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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.

Principal Message on YouTube

posted Oct 24, 2017, 8:59 AM by Jesse Kohls

Be sure to check out our latest Principal Message video!


In the Classroom 10/23 - 10/27

posted Oct 23, 2017, 12:48 PM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:

This week in kindergarten our theme is Halloween!  Students will be listening to stories focusing on this topic.  Students will begin working on how to compare and represent numbers up to ten in math.  In writing workshop, students are focusing on how to write narrative stories that a reader will really want to read.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the Halloween party!


1st grade:  

First quarter flew by! We’re jumping into second quarter ready to practice the following skills:


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! Ask your first grader about our Daily 5 centers.  Students  are continuing to build their reading stamina and make smooth transitions during center time.


In writing workshop, children are composing realistic fiction narratives with correct capitalization, punctuation and a beginning, middle and end.  Keeping a daily journal or diary is an excellent way to practice writing skills at home!  


Our little mathematicians have been busy adding and subtracting numbers and learning those combinations of ten!  Please help your student memorize their doubles facts (0+0, 1+1, 2+2, 3+3, 4+4, 5+5, 6+6, 7+7, 8+8, 9+9, 10+10). Our math vocabulary is growing! Ask your child to explain the difference between the sum and the difference.


2nd grade:

It is Red Ribbon Week at Elda!  Students are focusing on being healthy and happy kids!  Each day we will celebrate with a different theme!  This week in reading, students will continue to read informational or nonfiction books.  We will work on the comprehension skill of asking and answering questions when reading.  Students will learn that good readers ask and answer questions before, during, and after reading a text!  In math, students will continue to explore big numbers!  We will be adding two digit numbers this week using a variety of strategies.  Writing workshop will continue to focus on writing narratives!  We will look at expert authors as our writing mentors.  Students will incorporate their mentor’s writing moves into their own writing!  In science, students will finish the unit on interactions within habitats.  We are all excited for the Halloween parties on Friday!  Happy Halloween!




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 familiarizing students with AIR test format, structure and tools. We will spend some time looking through practice tests, asking questions about the tools provided, and learning how to use the interface of the testing system. This time will be spent making students comfortable with the testing format. Third grade students will take Part 1 of the ELA AIR test on Thursday, October 26th. Please be sure your kiddo gets a good night's sleep, eats a healthy breakfast and comes to school on time and ready to show off their ELA skills!


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 continuing work in the 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 begin our first social studies unit 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: This week, students will begin  to learn about the relationships between living things and their environments.  Students will be learning about instincts, behavioral adaptations, and physical adaptations.  Students will also learn how environmental changes can affect animals and other living things.  


Social Studies: Students have joined Social Studies Google Classroom where project information is located and often other assignments. We continue with our study of Historic Native Americans of Ohio, learning about village life, legends, roles of men and women and religious beliefs. Geography and map skills continue as well.

Math:  

Gray Savages (Mr. Gray’s Morning Math Class)-Monday-Problem Solving: Multistep Multiplication Problems (Lesson 2.9, homework-pages).  

Tuesday-Quiz over Lessons 2.1-2.2 (Algebra).   

Wednesday-Thursday-Algebra: Solving Multistep Problems Using Equations (Order of Operations) (Lesson 2.12, homework-pages 135-136 or pages 136 and Enrichment 2.12).  Friday-Multiplying with Tens (Lesson 3.1).


Bullhawks (Mr. Gray’s Afternoon Math Class)-Monday-Quiz over Lessons 2.5 and  2.6 (Distributive Property)

Tuesday-2-Digit by 1-Digit Multiplication with Regrouping (Lesson 2.10, homework, pages 123-124 or pg 124 and Enrichment 2.10)

Wednesday-3-Digit and 4-Digit by 1-Digit Multiplication with Regrouping (Lesson 2.11, homework-pages 129-130 or page 130 and Enrichment 2.11).  

Thursday-Multiplication Comparisons (Lesson 2.1).  

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


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 working so hard in physical education!  We are so excited for the Halloween stations this week!  All stations will be Halloween theme with spooky music playing!  All students will participate in these fun stations!  Our stations will consist of a zombie walk, pumpkin pull-ups, brain toss, jumping spiders, bowling with ghosts, and the batmobile!  Students will be working on skills such as rolling, throwing, balancing, muscular strength, and scooter skills!  


Art:  In third grade students are completing all Halloween projects and working on Thanksgiving projects.  All classes will be creating the school turkey.  Our turkey is made from cardboard boxes and will be covered with brown paper and display the schools feathers with names on the background of the turkey.  Grade three is making construction paper turkeys adding them to a colorful camouflage background of tissue paper.  Classes are also creating turkeys that are cooks.  Students will use their imagination to make hats for their turkeys, adding spoons and forks to a bowl full of food.  Students created an awesome Red Ribbon Week display in the cafeteria.  


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.


Media:

All students are watching a Book Fair preview video highlighting a few titles that will be available at the book fair.  Our theme for the fair is a Wild West Book Fair: Saddle Up and Read!

Book fair is open every day this week and Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 7:00pm. All classes will have a 30 min. Time period to browse/buy books from the book fair.


In the Classroom 10/17 - 10/20

posted Oct 18, 2017, 9:23 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:

We have finished up the quarterly assessments and are ready for the second quarter!  This week we will be learning about Day and Night.  We will begin learning facts about Bats in a nonfiction unit.  


In writing, we will continue to stretch out words, documenting all the sounds we hear.  We will also keep using finger spaces between words. Talk about stories your kindergartener can write while at school.  All stories should contain a beginning, middle and ending.  Always encourage neat handwriting!


1st grade:  

  • Reading-Focuses during guided reading include practicing different reading strategies, hunks and chunks, and introducing bossy e. The end of first quarter benchmark is an instructional level D.


  • Writing-First graders will work on revising their stories using a checklist. Students will check to make sure that their sentences start with a capital letter and end with punctuation. They will also check to make sure sight words are spelled correctly and that they have sounded out unfamiliar words. Next quarter we will begin realistic fiction writing.


  • Math- This week students will be introduced to odd and even numbers.


  • Social Studies-First graders will learn all about Christopher Columbus.


2nd grade:

The first week of the second quarter will be very busy!  Reading is taking a big shift.  The first quarter focused on fiction.  Second quarter will focus on informational or nonfiction texts.  This week, students are learning about the different nonfiction features like titles, headings, subheadings, photographs, diagrams, charts, tables, table of contents, glossary, and more!  In math, students are finishing chapter 3.  Students are working on problem solving with addition and subtraction.  They will also be introduced to making equal groups, repeated addition, and multiplication!  Students will explore endangered and extinct animals during science.  Writing workshop will continue to focus on writing small moment personal narratives.  It is 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. The spelling pattern for this week is -er and -or sounds..


In reading mini-lessons, we will continue to  learn about different text features in nonfiction books and discussing their purpose and how they help us when we read. We will also be using these text features and photographs/illustrations to help answer questions about the text. These skills will carry over into small guided reading groups so that students can work with the teacher to practice at their instructional level using appropriate texts. While the teacher is meeting with groups, students will be engaging in independent reading or centers.


During language this week, we will continue to review regular and irregular plural nouns. Students will learn the rules when to add -s, -es, -ies, and -ves to a noun. We will also begin working on possessive nouns, by adding an apostrophe s to nouns to show ownership.

In Math, some classes will be finishing up Chapter 2 on using and interpreting data and then move on to our multiplication unit. Other classes will continue to work on Chapter 3. 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.


In writing, students will be starting the next writing unit - Informational writing.  Students will discuss what topics they are experts in and share this information through quick writes. As the unit continues they will write about different nonfiction topics. .


In science, we have been learning about what energy is and how energy can change form. This week we will discuss different types of energies, such as heat, sound, and light.



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  to learn about the relationships between living things and their environments.  Students will focus on the effects something alive can have on its environment, or an affect the environment can have on a living thing.  


Social Studies: Continuing on with the story of our past; History. Students will be introduced to the six Historic Native American tribes of Ohio beginning with the first group here, the Wyandot. We will be reading from our Ohio Studies Weekly, taking notes and begin this unit’s project.

Math:  

Gray Savages (Mr. Gray’s Morning Math Class)-Tuesday-Wednesday-Algebra: Comparison Problems (Lesson 2.2. Homework-pages 73 and 74 or page 74 and Enrichment Page2.2).  

Thursday-Problem Solving: Multistep Multiplication Problems (Lesson 2.9)

Friday-Quiz over Lessons 2.7, 2.10 and 2.11.


Bullhawks (Mr. Gray’s Afternoon Math Class)- Tuesday-Wednesday-The Distributive Property of Multiplication (Lesson 2.6, homework-pages 97 and 98 or page 98 and Enrichment 2.6).

Thursday-Friday-Multiply Using Partial Products (Lesson 2.7, homework-pages 103 and 104 or page 104 and Enrichment Page 2.7).  


Gray Savages (Mr. Kiefer’s morning math class)-Tuesday-Lesson 2.6, multiplying using expanded form.  Homework will be pages 97-98 or lesson 2.6 PMT

Wednesday and Thursday-Quiz over lessons 2.5-2.6, then lesson 2.7, multiplying using partial products.  Homework will be pages 103-104 or lesson 2.7 PMT.

Friday-Lesson 2.1, multiplication comparisons.  Homework will be pages 67-68 or 2.1 PMT.


Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)-Tuesday-Lesson 2.5, the distributive property.  Homework will be pages 91-92 or lesson 2.5 PMT.  

Wednesday-Lesson 2.6, expanded form.  Homework will be pages 97-98 or lesson 2.6 PMT.

Thursday and Friday-Quiz over lessons 2.5-2.6, then lesson 2.7, multiplying using partial products.  Homework will be pages 103-104 or lesson 2.7 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!  We are loving the beautiful weather to get outside once in awhile!  This week in PE, students in grades first and second grade will focus on direction and level changes, teamwork, and invading skills!  Students in third and fourth grade will demonstrate throwing, catching, and blocking skills in an activity called eyes up hands up!  Everyone continues to work on our sportsmanship and teamwork!  Keep up the great work in PE!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days!  


Art:  In art our second grade classes are working on scarecrow pictures.  Students are using their imaginations drawing scarecrows in pencil outlining with black marker, and coloring with crayon.  Students complete their pictures by adding raffia (plastic straw) and buttons.  This is a mixed media project.  Second grade classes are also completing Monochromatic (one color) pictures of bats with moon.  


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.


Media:

All grades will begin a unit on Digital Citizenship this week.  Kindergarten, First and Second grade students will discuss safe sites and how quickly close out of problem sites.  While Third grade students will discuss AUPs (Acceptable Use Policies) what they are and how they affect you.  Finally Fourth grade students will discuss personal information, what it is and how to keep it safe.


In the Classroom 10/09 - 10/13

posted Oct 10, 2017, 11:56 AM by Jesse Kohls

1st grade:  

  • Reading-Focuses during guided reading include practicing different reading strategies, hunks and chunks, and introducing bossy e. The end of first quarter benchmark is an instructional level D.


  • Writing-First graders will work on revising their stories using a checklist. Students will check to make sure that their sentences start with a capital letter and end with punctuation. They will also check to make sure sight words are spelled correctly and that they have sounded out unfamiliar words. Next quarter we will begin realistic fiction writing.


  • Math- This week students will be introduced to odd and even numbers.


  • Social Studies-First graders will learn all about Christopher Columbus.


2nd grade:

It is hard to believe that this is the last week of the first quarter!  Students have grown and learned so much from the beginning of the year.  This week, second graders are practicing how to spell words with long a patterns using ai and ay.  In language, students will review parts of speech learned so far this year (nouns, verbs, adjectives, plural nouns, proper nouns, and pronouns).  Reading continues to focus on literature.  Students are reviewing how to ask and answer questions when they are reading to better understand the story.


Students continue to write small moment personal narratives.  This week, students will look at authors as mentors.  They will try to incorporate powerful moves that the authors use in their own writing!  


In math, students continue to practice addition strategies.  This week we will work on making a ten to add, adding 3 addends, and using fact families. We have a busy week planned!


3rd grade:  

The first quarter ends on October 13.


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. The spelling pattern for this week is short i, o and u.


In reading mini-lessons, we use our knowledge of story elements to write thorough retellings using the prompts first, next, after that, and in the end. We will also work on retellings using “Somebody Wanted But So Then” in order to assure that all essential elements are included within the retelling. We will also be learning about different text features in nonfiction books and discussing their purpose and how they help us when we read. These skills will carry over into small guided reading groups so that students can work with the teacher to practice at their instructional level using appropriate texts. While the teacher is meeting with groups, students will be engaging in independent reading or centers.


During language this week, students will learn about regular and irregular plural nouns. Students will learn when to add -s or -es to a noun. We will also be working on nouns that end in f. The students will work to turn leaf into leaves and half into halves.

Math this week we will be starting our multiplication unit. Students will be working with different strategies throughout this unit to understand the process of multiplication. This week we will be focusing on equal groups, repeated addition, skip counting and arrays.


In writing, students are working hard writing their personal narratives about important people and places in their lives. Students will wrap up the personal narratives unit with their final personal narrative writing piece this week.


In science, we have been learning about what energy is and how energy can change form. Next week we will begin to discuss different types of energies.


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 wrapping up their narratives for the quarter.  Students will be writing their on demand essay for the report card.  Our next unit will be opinion writing.  


Science: This week, students will finish working with observations and inferences.  Tuesday and Wednesday this week, students will review for their test over the water cycle, weathering and erosion, and landforms.  Mr. Jefferson and Mr. Gray’s classes will have their test Thursday.  Mrs. Brosier and Mr. Kiefer’s classes will have their test Friday.  


Social Studies: Students will be getting ready for their next geography quiz over North America. We will also be studying how geography affects our lives, and the five themes of geography - location, place, region, human/environmental interaction and movement.

Math:  

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

Monday-Tuesday-Multiplying Two-Digit Numbers with Regrouping (Lesson 2.10, homework-pages 123-124 or pages 124 and Enrichment 2.10)  

Wednesday-Quiz over Lessons 2.5-2.6.  

Thursday-Friday-Multiplying with Three-Digit and Four-Digit Numbers with Regrouping (Lesson 2.11, homework, pages 129-130 or page 130 and Enrichment Page 2.11)


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

Monday-Estimating Products (Lesson 2.4- homework-pages 85 and 86 or pg 86 and Enrichment 2.4).

Tuesday--Investigating the Distributive Property (Lesson 2.5).  

Wednesday-Quiz over  Lessons 2.3-2.4.

Thursday-Investigating the Distributive Property (Lesson 2.5, homework-pgs. 91-92 or pg 92 and Enrichment Page 2.5).  

Friday-The Distributive Property of Multiplication (Lesson 2.6)


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

Monday and Tuesday-Lesson 2.5, the distributive property.  Homework will be pages 91-92 or lesson 2.5 PMT.

Wednesday and Thursday-Lesson 2.6, multiplying using expanded form.  Homework will be pages 97-98 or lesson 2.6 PMT

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


Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)-

Monday-Wednesday-Quiz over lessons 2.3-2.4, then lesson 2.5, the distributive property.  Homework will be pages 91-92 or lesson 2.5 PMT.  

Thursday and Friday-lesson 2.6, expanded form.  Homework will be pages 97-98 or lesson 2.6 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!  We are loving the beautiful weather to get outside once in awhile!  This week in PE, students in grades first and second grade will focus on direction and level changes, teamwork, and invading skills!  Students in third and fourth grade will demonstrate throwing, catching, and blocking skills in an activity called eyes up hands up!  Everyone continues to work on our sportsmanship and teamwork!  Keep up the great work in PE!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days!   


Art:  In grade 1 in art we are making pumpkins with faces adding stems and vines.  This is a mixed media project.  First graders are also making 3-D ghosties.  The ghosties are made from construction paper, faces in black marker, and streamers to complete.  Outstanding art projects will be added to the Elda Art Gallery by the art room.  If students artwork is put on display in the  art gallery the students will receive a note so parents will know that their child’s art is in the gallery.


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.


Media:

All grades will begin a unit on Digital Citizenship this week.  Kindergarten, First and Second grade students will discuss safe sites and how quickly close out of problem sites.  While Third grade students will discuss AUPs (Acceptable Use Policies) what they are and how they affect you.  Finally Fourth grade students will discuss personal information, what it is and how to keep it safe.


In the Classroom 10/2 - 10/6

posted Oct 2, 2017, 11:26 AM by Jesse Kohls

1st grade:  

  • Daily 5- This week in reading, we are continuing to focus on choosing “just right” books to read independently as well as continuing to make smooth transitions during daily five!

  • Math- This week we will continue working in chapter 2 of GoMath!. In this chapter, we are focusing on subtraction! First graders are doing a great job at completing their math rounds which consist of a teacher group, an independent round, a math game and a technology round!

  • Writing- This week in writing workshop, we are continuing with strengthening our small moment stories! First graders are adding more and more to their writing and bringing their characters to life by showing them move, feel and talk in their stories!

  • Reading Workshop/Science- This week we will be discussing the WEATHER! We will observe and record weather conditions over a period of time.



2nd grade:

Bookmobile is a new experience for second graders!  Students visited the Lane Public Library Bookmobile last week to check out exciting books.  


Reading:  Students are learning about rhythm and meaning in poems, stories, and  songs.  This week students will search for rhyming words, alliteration, and repetition in poetry!  Students will discuss how different types of figurative language give meaning to the poems.  


Math:  Students will learn addition strategies to build math fluency!  We will practice using doubles facts (1+1, 2+2, etc.), making tens to add, adding 3 addends, and using related addition and subtraction facts (fact families).


Writing:   Students are writing personal narratives.  Second grade is focusing in on writing about special small moment stories.  Students have been working hard to write a beginning that includes the setting or an action that hooks the reader.  In the middle, students have been practicing zooming in and giving lots of details.  We have also been working on writing an ending that gives closure to the story.


Science:  Students are learning about worms and ants.  We will focus on how these animals change their environments.




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. The spelling pattern for this week is short a and e.


In reading mini-lessons, we use our knowledge of story elements to write thorough retellings using the prompts first, next, after that, and in the end. We will also work on retellings using “Somebody Wanted But So Then” in order to assure that all essential elements are included within the retelling. This will carry over into small guided reading groups so that students can work with the teacher to practice at their instructional level using appropriate texts. While the teacher is meeting with groups, students will be engaging in independent reading or centers.


During language this week, students will continue their knowledge of pronouns and expand on it when working with pronoun antecedent agreement.

In math the students are working on chapter 2, which is data analysis and creation. The students are reading picture graphs, tally charts, frequency tables, bar graphs, and line plots. The students are also creating each of these and using them to answer questions and analyze information.


In writing, students continue to work on telling narratives. Students are working on the editing process with the teacher. Then, will begin publishing their writing by typing it on their Chromebook.


In science, all classes continue to study Earth’s Resources. We have been learning about different energies such as minerals and fossil fuels, and renewable energies such as solar, wind, and hydro power.


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, and the difference between fact and opinion.


Writing: Students are learning about writing realistic fiction narratives.  They are studying example texts to look for details that show a text is realistic.  Students are also working on adding dialogue to show when characters are talking.  


Science: This week, students will be participating in an experiment about weathering and erosion on the Earth’s surface.  Also this week, students will begin to learn about Earth’s different landforms, and how weathering, erosion, and deposition can shape these.  


Reminder:  Water Cycle Display projects are due on September 26th for students who have Mr. Jefferson or Mr. Gray.  They are due September 27th for students who have Mrs. Brosier or Mr. Kiefer.  


Social Studies: The study of prehistoric people of Ohio continues on into October. We are investigating cultural changes throughout time such as farming, trading, tools, and religious practices. We’ve learned about so many of the great artifacts left behind and the many resources used in their everyday life. This week there will be a test over the prehistoric tribes learned about thus far.

Math:  

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

Monday-Investigating the Distributive Property (Lesson 2.5, homework-pages 91-92 or pg 92 and Enrichment Page 2.5).

Tuesday-The Distributive Property of Multiplication (Lesson 2.6-homework-pages 97 and 98 or pg 98 and Enrichment Page 2.6)  

Wednesday-Thursday-Partial Products (Lesson 2.7, homework-pages 103 and 104 or pg 104 and Enrichment Page 2.7).  

Friday-Quiz over Lessons 2.5-2.6

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

Monday-Multiplying by 10s, 100s, and 1000s (Lesson 2.3, homework-pages 79 and 80 or pg 80 and Enrichment Page 2.3).  

Tuesday-Estimating Products (Lesson 2.4- homework-pages 85 and 86 or pg 86 and Enrichment 2.4).

Wednesday-Thursday-Investigating the Distributive Property (Lesson 2.5, homework-pgs. 91-92 or pg 92 and Enrichment Page 2.5).  

Friday-Quiz over  Lessons 2.3-2.4.


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

Monday-Lesson 2.4, estimating products.  Homework will be pages 85-86 or 2.4 PMT.  

Tuesday and Wednesday-Quiz over lessons 2.3-2.4, then lesson 2.5, the distributive property.  Homework will be pages 91-92 or lesson 2.5 PMT.  

Thursday and Friday-lesson 2.6, expanded form.  Homework will be pages 97-98 or lesson 2.6 PMT.


Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)-

Monday-Lesson 2.3, multiplying by tens, hundreds, and thousands.  Homework will be pages 79-80 or lesson 2.3 PMT.  

Tuesday-Lesson 2.4, estimating products.  Homework will be pages 85-86 or 2.4 PMT.  Wednesday and Thursday-Quiz over lessons 2.3-2.4, then lesson 2.5, the distributive property.  Homework will be pages 91-92 or lesson 2.5 PMT.  

Friday-lesson 2.6, expanded form.  Homework will be pages 97-98 or lesson 2.6 PMT.


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


Specials:

Physical Education: Students are doing such a great job in PE!  We are working hard to gain even more strength and endurance!  This week, third and fourth graders will be working on their striking, throwing, catching, and teamwork in continuous kickball!  First and second grade students will focus on chasing, invading, and teamwork in shark attack!  Last Friday we had a special guest from Miami University!  The Miami staff talked to us about skating, and we had a blast!  Keep up the great work in PE!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days!  


Art: Student  in third grade in art have been creating Kaleidoscope designs.  Students drew their design in pencil then colored it in with crayon.  They have been making fall pictures using tissue paper and adding printed trees. This week we will begin Halloween art.  Students will be creating 3-D pumpkins.


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.


Media:

All grade levels will be discussing what makes a good book, award winning books and the upcoming Buckeye Children’s book award. This is an award is chosen strictly by children in Ohio nominating titles they like and then voting on the top five titles once a year.   

Check out this year’s nominees at http://bcbookaward.info/current-nominees/

Wear Red Monday, 10/2/17

posted Sep 28, 2017, 11:38 AM by Jesse Kohls

We are excited to welcome Rose back to school!  We are going to have a "red-out"...  Please wear your Country Strong or any red shirt to school on Monday, October 2nd.

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