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In the Classroom 4/16 - 4/20

posted Apr 18, 2018, 8:09 AM by Jesse Kohls

4/16/18

Kindergarten:

This week in kindergarten our theme is Wants and Needs.  Students will be learning about wants and needs by listening to a variety of “Pigeon” books.  For example, Don’t Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus and The Pigeon Wants A Puppy by Mo Willems. Students will be discussing the difference between a want and a need based on the events in these stories.  In math, we are continuing our unit on 2D shapes. In writing workshop, students are continuing to write “how-to” stories and students are practicing adding exciting endings to their stories.


1st grade:  

Daily 5- In reading groups, we are going to be working on making connections to the stories that we read! First graders will be making text to text, text to self and text to world connections. We will discuss how books that we read have a connection to other stories that we have read in the past. We will also explore how we have personal connections to stories and how they connect to the world around us!


Math- This week, we are continuing our work with fact families. We will practice this skill through lots of fun games and our GO MATH program! Fact families are a great way for our kiddos to see relationships between addition and subtraction problems and also helps them solve an unknown problem!


Writing Workshop- This week we will continue working with opinion stories. This week we will be persuading our writers to see opinions from a different viewpoint by using facts about a topic! We will begin to challenge first graders to use conjunctions in their writing!

Science- This week in science we will be discussing Earth Day! We will discuss why we celebrate Earth Day as well as brainstorm ways that we can do our part to keep our earth a safe and clean place to live! Be sure to ask your first grader what the three R’s are (Reduce,Reuse,Recycle) as well as ask them different ways they can help!



2nd grade:

Second graders will travel to the Great American Ballpark on Tuesday!  We will participate in a social studies program, learn about baseball history in the Hall of Fame, and tour the ballpark!  


Reading: This week students will be reading fairy tales!  Students will read different versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  We will compare the different versions of the story and discuss different points of view.  


Math:   We will continue our geometry chapter.  Students will work on partitioning shapes into equal sized parts and learn about fractions this week!


Writing:  Students will begin writing poetry!  They will use their poet’s glasses to look at ordinary objects and describe them in unusual ways.


Second Step:  Students are learning about how they can solve problems.  They are learning to STEP.

S-Say the problem (without blame)

T- Think of solutions

E- Explore consequences

P- Pick the best solution



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.


During reading mini-lessons this week, the students will be working on identifying the moral/lesson of folktales and fables. Students will read different variations of folktales and fables to continue their comparing and contrasting skill.


In language, the students will be working on capitalizing words in titles. Students will look at familiar book titles and their own books, recognizing what words are capitalized. They will then create their own rules via their observations for which words in titles are capitalized.


During math this week, we will continue work on chapter 11 of perimeter and area. The students will focus on finding perimeter, finding unknown side lengths, and will begin finding area.


The students will continue adapting fairy tales into their own narratives. The students have read classics, and then made changes to the characters, settings, motivations, and solutions. This week students will continue to create their own fairytales. Students are working on rough drafts, editing, revising, and adding dialogue and actions.


In social studies, the students are continuing their study on economics. We have been discussing budgets, making good financial decisions, and opportunity cost so far. We will focus more this week on goods and services, and producers and consumers.



4th grade:  

Reading: This week, students will be taking the English/Language Arts AIR test on Wednesday and Friday.


Writing: Students will be working on literary opinion essays.  In these, students will make a claim and work to support their claim with reasons and evidence from the texts.  


Science: This week, students will continue to practice measurement skills and review for the upcoming test on energy and electricity.  Study guides were sent home last week with important information and test dates.


Social Studies: This week we will be delving into the Civil War! This will include learning about Ohio’s role during this event, a few of the battles, leaders in the war, and the terrible event that occurred just a few days after the Civil War. Homework until April 23 will be working on Civil War presentations. Students will have time to do the majority of the research at school. Requirements and grading rubric for this project is on their Google Classroom.


Math:  

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

Monday-Problem Solving:  Money (Homework, pages 523-524 or page 524 and Enrichment 9.5).   

Tuesday-Add Fractional Parts of 10 and 100 (Lesson 9.6, homework, page 531-532 or page 532 and Enrichment 9.6).  

Wednesday-Compare Decimals, homework, pages 537-538 or page 538 and Enrichment 9.7).  Thursday-Assessment: Equivalent Fractions and Decimals, Relate Fractions Decimals, and Money, Problem Solving (Lessons 9.3-9.5).  

Friday-Lines, Rays, and Angles (Lesson 10.1).



Bullhawks (Mr. Gray’s Afternoon Math Class)

Monday-Tuesday-Rename Fractions and Mixed Numbers (Lesson 7.6, homework, 421-422 or page 422 and Enrichment 7.6).  

Wednesday-Add and Subtract Mixed Numbers (Lesson 7.7, homework, pages 427-428 or page 428 and Enrichment 7.7).   

Thursday-Friday-Subtraction with Renaming (Lesson 7.8, homework, pages 433-434.)


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

Monday - Lesson 7.6, rename fractions and mixed numbers.  Homework will be pages 421-422 or lesson 7.6 PMT.

Tuesday and Wednesday - Lesson 7.7, adding and subtracting mixed numbers.  Homework will pages 427-428 or lesson 7.7 PMT.

Thursday and Friday - Lesson 7.8, subtraction with regrouping.  Homework will be pages 433-434 or lesson 7.8 PMT.


Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Monday - Lesson 7.4, subtracting fractions using models.  Homework will be pages 407-408 or lesson 7.4 PMT.

Tuesday - Lesson 7.5, adding and subtracting fractions.  Homework will be pages 413-414 or lesson 7.5 PMT.

Wednesday and Thursday - Mid-Chapter Checkpoint.  Then lesson 7.6, rename fractions and mixed numbers.  Homework will be pages 421-422 or lesson 7.6 PMT.

Friday - Lesson 7.7, adding and subtracting mixed numbers.  Homework will pages 427-428 or lesson 7.7 PMT.

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


Specials:

Physical Education: We are loving the sunshine in PE!  We will try and get outside any chance we can get!  This week students in third and fourth grade will focus on accuracy, throwing, blocking, and teamwork in Pin Ball!  Students in first and second grade will participate in a throwing, dodging, and running activity called cowboys and indians!  Field Day is scheduled for May 23! The YMCA will be running the fun stations, and parents are welcome to spend the day with their child.


Art: Students in grade 4 will be working at stations in the art room.  We will be doing collaborative painting projects. We will also be doing an assortment of drawing exercises.  We will begin a unit on art history. Looking at art work closely to find objects with famous masterpieces that are unique to each artist.   


Music:

1st Grade:

1st graders are working on applying all the concepts they know!  We are using rhythm and melody notes to create our own patterns in songs.  Soon we will work together to create melodies and chants to different books.  Check out the SeeSaw to see our final products in a couple weeks!


2nd Grade:

This month 2nd grade will be creating lots of rhythms and songs.  We are using rhythm and melody notes to create our own patterns in songs.  Soon we will work together to create melodies and chants to different books.  Check out the SeeSaw to see our final products in a couple weeks!


3rd Grade:

Singing, playing, and creating; we are having so much fun in the music room.  3rd grade is using all the concepts they have learned this year and applying them to all kinds of songs in the music room. We are working on learning the letters of the lines and spaces.  This skill will help us play instruments like the recorder and other band instruments in the future.


4th Grade:

We have begun working on our concert.  This year we will be creating songs all about Rivers!.  4th Graders will be performing their concert on Monday May 7th at 7pm at Ross High School!


In the Classroom 4/9 - 4/13

posted Apr 11, 2018, 11:31 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:

This week in kindergarten our theme is Caterpillars and Butterflies.  Students will be listening to stories about the Life Cycle of a Butterfly and learning additional information about caterpillars and butterflies.  In math, we are beginning our unit on identifying and describing two-dimensional shapes. In writing workshop, students are continuing their work with “how-to” stories.  Students are working on adding a beginning that will catch the reader’s attention.


1st grade:  

What a busy week we have ahead of us! Don’t forget, picture day is Wednesday.


Daily 5- In reading groups, we are going to be working on sequencing our books that we read. We will take a look at a few different books in whole group such as, When you give a Mouse a Cookie as well as sequencing The Very Hungry Caterpillar! Practice this skill at home this week during homework! We have also started a few new and improved rounds during Daily 5! Ask your first grader what they are doing differently:).


Math- This week, we are continuing our work with fact families. We will practice this skill through lots of fun games and our GO MATH program! Fact families are a great way for our kiddos to see relationships between addition and subtraction problems and also helps them solve an unknown problem!


Writing Workshop- This week we will continue working with opinion stories. This week we will be persuading our writers to see opinions from a different viewpoint by using facts about a topic! So fun!

Science- We are continuing our Force and Motion Unit this week by exploring Friction and experimenting with force and motion by building roller coasters and seeing how marbles travel along the rollercoaster when using different designs and speeds!



2nd grade:

Reading:  Fourth quarter focuses on fables and fairy tales!  The students will continue to read fables like The Lion and the Mouse, The Ant and the Grasshopper, and many others.  They will practice summarizing the fable and finding the moral or the lesson in it.

Writing:  We are writing opinions about books.  This week we will write about favorite parts of the book, characters, and illustrations.  When we write our opinion paragraph, we think OREO. O-opinion, R-reasons, E-explanations, O-opinion restated.


3rd grade:

We will be practicing and getting for our upcoming MAP and AIR tests. MAP Reading is this Wednesday!


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.


During reading mini-lessons this week, the students will be working on identifying the moral/lesson of folktales and fables. Students will read different variations of folktales and fables to continue their comparing and contrasting skill. We will also be focusing on author’s point of view and purpose.


During math this week, we will be continuing our measurement unit. Our measurement unit will focusing on telling time, finding elapsed time, measuring in inches, etc.


The last quarter of writing is focusing on adapting fairy tales into our own narratives. The students will read classics, and then make changes to the characters, settings, motivations, and solutions. This week we will create our very own class fairytale! Students will be involved in adapting the characters, setting and plot to fit our adaptation.


Our unit in Science is on matter. The students will be studying the different phases of matter and how their atoms are arranged. The students will also observe the different states of matter. Our last unit in Social Studies will focus on Decisions and Economics.



4th grade:  

Reading: Over the next few weeks, students will prepare for the reading AIR test.  The AIR test for reading will be April 18th and 20th. Also during this time, students will take the spring reading MAP test.  


Writing: Students will be working on literary opinion essays.  In these, students will make a claim and work to support their claim with reasons and evidence from the texts.  


Science: Students will be learning about measurement conversions this week in science.  We will learn how to convert customary and metric units from one form to another.  Students will have a test over electricity and energy coming up the week of April 23rd.  Exact dates for each class will be sent home in the near future.


Social Studies: This week we will be delving into the Civil War! This will include learning about Ohio’s role during this event, a few of the battles, leaders in the war, and the terrible event that occurred just a few days after the Civil War. Homework until April 23 will be working on Civil War presentations. Students will have time to do the majority of the research at school. Requirements and grading rubric for this project is on their Google Classroom.


Math:  

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

Monday-Relate Hundredths and Decimals (Lesson 9.2- homework, pages 505-506 or page 506 and Enrichment 9.2).  

Tuesday-Equivalent Fractions and Decimals (Lesson 9.3-homework, pages 511-512 or page 512 and Enrichment 9.3).  

Wednesday-Relate Fractions, Decimals, and Money (Lesson 9.4).  

Thursday-Assessment-Relate Tenths and Decimals and Relate Hundredths and Decimals (Lessons 9.1-9.2).  

Friday-Relate Fractions, Decimals, and Money (Lesson 9.4-homework, pages 517-518 or page 518 and Enrichment 9.4).



Bullhawks (Mr. Gray’s Afternoon Math Class)

Monday-Add Fractions Using Models (Lesson 7.3-homework, pages 405-406 or page 406 and Enrichment 7.3)l.  

Tuesday-Subtract Fractions Using Models (Lesson 7.4-homework, pages 407-408 or page 408 and Enrichment 7.4).  

Wednesday-Add and Subtract Fractions (Lesson 7.5-homework, pages 413-414 or page 414 and Enrichment 7.5).  

Thursday-Assessment:  Add and Subtract Parts of a Whole, Write Fractions as Sums, Add Fractions Using Models (Lessons 7.1-7.3).  

Friday-Rename Fractions and Mixed Numbers (Lesson 7.6).


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

Monday - Lesson 7.1, adding and subtracting fractions.  Homework will be pages 389-390 or lesson 7.1 PMT.

Tuesday - Lesson 7.2, writing fractions as sums.  Homework will be pages 395-396 or lesson 7.2 PMT.

Wednesday - 7.3, adding fractions using models.  Homework will be pages 401-402 or lesson 7.3 PMT.

Thursday and Friday - Quiz over lessons 7.1-7.3.  Then lesson 7.4, subtracting fractions using models.  Homework will be pages 407-408 or lesson 7.4 PMT.





Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Monday - Lesson 6.8, ordering fractions.  Homework will be pages 375-376 or lesson 6.8 PMT.

Tuesday and Wednesday - Quiz over lessons 6.7-6.8.  Then Lesson 7.1, adding and subtracting fractions. Homework will be pages 389-390 or lesson 7.1 PMT.

Thursday - Lesson 7.2, writing fractions as sums.  Homework will be pages 395-396 or lesson 7.2 PMT.

Friday - 7.3, adding fractions using models.  Homework will be pages 401-402 or lesson 7.3 PMT.


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


In the Classroom 3/19-3/23

posted Mar 20, 2018, 8:08 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:

This week in kindergarten our theme is Plants and the Living Life Cycle.  We will be learning about what a plant needs to live, the parts of a plant, how a plant grows, and the difference between living and nonliving.  In math, we are wrapping up our unit on the numbers from 11-19. In writing workshop, we are continuing to read examples of how-to stories to gain a better understanding of how to write this type of story.  We are also continuing to discuss topics that would be appropriate for “how-to” stories and are in the beginning stages of learning how to write a how-to story.


1st grade:  

Reading-Focuses during guided reading include practicing different reading strategies, hunks and chunks, and introducing contractions. The end of 4th quarter reading benchmark is an instructional level J.


Writing-In Writer’s Workshop this quarter we will be focusing on opinion writing. In first grade, the expectations for opinion writing are that students will compose pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.


Math- This week students will continue to identify and describe three-dimensional shapes.


Science- First graders will learn all about magnets. This topic focuses on how magnets attract and repel each other and certain kinds of materials.



2nd grade:

Reading:  Fourth quarter focuses on fables and fairy tales!  This week students will continue to read fables like The Lion and the Mouse, The Ant and the Grasshopper, and many others.  They will practice summarizing the fable and finding the moral or the lesson in it.

Writing:  We are writing opinions about books.  This week we will write about favorite parts of the book, characters, and illustrations.  When we write our opinion paragraph, we think OREO. O-opinion, R-reasons, E-explanations, O-opinion restated.


Math:  Multiplication is the focus for the week!  Students will be learning that multiplication is repeated addition (4x2 is the same as 4+4).  They will also draw arrays and equal groups to solve multiplication problems!


Wax Museum:  To wrap up our quarter on biographies, students will be participating in a wax museum.  Each student researched a famous person, will dress up like that person, and will give a speech to summarize his/ her life.  Students are very excited about showing off all of their hard work on this project!




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.


During reading mini-lessons this week, the students will spend a few more days  comparing and contrasting two texts on the same topic. We will also be focusing on author’s point of view and purpose.


In language, the students will continue working with basic prefixes and suffixes, to understand how they change the meaning of base/root words.  We will also be learning about different figurative language, focusing mainly on idioms this week.


During math this week, we will be finishing up our math unit on fractions and then move onto our measurement unit. Our measurement unit will focusing on telling time, finding elapsed time, measuring in inches, etc.


The last quarter of writing is focusing on adapting fairy tales into our own narratives. The students will read classics, and then made changes to the characters, settings, motivations, and solutions.   This week we are comparing original fairy tales to adapted fairy tales. We will compare and contrast their charters, settings, plots, and themes.


Science finds us wrapping up our unit on matter. The students have been studying the different phases of matter and how their atoms are arranged. The students will also observe the different states of matter as we conduct an experiment with rootbeer floats! Our last unit in Social Studies will focus on Decisions and Economics.



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 working on literary opinion essays.  In these, students will make a claim and work to support their claim with reasons and evidence from the texts.  


Science: This week, students will continue learning about different types of energy.  This week, students will learn about different types of circuits. Students will complete several hands on activities over the next several weeks all about electricity.  Students will also begin to learn about different measurement units and unit conversions.


Social Studies:  Money makes the world go ‘round! Fourth graders will be learning about the history of money, using money, where money is made and a bit about the stock market. Our next geography quiz will be over the western states of America. There is a timeline homework this week as well. After Spring Break - The Civil War!


Math:  

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

Monday-Multiply a Fraction by a Whole Number Using Models (Lesson 8.4-homework, pages 479-480 or page 480 and Enrichment 8.4).  

Tuesday-Assessment-Multiples of Units Fractions and Multiples of Fractions (Lessons 8.1-8.2).  Wednesday-Problem Solving:Comparison Problems with Fractions (Lesson 8.5, homework, pages 485-486 or page 486 and Enrichment 8.5).  

Thursday-review for Chapter 8 assessment tomorrow.  

Friday-Chapter 8 assessment.


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

Monday-Tuesday-Compare and Order Fractions (Lesson 6.8- homework-pages 375-376 or page 376 and Enrichment 6.8).  

Wednesday-Investigate:Add and Subtract Parts of a Whole (Lesson 7.1-homework, pages 389-390 or page 390 and Enrichment 7.1).   

Thursday-Write Fractions as Sums (Lesson 7.2-homework, 395 and 396 or page 396 and Enrichment 7.2).  

Friday- Assessment-Compare Fractions and Compare and Order Fractions  (Lessons 6.7 and 6.8).


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

Monday - Lesson 6.4, common denominators.  Homework will be pages 349-350 or lesson 6.4 PMT.

Tuesday and Wednesday - Quiz over lesson 6.4 then lesson 6.6, comparing fractions using benchmark fractions.  Homework will be pages 363-364 or 6.6 PMT.

Thursday - Lesson 6.7, compare fractions.  Homework will be pages 369-370 or lesson 6.7 PMT.

Friday - Lesson 6.8, ordering fractions.  Homework will be pages 375-376 or lesson 6.8 PMT.


Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Monday and Tuesday - Lesson 6.4, common denominators.  Homework will be pages 349-350 or lesson 6.4 PMT.

Wednesday and Thursday - Quiz over lesson 6.4 then lesson 6.6, comparing fractions using benchmark fractions.  Homework will be pages 363-364 or 6.6 PMT.

Friday - Lesson 6.7, compare fractions.  Homework will be pages 369-370 or lesson 6.7 PMT.


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


Specials:

Physical Education: This week in P.E. students in third and fourth grade will participate in their second round of the pacer fitness test!  We are excited to reach our goals and have fun while being fit. Students in first and second grade will demonstrate top notch throwing and catching in an activity called Jail House!  All students continue to show their amazing sportsmanship in the gym! Please remember gym shoes on PE days.


Art: Students in grade 4 will be working at stations in the art room.  We will be doing collaborative painting projects. We will also be doing an assortment of drawing exercises.  We will begin a unit on art history. Looking at art work closely to find objects with famous masterpieces that are unique to each artist.   


Music:

1st Grade: It is almost concert time!  Our concert is titled “Sea of Song”.  Students will be performing their concert on Monday March 20th at 7pm at Ross High School.  Students will need to be dressed nicely, in various colors based on class. Information will be sent home soon, telling which colors for which class.  Students will need to arrive by 6:45 for the performance. Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!


2nd Grade: Students have been hard at work writing and playing their own melodies.  We created songs for Great Big House in New Orleans, Zudio, and our Mud song.  In March we will be writing rhythm songs for a sneaky leprechaun. Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!


3rd Grade: More new notes.  3rd grade students will begin learning about the notes in the lines and spaces.  The line notes are labeled “Every Good Boy Does Fine” and the space notes are labeled “FACE”.  We will be using these notes to learn how to read music. Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!


4th Grade: More recorder songs have been happening in the music room.  Students have also been working on singing and playing in different parts.  4th graders have been reviewing musical different concepts. We will start learning songs for our concert real soon.  Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!

In the Classroom 3/12-3/16

posted Mar 14, 2018, 9:47 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:

This week in kindergarten our theme is an author study on Lio Lionni.  We will be reading a variety of his books and learning about the famous author.  We will be discussing important story elements within these stories. In math, we are continuing our unit on the numbers between 11 and 19.   In writing workshop, we are beginning our final unit. This unit will focus on writing informational stories. Students will be writing “how-to” stories to teach their readers how to do something.  We will also be learning about the season of spring!


1st grade:  

Reading-Focuses during guided reading include practicing different reading strategies, hunks and chunks, and introducing contractions. The end of 4th quarter reading benchmark is an instructional level J.


Writing-In Writer’s Workshop this quarter we will be focusing on opinion writing. In first grade, the expectations for opinion writing are that students will compose pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.


Math- This week students will begin chapter 11 of Go Math. In this chapter, students will identify and describe three-dimensional shapes.


Science- First graders will learn all about magnets. This topic focuses on how magnets attract and repel each other and certain kinds of materials.



2nd grade:

Reading:  We are starting our quarter of fables and fairy tales!  This week students will read fables like The Lion and the Mouse, The Ant and the Grasshopper, and many others.  They will practice summarizing the fable and finding the moral or the lesson in it.


Writing:  We are writing opinions about books.  This week we will write about favorite parts of the book, characters, and illustrations.  When we write our opinion paragraph, we think OREO. O-opinion, R-reasons, E-explanations, O-opinion restated.


Math:  Measurement is the focus for chapters 9.  We are estimating and measuring lengths of objects in centimeters and meters.  


Second Step:  Second step is a program we are using to build and support social-emotional skills.  This week we practiced calming down when we need to focus and stay on task. Below are the steps that we practiced.

  1. Use your stop signal

  2. Name your feeling

  3. Take belly breaths

  4. Count

  5. Use positive self talk



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.


During reading mini-lessons this week, the students will continue to compare and contrast two texts on the same topic. Given a variety of different passages on various topics, the students will read each passage and then compare and contrast the information found in each.


In language, the students will continue working with basic prefixes and suffixes, to understand how they change the meaning of base/root words.


During math this week, the students will be moving onto our measurement unit. They have been working hard on telling time to the quarter, five and nearest minute. We will be working on finding elapsed time in intervals as well.


The last quarter of writing is focusing on adapting fairy tales into our own narratives. The students will read classics, and then made changes to the characters, settings, motivations, and solutions.


Science finds us wrapping up our unit on matter. The students have been studying the different phases of matter and how their atoms are arranged. The students will also observe the different states of matter as we conduct an experiment with rootbeer floats! Our last unit in Social Studies will focus on Decisions and Economics.




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 continue learning about different types of energy.  This week, students will learn about conductors and insulators. We will first focus on conductors and insulators of heat, and then conductors and insulators of electricity.  


Social Studies:  Fourth graders are concluding their study of the Transportation Revolution. They are presenting their informational mini-slides on immigrants, countries and a few famous figures. We will review Tuesday and Wednesday and have a unit test on Thursday and Friday.


Math:  

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

Monday-Problem Solving:Multistep Fraction Problems (Lesson 7.10, homework, pages 446-447 or page 447 and Enrichment 7.10.  

Tuesday-Multiples of Units Fractions (Lesson 8.1, homework, pages 459-460 or page 460 and Enrichment 8.1).  

Wednesday-Chapter 7 Assessment.  

Thursday-Multiples of Fractions-(Lesson 8.2-homework, pages 465-466 or page 466 and Enrichment 8.2).  

Friday-Multiply a Fraction by a Whole Number Using Models (Lesson 8.3).


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

Monday-Tuesday-Compare Fractions Using Benchmarks (Lesson 6.6-homework, pages 363-364 and page 364 and Enrichment 6.6).  

Wednesday-Compare Fractions (Lesson 6.7, homework, pages 369-370 or page 370 and Enrichment 6.7).  

Thursday-Compare and Order Fractions (Lesson 6.8).  

Friday- Assessment-Common Denominators and Compare Fractions Using Benchmarks (Lessons 6.4 and 6.6).


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

Monday - Lesson 6.3, reducing fractions to simplest form.  Homework will be pages 343-344 or lesson 6.3 PMT.

Tuesday and Wednesday - Quiz over lessons 6.1-6.3 then lesson 6.4, common denominators.  Homework will be pages 349-350 or lesson 6.4 PMT.

Thursday and Friday - Quiz over lesson 6.4 then lesson 6.6, comparing fractions using benchmark fractions.  Homework will be pages 363-364 or 6.6 PMT.


Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Monday and Tuesday- Lesson 6.2, generating equivalent fractions.  Homework will be pages 337-338 or lesson 6.2 PMT.

Wednesday -  Lesson 6.3, reducing fractions to simplest form.  Homework will be pages 343-344 or lesson 6.3 PMT.

Thursday and Friday - Quiz over lessons 6.1-6.3 then lesson 6.4, common denominators.  Homework will be pages 349-350 or lesson 6.4 PMT.

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


Specials:

Physical Education: I want to thank everyone so much for such a great Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser!  The American Heart Association truly appreciates the support and generosity from the Elda family!  This week in PE, students will show their stuff in different stations around the gym! Students will dribble a basketball, play a small sided game of scooter hockey, demonstrate locomotor skills, and more!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days.


Art: Students in grade 3 are completing all art show projects.  Our art show is March 15, 5:30-7:00. Please mark your calendars!  Third grade students are also working on art show decorations. Third grade students that are participating in the recycling contest, creating an animal from recyclables, will need to place them on the table provided in the Elda’s lobby.  Students will need to make sure their first name, last name, grade, and teacher code is written on their projects.


Music:

1st Grade: It is almost concert time!  Our concert is titled “Sea of Song”.  Students will be performing their concert on Monday March 20th at 7pm at Ross High School.  Students will need to be dressed nicely, in various colors based on class. Information will be sent home soon, telling which colors for which class.  Students will need to arrive by 6:45 for the performance. Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!


2nd Grade: Students have been hard at work writing and playing their own melodies.  We created songs for Great Big House in New Orleans, Zudio, and our Mud song.  In March we will be writing rhythm songs for a sneaky leprechaun. Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!


3rd Grade: More new notes.  3rd grade students will begin learning about the notes in the lines and spaces.  The line notes are labeled “Every Good Boy Does Fine” and the space notes are labeled “FACE”.  We will be using these notes to learn how to read music. Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!


4th Grade: More recorder songs have been happening in the music room.  Students have also been working on singing and playing in different parts.  4th graders have been reviewing musical different concepts. We will start learning songs for our concert real soon.  Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!

Camp Invention!

posted Mar 9, 2018, 6:26 AM by Jesse Kohls

Let’s invent the future today at this summer’s Camp Invention! Ross Local School District is partnering with the National Inventors Hall of Fame to provide Camp Invention, a unique elementary summer enrichment experience with a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focus for children in our community, June 11th-15th. The camp will be at Ross Middle School this year. An exciting, weeklong summer adventure awaits with activities that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation, and sharpen their 21st century skills. A program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention allows children in grades K-6 to experience real-world problem solving, creative thinking, invention, and teamwork. Local, certified educators lead a week of hands-on activities that fuel children’s confidence in their natural ability to dream and create. Early registration discounts are available so don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity. Visit campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 for information. Information will also be sent home with your child this week. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ROCCsOdQHQ



In the Classroom 3/5/18 - 3/9/18

posted Mar 5, 2018, 11:26 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:

This week in kindergarten our theme is an author study on Kevin Henkes.  We will be reading a variety of his books and learning about the famous author.  We will be discussing important story elements within these stories. In math we are continuing chapter 7.  Chapter 7 focuses on representing, counting, and writing the numbers from 11 to 20. In writing workshop, we are sharing our favorite opinion stories and getting ready to clean out our writing folders!


1st grade:  

Daily 5- In reading groups, we are going to be working on identifying pronouns. Students will work on identifying pronouns in a sentence while reviewing other parts of speech. We are continuing to work hard in work on writing and word work stations!  


Math- This week, we are continuing our work with two dimensional shapes. Students will continue to identify vertices and number of sides of each shape. We are also working on dividing shapes into halves and fourths. Students are so excited to see shapes all around our classrooms and school!


Writing Workshop- This week in writing we will be taking our on demand writing tests! Students have been working so hard on teaching their readers about a topic. It is time to show what they have learned! I am excited to see the amazing stories they come up with.


Science-This week we will be investigating plants! We will be taking a look at the plant life cycle and studying what a plant needs to survive.


2nd grade:

Reading:  This week we will read about the Wright Brothers.  We will work on Author’s Purpose, main idea and details, and answering questions about these famous inventors.  


Writing:  We are writing opinions about books.  This week we wrote opinions about characters.  When we write our opinion paragraph, we think OREO.  O-opinion, R-reasons, E-explanations, O-opinion restated.


Math:  Measurement is the focus for chapters 8 and 9.  Students are measuring the length of objects.


Second Step:  Second step is a program we are using to build and support social-emotional skills.  This week we practiced calming down when we are angry. Ask your child how he/she could calm down if he/she is having a strong feeling.

  1. Use your stop signal

  2. Name your feeling

  3. Take belly breaths

  4. Count

  5. Be assertive when communicating your problem.


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.


During reading mini-lessons this week, the students will compare and contrast two texts on the same topic. Given a variety of different passages on various topics, the students will read each passage and then compare and contrast the information found in each.


In language, the students will be working with basic prefixes, to understand how they change the meaning of base/root words.


During math this week, the students will be wrapping up our fractions unit. They have worked to identify fractions, create fractions, locate fractions on a number line, compare fractions, order fractions, and find equivalent fractions. The students have worked to find equivalent fractions including models, fraction tiles, and cross multiplying.


Writing this week finds the students preparing to, and writing, their on-demand opinion pieces for the end of the quarter. Students will write their own thesis, supporting evidence, and conclusions to substantiate their opinions.


Students have begun our science unit on matter! We have been discussing the three phases of matter and the differences in their particles. Students will continue to explore the various states of matter throughout this unit. They will also be discussing how substances can change states.



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 continue learning about different types of energy.  To begin the week, students will work on creating instruments for our sound STEAM project with Mrs. Croskey.  They will be sharing these instruments in science, and using them in music. The week will end with students learning about the difference between conductors and insulators of heat.   


Social Studies:  We are finishing up our chapter on the War of 1812 and beginning our study of the Transportation Revolution. First boats, first steam engine, how it worked and how it revolutionized American travel and trade industry. Students will gain an understanding of how railroads and canals were built - by hand! Homework this week includes finding out where their ancestors are from - Family Tree.


Math:  

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

Monday-Tuesday-Rename Fractions and Mixed Numbers (Lesson 7.6-homework, pages 421-422  or page 422 and Enrichment 7.6).

Wednesday--Add and Subtract Mixed Numbers (Lesson 7.7-homework, pages 427-428 or page 428 and Enrichment 7.7).  

Thursday-Subtraction with Renaming (Lesson 7.8).  

Friday-Assessment-Subtract Fractions Using Models, Add and Subtract Fractions and Rename Fractions and Mixed Numbers (Lessons 7.4-7.6).


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

Monday-Generate Equivalent Fractions (Lesson 6.2, homework, pages 337-338 or page 338 and Enrichment 6.2)).   

Tuesday-Wednesday-Simplest Form (Lesson 6.3-homework, pages 343-344 or page 344 and Enrichment 6.3).  

Thursday-Common Denominators (Lesson 6.4-homework, pages 349-350 or page 350 and Enrichment 6.4).  

Friday-Assessment-Generating Equivalent Fractions and Simplest Form (Lessons 6.1-6.3).   


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

Monday and Tuesday - Quiz over lesson 5.2-5.6.  Then lesson 6.1, equivalent fractions. Homework will be pages 331-332 or lesson 6.1 PMT.

Wednesday - Lesson 6.2, generating equivalent fractions.  Homework will be pages 337-338 or lesson 6.2 PMT.

Thursday and Friday - Quiz over lessons 6.1-6.2.  Then lesson 6.3, reducing fractions to simplest form.  Homework will be pages 343-344 or lesson 6.3 PMT.


Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Monday - Lesson 5.5, prime and composite numbers.  Homework will be pages 309-310 or lesson 5.5 PMT.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Quiz over lesson 5.2-5.6.  Then lesson 6.1, equivalent fractions. Homework will be pages 331-332 or lesson 6.1 PMT.

Thursday - Lesson 6.2, generating equivalent fractions.  Homework will be pages 337-338 or lesson 6.2 PMT.

Friday-Quiz over lessons 6.1-6.2.  Then lesson 6.3, reducing fractions to simplest form.  Homework will be pages 343-344 or lesson 6.3 PMT.


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



Specials:

Physical Education: All students are jump roping, and rocking it!  The last day for Jump Rope for Heart was March 2nd!  The American Heart Association truly appreciates all the hard work and generosity from all students and their families!  We will continue jump roping this week with an activity called Jump Rope Battleship! Students will put their jump rope skills to the test with a team work activity!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days.


Art: Students in grade 2 are completing Easter coloring pages of bunny rabbits.  Students are also completing art show pictures in the art room. Our second graders are working on collaborative art projects for the art show as well.  We will be completing a feather project inspired by artist Kelsey Montague. Kelsey Montague created wing art where wings are painted all over the world and people can stand between the wings and have their pictures taken.  We will have a photograph area for our student’s created wings so everyone visiting the art show can have a photo taken. Everyone can take part in our art! Some second graders are finishing hot air balloon collage pictures with their photo of their self included.   


Music:

1st Grade: It is almost concert time!  Our concert is titled “Sea of Song”.  Students will be performing their concert on Monday March 20th at 7pm at Ross High School.  Students will need to be dressed nicely, in various colors based on class. Information will be sent home soon, telling which colors for which class.  Students will need to arrive by 6:45 for the performance. Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!


2nd Grade: Students have been hard at work writing and playing their own melodies.  We created songs for Great Big House in New Orleans, Zudio, and our Mud song.  In March we will be writing rhythm songs for a sneaky leprechaun. Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!


3rd Grade: More new notes.  3rd grade students will begin learning about the notes in the lines and spaces.  The line notes are labeled “Every Good Boy Does Fine” and the space notes are labeled “FACE”.  We will be using these notes to learn how to read music. Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!


4th Grade: More recorder songs have been happening in the music room.  Students have also been working on singing and playing in different parts.  4th graders have been reviewing musical different concepts. We will start learning songs for our concert real soon.  Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!

In the Classroom 2/26/18-3/2/18

posted Feb 27, 2018, 10:05 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:

This week in kindergarten our theme is Dr. Seuss.  We are celebrating Right to Read Week by learning about the famous author and students will be listening to Dr. Seuss stories all week.  We will be discussing rhyming words, word families, and story elements throughout these stories.  In math, students are finishing up the unit on subtraction and beginning chapter 7.  Chapter 7 focuses on representing, counting, and writing the numbers from 11 to 20.


1st grade:  

**This week is Right to Read week! We are super excited to take a little extra time out to focus on reading and how important it is to grow our brains! Ask your child about DEAR and where they read in the building this week!


Daily 5- In reading groups, we are going to be working on identifying the author’s message and the theme of a book. We will read some really fun Mo Willems books that portray a message that is relatable to our first graders.  They will also tie into our Second Step SEL lessons so I am excited to see the connections our first graders will make!


Math- This week, we are continuing our work with two dimensional shapes. We will start a shape journal this week where students can record their findings about different shapes and where we see those shapes in the classroom/ school. Take a look at the journals on Friday with your student to see their discoveries!


Writing Workshop- This week we will continue working with informational stories.

We are wrapping this unit up and will take our On Demand writing test next week. We have had so much fun this unit picking topics we know a lot about and then teaching our readers about that topic. I am excited to see what stories the students come up with on their writing test!


Dr. Seuss- First graders at Elda will be learning all about Theodor Seuss Geisel this week through reading and discussing Dr. Seuss books in the classroom. Each day we will learn about the author, his books, and, of course, read those books all week long! This unit is so fun for first graders! I am excited for this week of fun-filled teaching and learning!




2nd grade:

Reading:  This week we read about Thomas Edison.  We worked on Author’s Purpose, main idea and details, and answering questions about this famous inventor.


Writing:  We are writing opinions about books.  This week we wrote opinions about characters.  When we write our opinion paragraph, we think OREO.  O-opinion, R-reasons, E-explanations, O-opinion restated.


Math:  Measurement is the focus for chapter 8.  Students are measuring the length of objects with rulers.  We are measuring to the nearest inch.  Students also practiced estimating the lengths of objects.


Second Step:  Second step is a program we are using to build and support social-emotional skills.  This week we practiced calming down.  Ask your child how he/she could calm down if he/she is having a strong feeling.

  1. Use your stop signal

  2. Name your feeling

  3. Take belly breaths





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.


For reading this week, the students will be focusing on the non-fiction text structure sequencing. Students will be connecting important events in a story by looking for keywords. Students will also explain the relationship between events by recalling them in paragraph form.


In language, the students will be working with prefixes and suffixes. They will learn that prefixes come before a root words and suffixes come at the end of a root word.  They will also learn that adding prefixes or suffixes to a root word can change its meaning.


This week in math, the third grade students continue to focus on fractions.  Students will use fraction tiles or the “draw it out” strategy to support their understanding. We will continue working on equivalent fractions (fractions that are show an equal amount). For example: ½ and 3/6 are equivalent fractions they both shade half of the shape. Continue to practice those multiplication facts!


In writing, students will continue writing opinion pieces. They will continue to utilize a checklist to ensure that their writing is detailed and complete. Students will practice writing a strong thesis statement and supporting their opinions with reasons and evidence.


In social studies, the students will study the changes in communities over time. The students will focus on changes in architecture, business, education, communication, and transportation in this unit of study. We will also be discussing how the community has been modified, discuss the different cultural groups in communities and look at line graphs to see how data changes over time.



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 to learn about different types of energy.  We will be learning about the different forms of energy, and how each form is related to the others.  Students will have a quiz next week on the states of matter, chemical and physical changes, and the conservation of matter.   


Social Studies:  What does it take to become a state around here? Fourth graders will be learning about the frontier movement from the east coast to Ohio; who wanted to live in Ohio, first towns, how they got here and the Northwest Ordinance! What states were included in the Northwest Territory and the criteria to belong will be the focus of study. Later this week we will hold a mock town council meeting. Homework this week includes State Dailies.


Math:  

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

Monday-Add Fractions Using Models (Lesson 7.3-homework, pages 401-402, page 402 and Enrichment 7.3).  

Tuesday-Subtract Fractions Using Models (Lesson 7.4-homework, pages 407-408 or page 408 and Enrichment 7.4).  

Wednesday-Assessment-Compare Fractions  and Compare and Order Fractions (Lessons 6.7-6.8).  

Thursday-Add and Subtract Fractions (Lesson 7.5-homework-pages 413-414 or page 414 and Enrichment 7.5).  

Friday-Assessment-Add and Subtract Parts of a Whole, Write Fractions as Sums, Add Fractions Using Models (Lessons 7.1-7.3).


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

Monday-Prime and Composite Numbers (Lesson 5.5, homework, pages 308-309 or 309 and Enrichment 5.5).   

Tuesday-Algebra:  Number Patterns (Lesson 5.6, homework, pages 315-316 or page 316 and Enrichment 5.6.  

Wednesday-Thursday-Generate Equivalent Fractions (Lesson 6.2, homework, pages 337-338 or page 338 and Enrichment 6.2).   

Friday-Assessment:  Factors and Multiples, Prime and Composite Numbers, and Number Patterns (Lessons 5.4-5.6) .        


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

Tuesday-Lesson 5.2, factors and divisibility.  Homework will be pages 289-290 or lesson 5.2 PMT.

Wednesday and Thursday-Lesson 5.3, common factors.  Homework will be pages 295-296 or lesson 5.3 PMT.

Friday-Chapter 5 Mid-Chapter Checkpoint.  Then lesson 5.4, factors and multiples.  Homework will be pages 303-304 or lesson 5.4 PMT.


Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Tuesday and Wednesday-Lesson 5.2, factors and divisibility.  Homework will be pages 289-290 or lesson 5.2 PMT.

Thursday and Friday-Lesson 5.3, common factors.  Homework will be pages 295-296 or lesson 5.3 PMT.


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



Specials:

Physical Education: All students are jump roping, and rocking it!  The last day for Jump Rope for Heart is March 2nd!  The American Heart Association truly appreciates all the hard work and generosity from all students and their families!  We will continue jump roping this week with an activity called Jump Rope Battleship!  Students will put their jump rope skills to the test with a team work activity!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days.  


Art: Students in grade four are working to complete art show projects.  Mr. Kiefer’s class have created sunset landscapes, added digital photos of their self.  The class is also creating paper collage giant fish.  Students will be painting a background when their paper collage fish are complete.  Mr. Jefferson’s class and Mr. Gray’s class are cutting out landscape overlapping pictures.  Mrs. Brosiers’ class are completing paper collage jungle pictures with tigers. All classes will continue to work on Imovies when their art projects are completed.


Music:

1st Grade: 1st grade students have been hard at work learning and using their beginning rhythm notes.  Students can clap, sing, write, and even decode songs using Ta, Ta-di, and Rest.  Soon we will begin adding melody notes to our vocabulary! Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!


2nd Grade: Great job at the concert!  Students really worked hard from October through December to get ready to showcase what they have been learning in music class.  We will be continuing our work on rhythm and melody notes.  Students will begin to practice and play more simple melodies on the barred instruments.  Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!


3rd Grade: With a new year comes new rhythm and melody notes.  Third grade students are going to be hard at work learning all kinds of new songs and melodies with these new notes.  We will be playing lots on the instruments too, so make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!


4th Grade: Hopefully recorder practice has been going well at home!  I know students were excited to be able to take home their recorders and share all their wonderful songs with you.  Students are able to get extra credit by learning and recording videos on google classroom.  These songs are a part of the Recorder Karate program.  We will be using recorders in music class as well as continuing to sing and play other instruments. Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!

Kindergarten Registration

posted Feb 23, 2018, 8:44 AM by Jesse Kohls

--Calendar Change--


We just can’t wait to see you!

Kindergarten Registration will now be Tuesday, March 20th



Kindergarten Registration Options:

  • Kindergarten registration will be held at Elda on Tues, March 20th from 4:30-6:30 PM.

  • In addition, parents may register students March 21, 22, & 23 from 9:30AM-3:00PM.




Children who are five years of age before August 1 are eligible to attend next year’s Kindergarten classes.


~Enrollment packets may now be picked up in the office~

           


Items needed for registration:

  • The child’s original birth certificate (a hospital record is not acceptable)

  • The required immunization record

  • Any custody documents that will clarify divorce or other court ordered arrangements.

  • Parents will also need to have residency documentation which requires one of the following:

1) either rent or house payment receipt reflecting your name and address

--OR--

2) telephone and/or utility receipt reflecting your name and address. If these are not possible then residency affidavits will need to be completed and notarized.





*If you have friends and family that you know need to register for kindergarten please share this information with them!


Right to Read Week!

posted Feb 23, 2018, 7:34 AM by Jesse Kohls

SAVE THE DATE!
RIGHT TO READ WEEK 2018
Exploring the World Through Books!
February 26- March 2

During this exciting week, students will participate in a variety of activities such as lobby reads, exploring different book displays, and more!  On March 2nd, we will celebrate Dr. Seuss’s 114th birthday and have a COSI presentation!  We will also have dress up days all week (see schedule below).


 



Dress Up Days:


  • Monday: Read a T-Shirt Day “Wear a t-shirt for all to read!”

    • Activities:

      • DEAR (Drop Everything & Read)

      • Sing a camp song on musical Monday


  • Tuesday: Hat Day “Hats Off to Reading!”

    • Activities:

      • DEAR (Drop Everything & Read)

      • Have a fun dance party at lunch!


  • Wednesday- Mismatch Day “No Rhyme or Reason”

    • Activities:

      • DEAR (Drop Everything & Read)

      • Read a Dr. Seuss poem on announcements

      • Read a poetry/Dr. Seuss book during DEAR time


  • Thursday- Explorer Day “Dress like an explorer!”

    • Activities:

      • DEAR (Drop Everything & Read)

      • Explore a non-fiction book as a class or on your own.
        Option: Walk through the building and explore the different book displays-


  • Friday- RAMM Spirit Wear “Show your school spirit for COSI!”

    • Activities:

      • DEAR (Drop Everything & Read)

      • COSI Assembly

      • Dr. Seuss's Birthday!

In the Classroom 2/20/18 - 2/23/18

posted Feb 21, 2018, 11:55 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:

This week in kindergarten our theme is both Presidents and maps.  We will be learning about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and learning how to read and construct basic maps. In math, students are continuing to build their knowledge of subtraction. In writing workshop, students are using persuasive language in their stories and adding more details.  We look forward to seeing everyone at conferences.


1st grade:  

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 set aside time to read with your child for at least 15 minutes each day.  While reading with your child, ask “What story clues are in the title and pictures?  Is this fiction or nonfiction?  How do you know?  What do you think will happen next?  How do you think the story will end?  What is the author trying to teach you?”


In writing workshop, students are composing informational stories, teaching their readers about a topic.  First graders are continuing to work on forming complete sentences with correct capitalization, punctuation and spacing. Ask your child what they’ve learned about text features!


Our mathematicians have been busy telling time to the nearest hour and half hour, reading and graphing data and solving addition and subtraction story problems. Show your child that math is in our daily lives by letting them help you cook and count and measure the ingredients.  Have children point out patterns they find in nature.  Give your child coins to practice counting money.  Count steps as you take a walk.  Skip count by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.




2nd grade:

Reading:  Students are reading biographies and studying famous Americans!  They will practice several comprehension skills, such as finding the main idea and details, comparing and contrasting, asking and answering questions, and identifying the author’s purpose!


Math:  This week is all about money!  Students will continue counting collections of quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies.


Writing:  Students are writing scientific lab reports.  They will conduct experiments on force and motion.  They will write lab reports that include a question to study, a hypothesis, procedures, and results.




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.


For reading this week, the students will be focusing on the non-fiction text structure sequencing. Students will be connecting important events in a story by looking for keywords. Students will also explain the relationship between events by recalling them in paragraph form.


In language, the students will be working with prefixes and suffixes. They will learn that prefixes come before a root words and suffixes come at the end of a root word.  They will also learn that adding prefixes or suffixes to a root word can change its meaning.


This week in math, the third grade students continue to focus on fractions. We will start the week off comparing two or more fractions. Students will use fraction tiles or the “draw it out” strategy to support their understanding. By the end of the week we will be focusing on equivalent fractions (fractions that are show an equal amount). For example: ½ and 3/6 are equivalent fractions they both shade half of the shape. Continue to practice those multiplication facts!


In writing, students will continue writing opinion pieces. They will continue to utilize a checklist to ensure that their writing is detailed and complete. Students will practice writing a strong thesis statement and supporting their opinions with reasons and evidence.


In social studies, the students will study the changes in communities over time. The students will focus on changes in architecture, business, education, communication, and transportation in this unit of study. We will also be discussing how the community has been modified, discuss the different cultural groups in communities and look at line graphs to see how data changes over time.



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 to learn about different types of energy.  We will be learning about the different forms of energy, and how each form is related to the others.  Students will have a quiz next week on the states of matter, chemical and physical changes, and the conservation of matter.   


Social Studies:  What does it take to become a state around here? Fourth graders will be learning about the frontier movement from the east coast to Ohio; who wanted to live in Ohio, first towns, how they got here and the Northwest Ordinance! What states were included in the Northwest Territory and the criteria to belong will be the focus of study. Later this week we will hold a mock town council meeting. Homework this week includes State Dailies.


Math:  

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

Monday-No School-Presidents’ Day.  

Tuesday-Wednesday-Compare and Order Fractions (Lesson 6.8, homework, pages, 375-376 or page 376 and Enrichment 6.8).  

Thursday-Investigate: Add and Subtract Parts of a Whole (Lesson 7.1, homework, pages 389-390 or page 390 and Enrichment 7.1).  

Friday-Write Fractions as Sums-(Lesson 7.2, homework, pages 395-396, or page 396 and Enrichment 7.2).  


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

Monday-No School-Presidents’ Day.   

Tuesday-Wednesday-Factors and Multiples (Lesson 5.4, homework, pages 303-304 or page 304 and Enrichment 5.3)  

Thursday-Assessment-Factors, Factors and Divisibility, and Common Factors (Lessons 5.1-5.3)..  Friday-Prime and Composite Numbers (Lesson 5.5, homework, pages 308-309 or 309 and Enrichment 5.5) .        


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

Tuesday-Lesson 5.2, factors and divisibility.  Homework will be pages 289-290 or lesson 5.2 PMT.

Wednesday and Thursday-Lesson 5.3, common factors.  Homework will be pages 295-296 or lesson 5.3 PMT.

Friday-Chapter 5 Mid-Chapter Checkpoint.  Then lesson 5.4, factors and multiples.  Homework will be pages 303-304 or lesson 5.4 PMT.


Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Tuesday and Wednesday-Lesson 5.2, factors and divisibility.  Homework will be pages 289-290 or lesson 5.2 PMT.

Thursday and Friday-Lesson 5.3, common factors.  Homework will be pages 295-296 or lesson 5.3 PMT.


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



Specials:

Physical Education: All students have received all the paperwork to start fundraising for a great cause!  We will begin jump rope stations and learn about a healthy heart!  Every class will also have a chance to join the two minute jump club!  At the end of every class, students will try to jump nonstop for two minutes!   We look forward to a healthy, fun week!


Art: Students in grade four are working to complete art show projects.  Mr. Kiefer’s class have created sunset landscapes, added digital photos of their self.  The class is also creating paper collage giant fish.  Students will be painting a background when their paper collage fish are complete.  Mr. Jefferson’s class and Mr. Gray’s class are cutting out landscape overlapping pictures.  Mrs. Brosiers’ class are completing paper collage jungle pictures with tigers. All classes will continue to work on Imovies when their art projects are completed.


Music:

1st Grade: 1st grade students have been hard at work learning and using their beginning rhythm notes.  Students can clap, sing, write, and even decode songs using Ta, Ta-di, and Rest.  Soon we will begin adding melody notes to our vocabulary! Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!


2nd Grade: Great job at the concert!  Students really worked hard from October through December to get ready to showcase what they have been learning in music class.  We will be continuing our work on rhythm and melody notes.  Students will begin to practice and play more simple melodies on the barred instruments.  Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!


3rd Grade: With a new year comes new rhythm and melody notes.  Third grade students are going to be hard at work learning all kinds of new songs and melodies with these new notes.  We will be playing lots on the instruments too, so make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!


4th Grade: Hopefully recorder practice has been going well at home!  I know students were excited to be able to take home their recorders and share all their wonderful songs with you.  Students are able to get extra credit by learning and recording videos on google classroom.  These songs are a part of the Recorder Karate program.  We will be using recorders in music class as well as continuing to sing and play other instruments. Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!

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