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Last Week Of School!

posted May 16, 2017, 1:42 PM by Jesse Kohls

Be sure to ask your children about last week of school activities!  
We will post pictures on Twitter @PrincipalKohls

Monday: Move-up Day
Tuesday: Senior Walk :  Fourth Grade vs. Staff Kickball Game
Wednesday: End of Year Awards: 3/4 9:30 am and 1/2 1:00pm :  Fourth Grade Celebration
Thursday: Field Day : Kindergarten Graduation
Friday: Last Day of School : Lip Sync / Pie-in-the-Face Assembly : Fourth Grade Walk

In the Classrooms 5/8 - 5/12

posted May 9, 2017, 8:29 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:

This week in kindergarten our theme is Summer!  Students will be listening to a variety of stories about the season of summer and things that people do in the summer.  In math, we are beginning our last unit on classifying and sorting data.  In writing workshop, students will be finishing up their last writing pieces and sharing their writing with other students.  Kindergarten will finish the week with our Fun in the Sun: End of Year Celebration!



1st grade:  

Reading- The end of the year reading benchmark is an instructional level J. Please continue to spend time reading over the summer to prepare for second grade!


Writing-To finish off the school year, students are doing animal research. By using various texts and online resources, students will collect information about different animals to write a nonfiction book.  We are looking forward to our field trip to the Cincinnati Zoo on Friday, May 12th where we will be able to see some of the animals we have been researching!


Math-This week we are finishing our final chapter of the Go Math program. Students have been working on adding and subtracting two-digit numbers.



2nd grade:

Wow!  Only 2 weeks left!  In reading, students are learning about fairy tales. This week, we will compare and contrast different versions of The Three Little Pigs.  In writing, most classes have finished their unit on poetry.  We are now creating our Young Author Books!  Some classes are publishing a collection of writing from throughout the year into the book.  Others are writing fractured fairy tales or poetry in their books.  Elda is doing a week of coding!  Students will participate in a different coding lesson each day.  It’s going to be a great week!



3rd grade:  

Students will continue to work on their individualized spelling words this week as well as the pattern words. They will be sorting, using their words in a sentence and looking for words with similar spelling patterns in print. This week’s pattern involves r- controlled vowels.


In language, the students will continue working with non-literal language in the form of similes and metaphors. We will be looking at the differences, and working on recognizing them within the text.


Students will be participating in a week of CODE. We will do several “unplugged” lessons to teach Coding basics. Students will learn what an algorithm, program and machine mean in the coding world. We will end the week with an Hour of Code where students will log onto code.org and complete as many lines of code as they can! This will be a fun week!


This week we will wrap up Geometry. Students will test over Chapter 12, and work together to complete a geometry-based project. Students will be using knowledge of geometry, area and perimeter to build a shopping mall! This will be a great review of our 4th quarter math skills.


The last quarter of writing is focusing on adapting fairy tales into our own narratives. Students will be publishing their adaptive fairytale! Students will edit, revise, publish and illustrate this week!


Students will wrap up their unit on Geography this week.



4th grade:  

Reading:  Students are working on reading texts and finding meaning of passages.  Students are also working on interpreting what authors say between the lines.  


Math:  Students continue to learn and practice various math concepts to get ready for fifth grade.


Writing:  Students are continuing to work with example texts to compare and contrast characters, and look for similar themes as they write responses.  

In the Classroom 5/1 - 5/5

posted May 2, 2017, 1:31 PM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:

This week in kindergarten our theme is the Ocean and Fish. Students will be listening to a variety of stories on these two themes.  In math, we are continuing our unit on measurement.  Students are comparing heights and weights of objects.  In writing workshop, we are completing our final on-demand story.  This story will be scored and sent home in report cards at the end of the school year. Kindergarten will finish the week with their Field Trips to Farbach Werner Nature Preserve!


1st grade:  

Reading- This week in reading, we are focusing on making connections during Daily 5. We are working hard on reviewing skills we have learned this year as the year is coming to an end!


Math- This week we are working hard on chapter 8 of GoMath! This chapter is all about solving addition and subtraction problems using two digit numbers!


Writing- This week in writing workshop, we are taking our ON Demand writing test on opinion writing. Students had so much fun with this unit writing reviews on their favorite movies, toys, restaurants, and more! Ask your first grader to share their “best” review!


We will start Animal Research this week! We are going to be using animal books, websites, and other resources to find facts about animals! Each first grader will be able to chose an animal, research it, and finally put together a report on their animal! Just in time for our field trip to the Zoo- how fun!


2nd grade:

It is hard to believe that it is the last month of school already!  We will be working hard during this last month so that students will be prepared for third grade.  In reading, students continue to read fairy tales.  Students read the original version of a fairy tale and then compare it to other versions of the same story.  In writing, students are working on poetry.  They are working hard to use comparisons in their poems.  We are finishing up the last couple of chapters in our math program.  They focus on graphing data and metric measurement.  It is going to be a busy week!



3rd grade:  

Students will continue to work on their individualized spelling words this week as well as the pattern words. They will be sorting, using their words in a sentence and looking for words with similar spelling patterns in print. This week’s pattern finds the students studying comparative (er) and superlative (est) adjectives and adverbs.


In language, the students will be working on comparatives and superlatives adjectives and adverbs as well. Comparative forms of adjectives and adverbs compare two people or things. Superlative forms of adjectives and adverbs compare three or more people or things.


Reading mini-lessons this week are going to focus on the moral or lesson of a story. This ties in with the fairy tales we are working on in writing.


The students continue work on their fairy tale adaptations in writing. They are enjoying using traditional fairy tales as mentor texts and making their own versions by changing elements such as the characters, the setting, and the events. The students are also working to add action and dialogue in their adaptations as well as tethering objects to a character.


We are starting our last unit in math this year will teach the students all about two-dimensional shapes. This week we will be describing plane shapes, talking about different angles and will be able to identify polygons.


The students will be finishing up their unit on economics in social studies this week. They have been learning about budgets, producers, consumers, decisions, renewable and nonrenewable resources, human resources, and capital resources. We will be watching a series of videos called “Econ and Me” to wrap everything up! The last thing we will cover in social studies this year is geography.


4th grade:  

Reading:  Students are working on reading texts and finding meaning of passages.  Students are also working on interpreting what authors say between the lines.  


Math:  Students continue to learn and practice various math concepts to get ready for fifth grade.


Social Studies:  Students will take the Social Studies AIR test this week.


Science:  Students will take the Science MAP test this week.


Writing:  Students are continuing to work with example texts to compare and contrast characters, and look for similar themes as they write responses.  

In the Classroom 4/24/17 - 4/28/17

posted Apr 25, 2017, 7:38 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:

This week in kindergarten our theme is Frogs!  Students will be learning about the Life Cycle of a Frog and learning other interesting facts about frogs.  This information will help prepare the students for their field trip next week!  In math, we are beginning our unit on measurement.  In writing workshop, we are preparing for our 4th quarter, on-demand writing piece. Kindergarten will kick off the week with their Grandparent’s Day celebration!


1st grade:  

Boy, have our first graders been working diligently and stretching their brains!  We are ready to finish the year off strong!  

*In math we have explored the relationship between numbers by learning all about fact families.  We are finishing up our final math unit that includes double digit addition and subtraction.  Be on the lookout for our First Grade Math Memory Book.

*In science we learned all about the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle, energy, and force & motion.  Ask your kiddo about our “roller coaster challenge!”  

*In writing we are wrapping up our opinion unit.  Students are eager to delve into our animal research unit next!

*Upcoming end-of-year assessments include: MAP (Measure of Academic Progress), 100 sight word assessments, 100 spelling word assessment, writing on-demand, assessment, science and social studies common quarterly assessments, and the DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment).  Your first grader has worked so hard and they are ready to show us what they know!


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 continues to focus on 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 will focus on metric measurement.  Poetry continues to be the focus for writing.  This week students are stretching out comparative language throughout their entire poems!


3rd grade:  

This week is the last week of important testing in third grade! Students will take the MAP reading assessment on April 25 and the MAP Math assessment on April 27.


Students will continue to work on their individualized spelling words this week as well as the pattern words. They will be sorting, using their words in a sentence and looking for words with similar spelling patterns in print. This week’s pattern finds the students studying comparative (er) and superlative (est) adjectives and adverbs.


In language, the students will be working on comparatives and superlatives adjectives and adverbs as well. Comparative forms of adjectives and adverbs compare two people or things. Superlative forms of adjectives and adverbs compare three or more people or things.


Reading mini-lessons this week are going to focus on the moral or lesson of a story. This ties in with the fairy tales we are working on in writing.


The students continue work on their fairy tale adaptations in writing. They are enjoying using traditional fairy tales as mentor texts and making their own versions by changing elements such as the characters, the setting, and the events. The students are also working to add action and dialogue in their adaptations as well as tethering objects to a character.


We are starting our last unit in math this year will teach the students all about two-dimensional shapes. This week we will be describing plane shapes, talking about different angles and will be able to identify polygons.


The students will be finishing up their unit on economics in social studies this week. They have been learning about budgets, producers, consumers, decisions, renewable and nonrenewable resources, human resources, and capital resources. We will be watching a series of videos called “Econ and Me” to wrap everything up! The last thing we will cover in social studies this year is geography.


4th grade:  

Reading:  Students are working on reading texts and finding meaning of passages.  Students are also working on interpreting what authors say between the lines.  


Math:  Students continue to learn and practice various math concepts to get ready for fifth grade.


Social Studies:  Students will take the Social Studies AIR test this week.


Science:  Students will take the Science MAP test this week.


Writing:  Students are continuing to work with example texts to compare and contrast characters, and look for similar themes as they write responses.  


Specials:

Physical Education: Time sure flies when we are having fun!  All Elda students are working so hard in PE!  We are enjoying the sunshine with going outside as much as we can!  This week in PE with the first and second graders, students will focus on their speed, specific ball skills, and teamwork in Steal the Ball!  Students in third and fourth grade, students will focus on their agility, teamwork, strategy, and speed in an activity call Invade and Conquer!  We are getting closer and closer to Field Day!  We look forward to the YMCA helping out and running the stations!  We hope to see you here to spend the fun day with your child!  


Art: Students are working at stations in art.  Students are learning how to use the Photobooth program to create pictures of themselves with a variety of effects.  Some of our other stations are painting, drawing, building sculptures, cartooning and jewelry making, etc.  Our stations change every week.


Music:

1st Grade: New Notes Galore!  In first grade we have just learned about our new rhythm notes Ta and Ta-di.  We are using them in all kinds of songs and games.  We are working hard to put our steady beat skills to use when playing on the barred instruments.


2nd Grade: This month 2nd grade will be creating lots of rhythms and songs.  We will be working with some “egg”-cellent rhythms soon to create our own songs for the Easter Bunny!


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.


4th Grade: We have begun working on our concert.  This year we will be creating songs all about things that happen at night.  4th Graders will be performing their concert on Tuesday May 2nd!

In the Classroom 4/17 - 4/21

posted Apr 19, 2017, 12:19 PM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:

This week in kindergarten our theme is Earth Day and the Earth’s Resources.  Students will be learning about how to take care of the earth.  In math, we are continuing our unit on 3D shapes.  In writing workshop, students are continuing to write “how-to” stories and students are practicing adding exciting endings to their stories.  Students are also learning about the difference between a Want and a Need.  Kindergarten students are all taking their spring MAP tests in the computer lab this week.


1st grade:  

With the school year quickly winding down, first graders are doing a lot of skill review in all subject areas. We are gearing up for our end of the quarter on-demand writing in which we give detailed explanations of our opinions. We review books and are able to give solid reasoning for our thoughts. This is a great type of writing because we "can't be wrong"!


Map testing will happen in one weeks. Keep reading and doing your best first graders!



2nd grade:

Second grade students have started a new reading unit about fairy tales!  Students will learn about characteristics of fairy tales.  We will also discuss characters within the story and different points of view.  Students will learn about the structure of the fairy tale, including how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.  This week students are reading and listening to different versions of Cinderella!  Math continues to focus on graphing.  Students will write poetry for the rest of the year in writing!  Don’t forget that second graders are traveling to the Great American Ballpark next Tuesday for our field trip!  Students will participate in a social studies program and take a tour of the Hall of Fame and the ballpark!  Don’t forget to pack a lunch with all disposable items and wear comfortable walking shoes!



3rd grade:  

This week is an important one in third grade! The Math AIR tests will be taken on April 19 and 21. Then, the following week, students will take the MAP reading assessment on April 25, and MAP Math assessment on the 27.


Students will continue to work on their individualized spelling words this week as well as the pattern words. They will be sorting, using their words in a sentence and looking for words with similar spelling patterns in print. This week’s pattern finds the students studying the hard c and soft c sounds.


In language, the students will be working on using dictionaries and glossaries. The students will be using traditional paper dictionaries as well as digital dictionaries. The students will study the use of guide words as well as pronunciations, parts of speech, and multiple definitions of words.


Reading mini-lessons this week are going to focus on comparing and contrasting themes and other elements in works by the same author.


The students continue work on their fairy tale adaptations in writing. They are enjoying using traditional fairy tales as mentor texts and making their own versions by changing elements such as the characters, the setting, and the events. The students are also working to add action and dialogue in their adaptations.


With AIR Math testing this week, the students are working on reviewing skills from this year including rounding, addition, subtraction, fractions, multiplication, division, solving multi-step word problems using all four operations, and geometry. The students will also be taking practice tests online in order to become familiar with the format and the tools they will have to use.


The students continue to focus on economics in social studies. They have been learning about budgets, producers, consumers, decisions, renewable and nonrenewable resources, human resources, and capital resources.


4th grade:  

Reading:  Students are continuing to read and review texts.  While doing this, they are looking for evidence to answer questions and make inferences.


Math:  Students are taking the AIR test this week.


Social Studies:  Students are learning about recent Ohio immigrants and Ohio’s economy.


Science:  Students are working on learning about different measurement skills.


Writing:  Students are studying texts to create literature response essays.  


Specials:

Physical Education: Elda students are working so hard in PE!  This week first and second graders will focus on teamwork and balance together!  They will participate in a fun activity called Sinkerball!  Students will need to concentration in order to move on in the activity.  I know they can do it!  Students in third and fourth grade will also be working on some teamwork!  This week’s activity is call Longball, and they will be focusing on striking, teamwork in the outfield, and sportsmanship!  We are getting closer and closer to Field Day on May 18th!  We hope parents can come and enjoy the fun, fitness day with their child!


Art: Students in first grade are working at stations in art.  Students are learning how to use the Photobooth program to create pictures of themselves with a variety of effects.  Some of our other stations are painting, drawing, building sculptures, cartooning and jewelry making, etc.  Our stations change every week.


Music:

1st Grade: New Notes Galore!  In first grade we have just learned about our new rhythm notes Ta and Ta-di.  We are using them in all kinds of songs and games.  We are working hard to put our steady beat skills to use when playing on the barred instruments.


2nd Grade: This month 2nd grade will be creating lots of rhythms and songs.  We will be working with some “egg”-cellent rhythms soon to create our own songs for the Easter Bunny!


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.


4th Grade: We have begun working on our concert.  This year we will be creating songs all about things that happen at night.  4th Graders will be performing their concert on Tuesday May 2nd!

Save your spot now... Camp Invention!

posted Apr 17, 2017, 7:47 AM by Jesse Kohls

Elda Elementary School will  be hosting Camp Invention during the week of June 12th.  The spring discount of $15 off expires on Monday, May 1st. Use the DISCOVER15 promo code to register at campinvention.org.  Want to send more than one child?  Get $25 off per sibling when you register 2 or more siblings using the promo code SIBLING.  Transform your child’s summer from ordinary to extraordinary. You don't want to miss out on this experience!

In the Classroom 4/10-4/13

posted Apr 11, 2017, 12:16 PM 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 three-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.  We have our Easter parties on Thursday!

1st grade:  

With 28 school days left this year, first graders are doing a lot of skill review in all subject areas. We are gearing up for our end of the quarter on-demand writing in which we give detailed explanations of our opinions. We review books and are able to give solid reasoning for our thoughts. This is a great type of writing because we "can't be wrong"! We will enjoy spring parties at end of the week and look forward to our three day weekend!


Map testing will happen in two weeks. Keep reading and doing your best first graders!



2nd grade:

Second graders will learn about folktales again this week!  We are looking at folktales from cultures around the world.  This week, we will focus on Asian and South American folktales.  Students will practice recounting the folktale and discussing the moral or what the folktale explains.  In math, students are working on measurement and graphing. In writing, classes will be finishing their opinion units and beginning poetry!  Students will use their imaginations and look at ordinary objects with poets’ eyes!  For example, they may look at an ordinary pencil sharpener and imagine that it is a beehive!  We continue to do math fact quizzes each week.  Please continue to read and practice math facts at night!


3rd grade:  

Third grade students have a busy April! This week, we will take our MAP Science assessment. The Math AIR tests will be taken on April 19 and 21. MAP reading is on April 25, and MAP Math is on the 27.


Students will continue to work on their individualized spelling words this week as well as the pattern words. They will be sorting, using their words in a sentence and looking for words with similar spelling patterns in print. This week’s pattern involves a final /k/ sound in words.


In language, the students will continue working with figurative language in the form of similes and metaphors. They will practice identifying these comparisons in text and writing their own.


Reading mini-lessons this week are going to focus on fairy tale elements. The students have completed their ELA AIR tests last week and did a wonderful job!


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.


During math this week, the students are working with finding the area and perimeter of plane figures. Students practice adding the side lengths and counting the sides to find the perimeter. They will use multiplication or counting to find the area of a rectangular shape.


Our last unit in Social Studies will focus on Decisions and Economics. Students will be learning all about producers, consumers, budgets and making smart financial decisions.


We will celebrate our last school party of the year on Thursday before a long weekend!


4th grade:  

Reading:  Students are continuing to read and review texts.  While doing this, they are looking for evidence to answer questions and make inferences.


Math:  Students are continuing to review before next week’s AIR test.


Social Studies:  Students are learning about recent Ohio immigrants and Ohio’s economy.


Science:  Students are working on learning about different measurement skills.


Writing:  Students are studying texts to create literature response essays.  


Specials:

Physical Education: Elda students sure are moving in PE!  Third and fourth graders have been working so hard in their fitness exercises!  We will be wrapping spring results up in the next couple weeks.  The pacer running test is coming up!  The pacer is always a kid favorite!  The first and second graders continue to work on our throwing, rolling, dodging, and teamwork activities!  This week we will be finishing up Pinball and moving into Turmiopallo!  We are all working hard on our sportsmanship and many movement skills!  All students, myself included, are anxiously waiting for some sunshine to get PE outside!


Art: Students in first grade are working at stations in art.  Students are learning how to use the Photobooth program to create pictures of themselves with a variety of effects.  Some of our other stations are painting, drawing, building sculptures, cartooning and jewelry making, etc.  Our stations change every week.


Music:

1st Grade: New Notes Galore!  In first grade we have just learned about our new rhythm notes Ta and Ta-di.  We are using them in all kinds of songs and games.  We are working hard to put our steady beat skills to use when playing on the barred instruments.


2nd Grade: This month 2nd grade will be creating lots of rhythms and songs.  We will be working with some “egg”-cellent rhythms soon to create our own songs for the Easter Bunny!


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.


4th Grade: We have begun working on our concert.  This year we will be creating songs all about things that happen at night.  4th Graders will be performing their concert on Tuesday May 2nd!

Camp Invention is coming back!

posted Apr 7, 2017, 11:50 AM by Jesse Kohls

Elda Elementary School will  be hosting Camp Invention during the week of June 12th.  The spring discount of $15 off expires on Monday, May 1st. Use the DISCOVER15 promo code to register at campinvention.org.  Want to send more than one child?  Get $25 off per sibling when you register 2 or more siblings using the promo code SIBLING.  Transform your child’s summer from ordinary to extraordinary. You don't want to miss out on this experience!

Book Fair! Mark your calendar

posted Apr 7, 2017, 11:34 AM by Jesse Kohls

The dates for the Elda Book Fair:


May 8, 2017 - May 12, 2017


Family nights May 9 & May 11

In the Classroom 4/4/17 - 4/7/17

posted Apr 4, 2017, 9:40 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:

This week in kindergarten our theme is Insects and Bugs.  Students will be listening to stories about different kinds of insects and discussing the information presented within the stories.  In math, we are beginning our unit on identifying and describing two-dimensional shapes.  In writing workshop, we are continuing to write how-to stories.  Students are working on including multiple steps when writing their how-to stories.  They are also reading their stories to make sure they include the most important steps.

1st grade:  

  • Reading-Focuses during guided reading include retelling stories from beginning to end and identifying facts vs. opinions. The end of the year reading benchmark is an instructional level J.

  • Writing- In Writer’s Workshop this quarter we will be focusing on writing reviews and opinion pieces. The unit begins with teaching students that writing can give them a way to make and defend important decisions, such as “Which is my best beanie baby?  My best baseball cap?  Action figure? Which is second best?  Which is the worst?”  Children will learn to write their judgments and their reasons for those judgments and to organize their reasons and supply supporting details for those reasons.  In first grade, the expectations for opinion writing are that students will compose pieces in which they introduce the topic they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.

  • Math- This week first graders will begin chapter 5 of the Go Math program. This chapter focuses on addition and subtraction relationships. Students will learn how relating addition and subtraction can help them better understand facts within 20.

  • Science- Students will focus on force and motion this week.


2nd grade:

Second graders have a special guest speaker this week.  Jennifer Ketchmark, a meteorologist from Channel 9, will be speaking to students on Wednesday!  This goes along with the weather unit that students started this quarter!


In reading, students will be learning about folktales this week!  We are going to be looking at folktales from cultures around the world.  This week, we will focus on African folktales.  Students will practice recounting the folktale and discussing the moral or what the folktale explains.  


In math, students are working on measurement.  Students are measuring objects in inches and feet.  They are deciding what tool (inch ruler, yardstick, or measuring tape) would be best to measure objects around the room.  We continue to do math fact quizzes each week.  Please continue to practice math facts at night!  


In writing, students are writing opinion letters about books they are reading.  They are focusing on writing opinions about characters and parts of the story.  It's going to be a great week!



3rd grade:  

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


In language, the students will continue working with non-literal language in the form of idioms and similes. They investigate the different idioms and try to find and understand their meanings.


Reading mini-lessons this week are going to focus on preparing for the ELA AIR Test, which we will be taking Tuesday and Thursday.  The practice tests we have been using will help the students feel more confident with the format on the day of the test.


During math this week, the students are finishing up the chapter on different forms of measurement. They have been working hard on telling time,finding elapsed time and working with measurement of length, volume, and mass. The next chapter will focus on finding perimeter and area.


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. Our last unit in Social Studies will focus on Decisions and Economics.


4th grade:  

Reading:  Students are learning about plot and character details in fiction texts.  When reading nonfiction, students are learning and practicing using details to find problem and solution, as well as cause and effect.


Math:  Students are working on fractions and geometry skills, as well as reviewing for the AIR Test.


Social Studies:  Students continue to learn about Ohio history, government, and economics.  


Writing:  Students are working on reading texts and responding through writing.


Science:  Students are learning about measurement and states of matter in science.


Specials:

Physical Education: Elda students sure are moving in PE!  Third and fourth graders have been working so hard in their fitness exercises!  We will be wrapping spring results up in the next couple weeks.  The pacer running test is coming up!  The pacer is always a kid favorite!  The first and second graders continue to work on our throwing, rolling, dodging, and teamwork activities!  This week we will be finishing up Pinball and moving into Turmiopallo!  We are all working hard on our sportsmanship and many movement skills!  All students, myself included, are anxiously waiting for some sunshine to get PE outside!


Art: Students in first grade are working at stations in art.  Students are learning how to use the Photobooth program to create pictures of themselves with a variety of effects.  Some of our other stations are painting, drawing, building sculptures, cartooning and jewelry making, etc.  Our stations change every week.


Music:

1st Grade: New Notes Galore!  In first grade we have just learned about our new rhythm notes Ta and Ta-di.  We are using them in all kinds of songs and games.  We are working hard to put our steady beat skills to use when playing on the barred instruments.


2nd Grade: This month 2nd grade will be creating lots of rhythms and songs.  We will be working with some “egg”-cellent rhythms soon to create our own songs for the Easter Bunny!


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.


4th Grade: We have begun working on our concert.  This year we will be creating songs all about things that happen at night.  4th Graders will be performing their concert on Tuesday May 2nd!

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