posted Apr 21, 2015, 7:20 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:  This week in kindergarten we will be exploring plants along with their needs, parts and life cycle and how this ties in with spring.  As we read this week, we will continue focusing on making connections and identifying the characters and setting.  In writing, we will continue working on writing opinion stories and will focus on identifying a problem, explaining it to our reader and writing a solution.  In math, we are working on subtracting both vertically and horizontally and showing our problems using manipulatives.  We are even being challenged to differentiate between addition and subtraction symbols when we see them!  As we start to get this under our belts, we will begin learning about 3-D shapes and will compare them to their 2-D counterparts.

1st grade: First graders will learn all about Recycling and the importance of conservation. 

Fourth quarter writing is all about Realistic Fiction!  Students are learning how to create a character and write about them in "real" or small moment stories.  First graders are discovering how to use dialogue or talking words to make their character come to life.

In math we will be introducing 3D shapes and charting their properties, sorting 3D shapes by attributes, sorting and comparing 2D and 3D shapes, and composing new shapes from 2D and 3D shapes.

In small reading groups we are working on - Reading strategies for different levels, monitoring comprehension, reading for fluency, self-correcting quickly.  We will also synthesize stories, practice phrasing and fluency, work on inferring, compare and contrast, using text as evidence, making connections, and having conversations about books.

2nd grade: Second graders have been learning about folktales this week!  We are going to be looking at folktales from cultures around the world.  This week, we focused on African folktales.  Students practiced recounting the folktale and discussing the moral or what the folktale explains.  In math, students are working on time.  We are practicing writing time on digital and analog clocks.  Students need to know how to tell time to the nearest five minutes.  Poetry continues to be the focus for writing!  Students are being creative and looking at tiny topics through poets’ eyes!  We continue to do math fact quizzes each week.  Please continue to practice math facts at night! 


3rd grade: In Math, most third grade classes will be finishing up the fractions unit and assessing. This week we will also be starting our geometry unit by learning about lines, line segments and rays as well as angles. This will help us to identify and describe polygons.

For Guided Reading, students will take time to work on OAA prep for our upcoming test next week. We will be taking practice tests which we will go over in class and we will discuss good test taking skills!

Language this week finds students reviewing using dialogue correctly with quotation marks and commas. The students can then use them in their fairy tales. They will also learn about what words need to be capitalized in titles.

In Social Studies, we began economics last week. The students discussed incentives that they have here at school and at home. This week they will be talking about scarcity and supply and demand. We will also introduce the students to the word: opportunity cost!

During writing, students will continue to write fairy tale adaptations. Students have chosen a well-known fairy tale to adapt such as Little Red Riding Hood or The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff. Classes are adapting Cinderella as a whole class.


4th grade: Math--This week, students will be finding and drawing lines of symmetry.

Reading--Students are working on strategies for comprehension and supporting answers with examples from texts. The focus of this quarter will be on literary texts.  Students will be writing journal entries and discussing their texts in small groups.

Social Studies--Students will be learning about concepts in economics.  Goods, services, entrepreneurship, and factors of production.  

Science--Students will be finishing up their study of ecosystems.  They will also use scientific processes to measure objects.

Writing--Literary essays will be the focus for this quarter.  Students will be coming up with thesis statements, and supporting them with evidence from the text.



Music:  Fourth grade students have finished their recorder unit.  Students did an excellent job working through the Recorder Karate belt songs!  We have now begun working on our concert songs.  This year we are doing a concert full of Rock & Roll classics.  It is sure to be a fun concert!

Art: In art this week Mrs. Fry’s students are completing a picture of themselves surfing and adding it to their seascape.  Mrs. Jackson’s class will be completing a mosaic and adding a lobster to complete it.  Mrs. Jelinek’s class will complete Hawaiian windsocks.  Mr. Williams’ class will complete painting a crayon-resist sea turtle picture.

Physical Education: Students will continue to play baseball/tee ball this week.  We will work on fielding and catching fly balls and ground balls with a baseball glove.  We will be continuing to do the new warm up exercise that will tax the students cardiovascular system, the burpee.  This is going to get us ready for our upcoming physical fitness test of the fourth quarter, push ups.  The students have been working all year long on improving the score from the first quarter with practice in class and assigned practice at home.  If they have been working hard the students will show great improvement on this test.  The students have been informed of a nutrition and health quiz for the fourth quarter.  All of the information to study for the quiz is on my website, ericgreiser.wix.com/greiserclasselda. 

Media Center:  This week we are finishing up with MAP so Kindergarten students will not have media.  But next Monday we will be discussing Internet safety, safe sites and what to do if you accidentally get to a site that makes students uncomfortable.  With all of the devices our children have access to in today’s world, it is important to make sure our children know how to keep themselves safe online.