posted Jan 20, 2015, 12:53 PM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:  This week in kindergarten we will be taking an in-depth look at two classic winter tales; The Mitten and The Hat by Jan Brett. We will compare and contrast the plots of each story as well as make props for story re-telling. In writing, we will kick off the new quarter with "How-To" writing. Students will start writing stories to teach the reader how to do something they know about like making a sandwich or riding a bike! We will add the sight word "am" to our word wall and begin exploring "th" words.


1st grade:  First graders continue to learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. and all his wonderful accomplishments. 

We will learn what an "opinion" is and how to put our opinions into a writing form.  In math, we will begin place value and comparing numbers (i.e. greater than, less than, equal to).

Be sure to continue to send your first grader to school PREPARED! Prepared with their school supplies, completed homework, and appropriate clothing for specials/outdoor recess.  We need to go outside to stretch, breath fresh air, and play with friends in order to concentrate in the classroom. 


2nd grade:  It’s hard to believe that we are already starting the third quarter of the school year!  We are starting a new type of writing!  Students are beginning to learn about opinion or persuasive writing! By the end of the quarter, students will be expected to write an opinion piece of writing in which they state their opinion at the beginning and set the reader up to expect what the writing is trying to convince them of: it includes reasons for their opinion, and writes an ending that reminds the reader of the opinion.  We will work hard throughout the quarter to practice including all of these different components. 

In math, students continue to take math fact quizzes twice a week.  The goal for the end of the year is for students to pass all of their quizzes to plus(+) 9 and minus(-) 9!  Students continue to work on solving multiplication problems using repeated addition and arrays. 

In reading, classes are practicing answering questions from informational texts.  Students are looking back in the text to find proof to answer the question.  They are then working hard to restate the question and answer in a complete sentence.    

3rd grade:  This is the beginning of third quarter. Students will need to earn 6 points this quarter in AR. Remember that students need to meet each quarter goal in order to earn a medal at the end of the year. The total amount of points needed for the medals are 50 points for gold, 40 points for silver, and 30 points for bronze.

During small, Guided Reading groups, the students will work on comparing and contrasting paired passages with the teacher. The students will continue to work on skills independently during this center time. Language time has students learning what a prefix is and how it changes the meaning of a word. For example, if you add the prefix pre- to the word view, it means to view before.

Third graders are continuing their work on multiplication and division this week, using their problem solving skills to figure out one and two step word problems. Students will be taking their multiplication facts test this week over facts 0, 1, 2, 5 and 10s.

In science we are wrapping up our unit on Energy and will be assessing by the end of the week. Next up in social studies will be Community Changes.


4th grade:

Math--Students continue to learn and apply different multiplication methods and fraction concepts.

Reading--Students are working on strategies for comprehension and supporting answers with examples from texts.

Social Studies--Students continue to focus on various periods in Ohio’s history.

Science--Students are continuing to learn about fossils and changes to ecosystems.

Writing--Students will begin working on informational writing for this quarter.



Music:  Fourth grade students have begun the recorder! What an exciting time! We worked on how to blow into the recorder the correct way. We are currently working on playing 2 notes, A and C. The students are thoroughly excited to finally be able to play their recorders and take them home to practice.


Art:  Students in fourth grade are completing Valentine projects.  Miss Carrel’s fourth grade made Valentine paper collages using construction paper, string, yarn, foil, etc.  Mrs. Brosier’s fourth graders just completed clay sculptures.  The students used the pinch pull method to create a self portrait sculpture.  All fourth grade students will begin working on projects for this year’s art show.  


Physical Education: Sit up testing this week.  This is the final sit up test we take this year.  Hopefully all students have been putting in a little extra time at home to prepare them for this test.  I will get 10-15 students finished each class.  We will have a small amount of time at the end of class to play a game that focuses on running.


Media Center:  Fourth grade students are practicing using the Online Card Catalog and locating books they are interested in checking out.  We will be taking a two week break from media classes as the entire school will be MAP testing and our media center will the testing center for all classes.  When we resume regular media classes, our students will be learning about various genres and hopefully exploring one or two genres new to them.