posted Nov 20, 2014, 10:46 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:  This week in Kindergarten we are reading children's literature about being thankful!  Students are learning about what it means to be thankful and discussing things they are thankful for.  We are learning about the first Thanksgiving and comparing it to how Thanksgiving is celebrated today.  In math, we learned a "tricky teen" song and are gaining more confidence is recognizing, ordering, and writing the teen numbers.  The sight words "the" and "my" have been added to our word wall and we are practicing reading this word in the daily poem.  We are working on adding more details to our illustrations and words in writing workshop.  Students will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week with a kindergarten "feast" in the lunchroom.  The kindergarteners will get to have the experience of buying and eating their first school lunch! 

1st grade:  In social studies, we will be learning about the past, present and future.  This can be accomplished by learning about Thanksgiving traditions from long ago and compare it to traditions of today.  Students will also determine the difference between wants and needs. 

We will continue to discover informational writing features and use them in our own writing.  Learning how to introduce a topic that hooks your readers is very important.  Writing in ways that "teach" readers is very exciting for first graders. 

2nd grade:  Second grade teachers enjoyed conferencing with parents this week. It is pleasure to be your child's teacher and a joy to talk about all their accomplishments.

In reading we have continued working on asking and answering questions about nonfiction texts. This is challenging skill due to the complexity and vocabulary of informational text. The students have also been working with informational writing. We have been asking students to add text features we have studied in reading to their own writings. They are doing an amazing job!

In math we have wrapped up addition strategies. We have covered standard regrouping, addition using expanded notation and using base ten sets. It is interesting to watch students work through the different strategies and pick a favorite.


3rd grade:  During small, Guided Reading groups, students have been working with informational texts at a variety of levels based upon ability and they skills each student needs to work on. Some of the standards covered with informational text include fluency and decoding, asking and answering questions, and using text features.

Reading informational texts during Guided Reading also helps students with their writing this quarter, which is also informational text. The students have found text features that are different from fiction texts, chosen an informational book to use for research, and have brainstormed headings that they will include in their own informational pieces. They have even begun their research and created bulleted lists under each heading that they have created.

Language this week finds us continuing work with verbs. Students in one third grade class will be making iMovie trailers using verbs!

Third graders are continuing their work on multiplication, introducing 7s, and working on skip counting, repeated addition, building arrays, and drawing pictures as strategies to help with understanding the concept of multiplication. Students will also be practicing fact fluency, playing multiplication games with partners, and working in small groups with the teacher to help reinforce concepts, as well as challenge students to extend their thinking.

In social studies, we are finishing up our unit on Government.  We have been discussing local government and the services provided, the rights and responsibilities of citizens and those in charge.

4th grade:  Math - Students continue to work on addition, subtraction, and multiplication strategies.  They are exploring the relationship between multiplication and division.

Reading - This week students will be comparing and contrasting point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first and third person narrations.

Social Studies - We are reading and learning about the Historic Native Americans; the six historic tribes, their cultures, customs, leaders etc. This leads into the conflicts that come about from European settlers such as the Colonists and French explorers. We can’t wait to study the French and Indian War!

Science - Fourth graders are finishing up Earth’s processes such as volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, avalanches and the shifting plates below that are the main cause of all of this! We will be reviewing this unit all week then will be moving on to life science very soon!

Writing - Students are exploring opinions!

Specials:  Music: This month in first grade we are exploring musical animals. 1st graders will experience and listen to various pieces of music from Carnival of the Animals. Students will move like fish, elephants, and kangaroos. By listening to music, the students will be able to tell if the piece of music is fast like a Hare or slow like a Tortoise . First graders will also show the direction of the melody for animals such as lions, kangaroos, and fish. Finally, student will work together to create rhythm compositions using different animal names.

Media Center:  Book fair was a great success last week and we met our goal of 2,400 books by purchasing 2,449 books at our Fall Book Fair.  Second grade students will begin a unit on how fiction books are arranged on the book shelves, what call numbers are, and how the online card catalog works. Learning these skills will help our students become independent users of not just Elda’s library, but of all libraries.

Art: Students will continue American Indian projects.  They will make Indian headbands with construction paper adding a repeating pattern.  They will create beaded bracelets, necklaces, and complete the unit with an American Indian eagle dance. 

Physical Education:  Students are learning/playing with the parachute this week.  This for the kids is probably one of the most exiting structures we play with during the year.  We are playing a musical chairs type game that has the students running under the parachute and switching locations with someone who had the same color as them.  We start by doing one color at a time and then try to see how many different colors we can get through before the parachute is too low to run underneath.  We are also ‘camping’ in our parachute tent.  The students raise the parachute as high as they can, then step underneath it and sit on the parachute.  This creates a large ‘bubble’ and the students are sitting underneath/inside the parachute.  They love it!  The parachute is an upper body exercise unit.  Students use their arms and shoulder muscles to manipulate the parachute.  Lots of fun this week in Elda PE.