarten our theme is all about being Thankful and the holiday of Thanksgiving.  Students will be listening to fictional stories about characters who are learning about being thankful and learning how to help others.  Students will also be listening to nonfiction stories to learn a little bit more about Thanksgiving.  In math, students are applying their foundational knowledge to help represent the number ten using different combinations. In writing, students are working on creating a clear beginning, middle, and end.  The kindergarten students will have their special Thanksgiving lunch in the cafeteria this week.


1st grade:  

Reading-Focuses during guided reading include practicing different reading strategies, hunks and chunks, and introducing verb tenses.


Writing-First grade writers will continue to write realistic fiction stories. In this unit, students will be lead step by step, through the process of creating a pretend character, giving that character adventures in more than one booklet, elaborating and revising across books, and finally, creating a “boxed set” of their stories.  


Math- This week students will finish chapter 4 of Go Math. This chapter helped students develop an understanding of addition, subtraction, and strategies for addition and subtraction within 20.


Social Studies- First Graders will learn about the past and the present. They will use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast life in the past, to life right now.


2nd grade:

Reading: We are reading nonfiction books in reading groups!  Students are using text features like the table of contents, photographs, captions, headings, and glossaries when reading.  They are asking and answering questions to show that they understand the content of the book, too!  This week students are being introduced to author’s purpose.  They learned that author’s purpose is as easy as P.I.E.!  Author’s write books to Persuade, Inform, or Entertain the reader.


Math:  We will finish our 2 digit addition unit this week.  We will also start our 2 digit subtraction chapter!  


Writing:  Students are starting informational writing.  This week we will focus on writing “how to” books.  Students will write a sequence of directions to teach the reader how to do a chosen topic.


Social Studies:  This week students will compare past and present life.  We will study Native American artifacts and learn about Thanksgiving!


Please remember that as the weather gets colder, the students still go outside most days for recess.  Please remember to send your child with warm clothing!


3rd grade:  

Students are continuing to work on their individualized spelling words this week as well as the pattern words. They will be sorting, writing rules, using their words in a sentence and looking for words with similar spelling patterns in print.


In reading mini-lessons, we will be using information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).


During language, the students will continue to work on reviewing and expanding their knowledge of adjectives. The students will identify adjectives in sentences.


Math continues our study of multiplication. Next week in math, the third grade students will be shifting their focus from multiplication to division.  We will begin timed multiplication facts tests starting this week on November 14 on 0 and November 16 on 0-1 to help with fluency. Flashcards are a good way to help the students start to memorize their facts!


In writing, students will continue working on informational writing and finding what they are experts in. Last week students gathered their information and formed subtopics to support their main topic. This week, students will begin writing chapters from their table of contents. Students will work towards writing over an extended period of time. We will study mentor text structure and work to enhance our writing with details, fun facts and imagery.


We will continue working on government. This week we will focus on learning about the various roles and responsibilities of local government. Students will learn their responsibilities as citizens and we will relate these to our responsibilities in the classroom. We will discuss respecting others, being informed, paying taxes and the importance of voting.


4th grade:  

Reading: Students are learning to analyze texts for deeper understanding.  Students are reading a variety of nonfiction and fiction passages to find deeper meaning in.  While students are reading, they will be learning about relationships such as cause and effect, determining theme, and inferring what texts are telling us.  


Writing: This week, students will begin to learn about opinion writing.  They will look at many opinion examples to find common elements, and begin creating ideas and arguments.  


Science: Students will continue to learn about relationships among animals.  Students will be learning about symbiotic relationships of plants and animals.  Students will also be participating in a STEM activity connecting math, science, and fire safety.  


Social Studies: We are concluding our unit of Native Americans with presentations this week! Students will be presenting a part of the culture they chose to research and share. Fourth graders will also be learning a bit about coal, our first natural resource of study and will be learning about Ohio’s borders and Great Lakes near us.

Math:  

Gray Savages (Mr. Gray’s Morning Math Class)-

Monday-Finish-Multiply with Regrouping (Lesson 3.5, homework-pages 175-176).  Tuesday-Quiz over Area Model of Multiplication and Partial Products (Lessons 3.3-3.4).  Wednesday-Choose a Method of Multiplication (Lesson 3.6, homework-pages 181-182 or page 182 and Enrichment page 3.6).  

Thursday-Friday-Problem Solving:  Multiply 2-Digit Numbers (Lesson 3.7, homework-pages  187-188 or page 188 and Enrichment 3.7).


Bullhawks (Mr. Gray’s Afternoon Math Class)-

Monday-Order of Operations-(Lesson 2.12, homework-problems 79, 81, 83, 85, 87, 89, 96, 97, 99).

Tuesday-Multiply by Tens (Lesson 3.1-homework-pages 149-150 or page 150 and Enrichment page 3.1).  

Wednesday-Quiz over Multistep Multiplication Problems and Order of Operations (Lessons 2.9 and 2.12).  

Thursday-Estimating Products (Lesson 3.2-homework, pages 155-156 or page 156 and Enrichment page 3.2).  

Friday-Investigate:  Area Models and Partial Products (Lesson 3.3).


Gray Savages (Mr. Kiefer’s morning math class)

Monday and Tuesday-Quiz over lessons 2.9 and 2.12, then lesson 3.1, multiply by tens.  Homework will be pages 149-150 or lesson 3.1 PMT.

Wednesday-Lesson 3.2, estimating products.  Homework will be pages 155-156 or lesson 3.2 PMT.

Thursday and Friday-Quiz over lessons 3.1-3.2, then lesson 3.3, area models and partial products.  Homework will be pages 161-162 or lesson 3.3 PMT.


Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Monday-Lesson 2.12, solving multistep problems using equations.  Homework will be pages 135-136 or lesson 2.12 PMT.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Quiz over lessons 2.9 and 2.12, then lesson 3.1, multiply by tens.  Homework will be pages 149-150 or lesson 3.1 PMT.

Thursday-Lesson 3.2, estimating products.  Homework will be pages 155-156 or lesson 3.2 PMT.

Friday-Quiz over lessons 3.1-3.2, then lesson 3.3, area models and partial products.  Homework will be pages 161-162 or lesson 3.3 PMT.


***Note, these are things we expect to complete, but are subject to change as needed.


Specials:

Physical Education: Students are working so hard in PE!  Students are getting stronger and having a blast doing it!  This week students are continuing to work on their throwing skills!  When we throw we are focused on our opposite foot and hand, accuracy, and consistency.  Students are also working on our catching!  When we catch a ball, we remember to make our W with our fingers, and squeeze the ball when it comes into our hands.  Keep up the great work in PE!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days!


Art:  Students in second grade are completing mixed media Thanksgiving turkeys.  Students drew the turkeys, outlined them with black crayon, and painted them with fluorescent tempera paint.  Students then added gold foil beaks, construction paper wings and feathers, etc.  This project is a crayon resist and mixed media project.  Students are also beginning to work on Christmas projects as well.  


Music:

1st Grade: The first graders have continued working on their steady beats in song.  They learned a new music term, rhythm.  1st grade was able to find what the rhythm notes Ta and Ta-di look like.  1st Graders started labeling classroom instruments into different families.  All of the music room instruments are members of the percussion family.  But we also have the Woods, Metals, Drums, and Shakers.


2nd Grade: We have started working on our Concert.  Our concert will be called Winter Wonderland and will be about all kinds of things that happen during the winter months.  The 2nd grade concert will be on December 4th, at 7pm at Ross High School.


3rd Grade: Now that the concert is over 3rd grade is hard at work learning all kinds of Halloween/Spooky songs.  Students learned Ghost of John, Skin & Bones, and moved to the Frankensteins and Spiders story.  3rd graders learned that music that sounds spooky or sad could be called Minor sounding music.  But most music we sing sounds happy it is called Major music.


4th Grade: We have begun working on our Recorders.  All students are able to use recorders during music class.  If you have paid your school fees then your students received their own Recorder to use.  We have learned the notes C and are working on our A notes.  4th graders are also continuing to work on playing melodies and ostinatos on the barred instruments.  In November students will be learning some Native American songs and facts about their culture.

In the Classroom 11/6 - 11/10

posted Nov 6, 2017, 11:22 AM by Jesse Kohls

1st grade:  

This week, we will be starting Chapter 4 in math. In this chapter, we will be focusing on subtraction strategies including counting backwards, using addition to subtract, breaking apart numbers, and using a ten frame.


In Daily Five we are working hard and doing a wonderful job at rotating through our rounds. Guided reading groups are continuing to explore books as we search for vowels (long and short), multisyllabic words, and common and proper nouns. We are continuing to practice our hunks and chunks as well as identifying sight words within our text.This week, we will start discussing verbs!


In writing, we will continue working on Realistic Fiction. First graders are hard at work when it comes to thinking up fiction stories that could really happen! Be sure to ask your first grader about their stories!


This week in Social Studies, we will be focusing on Veterans Day!



2nd grade:

On Friday, students will honor our local Veterans during our Veterans Day assembly!  2nd grade students have been practicing several patriotic songs and are excited to perform them at our assembly on Friday!


In reading, classes are practicing comprehension skills by asking and answering questions about informational or nonfiction books that we read.  In math, students are learning to add two digit numbers.  Students will begin solving problems with 3 and 4 addends!   In writing, we are finishing our unit on narrative writing.  Next we will write informational texts.  It’s going to be a great week!




3rd grade:  

Students are continuing to work on their individualized spelling words this week as well as the pattern words. They will be sorting, writing rules, using their words in a sentence and looking for words with similar spelling patterns in print.


In reading mini-lessons, we will continue literal questions with nonfiction texts. Students will highlight and look for evidence in the texts. Going back into the text allows students to prove their answers. Students will continue to  answer questions in complete sentences, using the question in their answers.


During language, the students will work on reviewing and expanding their knowledge of adjectives. They will be describing themselves and others in class in order to use this knowledge to apply it to characters in texts.

Math continues our study of multiplication. We have learned several strategies for solving multiplication problems: creating arrays, skip counting, the distributive property, the associative property, drawing pictures, and learning new chants and fun sayings that go along with some facts! Fluency in multiplication facts is a standard in third grade, and starting next week, we will be taking timed tests! Be sure to be studying at home!


In writing, students will continue with informational writing. This week students will pick a topic they know a lot about and we will discover how to talk (and write) like an expert. Students will teach (rehearse) their information many times before writing their first informational piece. We will use this first piece of writing to organize, structure and improve our writing.


We will continue working on government. This week we will focus on Social and Political Responsibilities. Students will learn their responsibilities as citizens and we will relate these to our responsibilities in the classroom. We will discuss respecting others, being informed, paying taxes and the importance of voting.



4th grade:  

Reading: Students are learning to analyze texts for deeper understanding.  Students are reading a variety of nonfiction and fiction passages to find deeper meaning in.  While students are reading, they will be learning about relationships such as cause and effect, determining theme, and inferring what texts are telling us.  


Writing: This week, students will begin to learn about opinion writing.  They will look at many opinion examples to find common elements, and begin creating ideas and arguments.  


Science: Students will continue to learn about relationships among animals.  Students will be learning about symbiotic relationships of plants and animals.  Students will also be participating in a STEM activity connecting math, science, and fire safety.  


Social Studies: This week fourth graders will be taking a unit test on Ohio’s Native Americans on Thursday and Friday. We are reviewing in class all week. Study tips are available on Google Classroom. We are excited to present our Historic Tribes of Ohio projects next week! Students will present for approximately 3 minutes.  Geography studies continue as well with Google Expeditions.

Math:  

Gray Savages (Mr. Gray’s Morning Math Class)-

Monday-Finish-Investigate:Area Models and Partial Products (Lesson 3.3, homework-pages 161-162 or page 162 and Enrichment 3.3).  

Tuesday-no school.  

Wednesday-Quiz over Lessons 3.1-3.2).   

Thursday-Friday-Multiply Using Partial Products (Lesson 3.4-homework-pages 167-168 or page 168 and Enrichment 3.4)


Bullhawks (Mr. Gray’s Afternoon Math Class)-

Monday-Problem Solving-Multistep Multiplication Problems (Lesson 2.9, homework-pages 117-118 or page 118 and Enrichment 2.9).  

Tuesday-no school.   

Wednesday-Order of Operations (Lesson 2.12, homework-problems 69, 70, 71, 73, 75, 77).  Thursday-Quiz over Lessons 2.1-2.2.  

Friday-Order of Operations-(Lesson 2.12, homework-problems 79, 81, 83, 85, 87, 89, 96, 97, 99).


Gray Savages (Mr. Kiefer’s morning math class)

Monday-Lesson 2.12, solving multistep problems using equations.  Homework will be pages 135-136 or lesson 2.12 PMT.

Wednesday and Thursday-Quiz over lessons 2.9 and 2.12, then lesson 3.1, multiply by tens.  Homework will be pages 149-150 or lesson 3.1 PMT.

Friday-Lesson 3.2, estimating products.  Homework will be pages 155-156 or lesson 3.2 PMT.


Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Monday and Wednesday-Lesson 2.9, multistep multiplication problems.  Homework will be pages 117-118 or lesson 2.9 PMT.

Thursday-Lesson 2.12, solving multistep problems using equations.  Homework will be pages 135-136 or lesson 2.12 PMT.

Friday-Quiz over lessons 2.9 and 2.12, then lesson 3.1, multiply by tens.  Homework will be pages 149-150 or lesson 3.1 PMT.


***Note, these are things we expect to complete, but are subject to change as needed.


Specials:

Physical Education: Students are working so hard in PE!  I am loving all the amazing sportsmanship and hard work!  This week in PE students in first and second grade will focus on their throwing, accuracy, and teamwork in an activity called firefighters!  Students in third and fourth grade will focus on their basketball dribbling skills in dribble tag!  Keep up the great work in PE!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days!  


Art:  Students in first grade are completing 3D colorful turkeys.  Students’ Thanksgiving turkeys are made from construction paper, feathers, and a variety of colorful paper strips.  Students learned how to construct a turkey from shapes.  This was a mixed-media art project.  Mrs. Martin’s first grade learned how to weave making a Thanksgiving placemat.  All classes will be creating Elda’s Thanksgiving turkey soon!  The turkey is made from cardboard boxes, covered in brown paper, and adding feathers from students, staff, and visitors to complete.  The Thanksgiving Art Gallery is now displaying student’s art work!  If your child has art in the Elda Art Gallery you will receive a note letting you know they are doing a great job!  


Music:

1st Grade: The first graders have continued working on their steady beats in song.  They learned a new music term, rhythm.  1st grade was able to find what the rhythm notes Ta and Ta-di look like.  1st Graders started labeling classroom instruments into different families.  All of the music room instruments are members of the percussion family.  But we also have the Woods, Metals, Drums, and Shakers.


2nd Grade: We have started working on our Concert.  Our concert will be called Winter Wonderland and will be about all kinds of things that happen during the winter months.  The 2nd grade concert will be on December 4th, at 7pm at Ross High School.


3rd Grade: Now that the concert is over 3rd grade is hard at work learning all kinds of Halloween/Spooky songs.  Students learned Ghost of John, Skin & Bones, and moved to the Frankensteins and Spiders story.  3rd graders learned that music that sounds spooky or sad could be called Minor sounding music.  But most music we sing sounds happy it is called Major music.


4th Grade: We have begun working on our Recorders.  All students are able to use recorders during music class.  If you have paid your school fees then your students received their own Recorder to use.  We have learned the notes C and are working on our A notes.  4th graders are also continuing to work on playing melodies and ostinatos on the barred instruments.  In November students will be learning some Native American songs and facts about their culture.


In the Classroom 10/30 - 11/3

posted Oct 30, 2017, 10:33 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:

This week in kindergarten our theme is an author study on Denise Fleming.  Students will be listening to stories and discussing the story elements of a variety of books by Denise Fleming.  Students will also be identifying rhyming words within the text.  Students will be beginning chapter four in math.  Chapter four focuses on representing and comparing numbers up to 10.  In writing workshop, students are working on writing readable stories and writing all the sounds in the words they are sounding out.


1st grade:  

The weeks are flying by! Here is a look into what first grade is doing!


Daily 5- First graders are working hard and doing a wonderful job at rotating through our Daily 5 rounds. Guided reading groups are exploring books as we search for vowels (long and short), multisyllabic words, nouns, and this week we will look into common and proper nouns! We are also practicing hunks and chunks and looking for sight words within our reading and writing!


Math- This week, we are taking our Chapter 3 GoMath! test. This assessment focuses on using addition strategies that we have learned thus far. These strategies include counting on, using doubles, using doubles plus and minus one, and adding with three numbers!


Writing Workshop- This week we will continue working with realistic fiction stories. First graders are hard at work when it comes to thinking up fiction stories that could really happen! Be sure to ask your first grader about their stories!


Science- In science this week, our focus is living and nonliving things. We will take a look at what living things need to survive as well as classify living and nonliving things and then compare and contrast what we come up with!


2nd grade:

The second grade team would like to thank all of the parents and guardians that attended conferences.  We love getting the chance to talk with you about your student!  


In reading, classes are practicing comprehension skills by asking and answering questions about informational or nonfiction books that we read.  


In math, students are learning to add two digit numbers.  We are learning several strategies to add 2 digit numbers.  Some of the strategies include: using compensation, breaking apart addends into tens and ones, modeling regrouping with base ten blocks, and the standard algorithm!  


We are finishing up our narrative writing unit.  This will be the last week with this type of writing!  Students are practicing using a checklist to revise and edit their writing.  Students will do one final narrative writing this week to show how much they’ve learned about writing so far this year!


In science, students have been learning about how animals interact within their habitats.  This week, naturalist Sharon Edwards will visit our classrooms.  Students will participate in a habitat program!



3rd grade:  

Students are continuing to work on their individualized spelling words this week as well as the pattern words. They will be sorting, writing rules, using their words in a sentence and looking for words with similar spelling patterns in print.


In reading mini-lessons, we will be reviewing asking before, during and after reading. Students will be going back into the text and finding the evidence. Going back into the text allows students to prove their answers. We will also be working on how to start our answers by “RAP”ping! R-restate part of the question...A-answer the question...P-prove it!


During language this week, we will begin working on possessive nouns, by adding an apostrophe s to nouns to show ownership.

In Math, all classes will be finishing Chapter 3 unit of multiplication.  Students will be working with different strategies throughout this unit to understand the process of multiplication, focusing on equal groups, repeated addition, skip counting and arrays. A great way to understand the strategies is to have your kiddo teach each strategy to you! You get to learn along with your child, and it gives them an opportunity to reinforce understanding of the skill.


In writing, students will continue with informational writing. This week students will pick a topic they know a lot about and we will discover how to talk (and write) like an expert. Students will teach (rehearse) their information many times before writing their first informational piece. We will use this first piece of writing to organize, structure and improve our writing.


We will continue working on government. This week we will focus on Social and Political Responsibilities. Students will learn their responsibilities as citizens and we will relate these to our responsibilities in the classroom. We will discuss respecting others, being informed, paying taxes and the importance of voting.



4th grade:  

Reading: Students are learning to analyze texts for deeper understanding.  Students are reading a variety of nonfiction and fiction passages to find deeper meaning in.  While students are reading, they will be learning about relationships such as cause and effect, determining theme, and inferring what texts are telling us.  


Writing: This week, students will begin to learn about opinion writing.  They will look at many opinion examples to find common elements, and begin creating ideas and arguments.  


Science: Students will continue to learn about relationships among animals.  Students will be learning about symbiotic relationships of plants and animals.  Students will also be participating in a STEM activity connecting math, science, and fire safety.  


Social Studies: Fourth graders continue with the study of Historic Native American culture; legends, law/rules, roles of children and conflicts with European settlers and explorers. Students continue their unit by reading from their Ohio Studies Weekly and working on research for their project for the Native American Fair coming in November!

Math:  

Gray Savages (Mr. Gray’s Morning Math Class)-  

Monday-Tuesday-Multiplying with Tens (Lesson 3.1, homework-page 149-150 or page 150 and Enrichment 3.1).  Wednesday-Estimating Products (Lesson 3.2, homework-pages 155-156 or page 156 and Enrichment 3.2).  

Thursday-Assessment over Lessons 2.9-2.12 (Multistep Story Problems and Order of Operations).  

Friday-Investigating Area Models and Partial Products (Lesson 3.3).


Bullhawks (Mr. Gray’s Afternoon Math Class)-

Monday-Multiplication Comparisons (Lesson 2.1, homework-pages 67-68 or page 68 and Enrichment 2.1)

Tuesday-Quiz over Lessons 2.7, 2.10, and 2.11 (Multiplication Using Partial Products and Traditional Algorithm).  

Wednesday- Thursday-Algebra: Comparison Problems (Lesson 2.2, homework-page 73 and 74).  Friday-Problem Solving: Multistep Multiplication Problems (Lesson 2.9).


Gray Savages (Mr. Kiefer’s morning math class)

Monday and Tuesday-Lesson 2.1, multiplication comparisons.  Homework will be pages 67-68 or lesson 2.1 PMT.

Wednesday and Thursday-Lesson 2.2, comparison problems with algebra.  Homework will be pages 73-74 or lesson 2.2 PMT.

Friday-Lesson 2.10, multiplying with the standard algorithm.  Homework will be pages 123-124 or lesson 2.10 PMT.


Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Monday-Lesson 2.7, multiplying using partial products.  Homework will be pages 103-104 or lesson 2.7 PMT.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Lesson 2.1, multiplication comparisons.  Homework will be pages 67-68 or 2.1 PMT.

Thursday and Friday-Lesson 2.2, comparison problems with algebra.  Homework will be pages 73-74 or lesson 2.2 PMT.


***Note, these are things we expect to complete, but are subject to change as needed.


Specials:

Physical Education: Students are doing a wonderful job in PE!  We are all working hard and loving the beautiful weather!  This week students in first and second grade will focus on their throwing, rolling, catching, and teamwork in an activity called sink the ship!  Students in third and fourth grade will work on their throwing, accuracy, and teamwork in an activity called firefighters!  Keep up the great work in PE!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days!


Art:  Students  in grade 4 are working on Thanksgiving turkeys.  These turkeys are holding a picture that the students designed by inspiration from Marc Chagall and Rene’ Magritte works of art.  Students combined imagination and Surrealism to create their own masterpiece for their turkey to show off.  Fourth-grade students are creating a school turkey from large boxes to be displayed in Elda’s lobby.  


Music:

1st Grade: We have been having so much fun in 1st grade music.  We have found our singing voices and have started practicing the steady beat.  We move to different types of music and have even been learning some fun folk songs.


2nd Grade: 2nd grade students will be reviewing lots of concepts we covered in first grade.  We practiced some melody and rhythm notes.  Soon we will start playing melodies on the barred instruments.  We love to sing and dance to songs as well.


3rd Grade: From the first day of school 3rd graders have been hard at work on their concert.  We are singing, dancing, and playing instruments in anticipation of our upcoming performance.  Look for a paper soon with more information about the concert.


4th Grade: Review time for 4th grade.  We have been reviewing all sorts of concepts, songs, rhythms, and melodies that we have done in the past.  We just started working on a new rhythm pattern called Syncopa as well as finding songs in different meters.

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