posted Feb 2, 2015, 12:49 PM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:  This is an exciting week in kindergarten as we explore dinosaurs and celebrate the 100th Day of School!  In math, we will use our dinosaur friends to help us compare numbers and will explore the concept of 100 along with just what a group of 100 looks like.  In writing, we will continue writing "how to" stories and will focus on making revisions and adding details and labels to our work.  The sight word "said" will be added to our word wall and we will be introduced to the hunk and chunk "all".  We will continue reviewing the hunks and chunks th, sh, ch and ing and finding them in words.

1st grade:  We have started learning about maps, map keys, landforms and the compass rose.  First graders will draw maps of the classroom and learn about globes. 

In math, students are learning how to compare numbers by using the terms greater than, less than and equal. 

Third quarter writing genre is Opinion Writing.  Students will learn how to grab their reader’s attention and then state their opinion on a book or on a topic.  The writer will also show evidence for their opinion by providing three reasons.  Opinion writing will also contain a closing, or re-stating the opinion, at the end of each piece of writing. 

The first week of February also brings us Groundhogs Day along with the 100th day of school!


2nd grade:  Second grade students are writing their opinion in a letter format.  This week, students are focusing on writing about their favorite part or their favorite character.  Students are practicing retelling parts of the book to support their opinion.

In reading, students are practicing many skills using biographies.  This week we are focusing on Helen Keller. Students are picking out important events from her life and making timelines, finding the main idea of sections of the book, comparing a book to a passage on Helen Keller, and practicing using nonfiction text features like glossaries to help them better understand what they are reading! 

Graphing is the main focus in math again this week!  Students are creating, reading, and analyzing picture and bar graphs, tally charts, and line plots.  Students are also interpreting these graphs and answering questions about them.  We will continue to do math fact quizzes, so please continue to practice these each night! 


3rd grade:  During small, Guided Reading groups, the students will continue to 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 reviewing 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.  We will also begin to learn suffixes this week.

In math, we are continuing our new unit on measuring to the nearest ¾ of an inch.  We will continue to do our multiplication timed tests each week and this week the test will be over the 4’s facts.

In social studies we will continue our unit on Community Changes.

We are learning how to write our Opinion pieces for the 3rd quarter.

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 are working on informational writing for this quarter.



Music:  Second grade students has been traveling to a mythical music land known as 6/8 land.  In 6/8 land students feel the need to skip to the music when they sing.  This is a different way of feeling the music.  Second grade students are beginning to learn about the new notes that are used in 6/8 land.  We will be composing with these new notes very soon.


Art:  Students in Mrs. Chow’s class are creating landscapes.  The students are drawing their picture in pencil, outlining with marker and coloring with crayon.  Mrs. Campbell’s class created some really unique shape pictures.  The class was given a 12X17 sheet of white paper and a shape.  Students glued their shape down then drew a picture around their shape.  Mrs. Chuhak’s class has their awesome clay Valentine dishes on display in Elda’s lobby.   Mrs. Ellinghausen’s class painted a crayon resist cityscape. Mrs. Martin’s class will be completing a relief sculpture made from cardboard, wood pieces, and paper.


Physical Education: We are continuing our Jump Rope for Heart unit where we will be talking about heart health and exercise.  This is a large unit in coordination with the American Heart Association.  Students are earning a lot of ducks!  We will watch a small video and talk about what the American Heart Association does and how we can help.


Media Center:  Second grade students will be checking out fiction and nonfiction books and listening to the book Little Read Hen by Dianne de Las Casas. This book is about a Hen who invites barnyard friends to help her write a story. As she follows the steps of the writing process, students learn how they too can use these steps to improve their own writing.